No matter what Donald Trump says tonight at the rally launching his re-election campaign, the US president’s 2020 effort really kicked off right after his inauguration. In fact, it started with a rally in Melbourne, Florida in February 2017, less than a month after Trump was sworn in.
Since then, Florida has continued to be vital to the Trump experience. Besides presidential time spent at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida manse (and apparent spy haven), the state has delivered some of Trump’s biggest election victories and been a consistent target of his policymaking. Most important, it’s hard to imagine a road to the White House in 2020 that doesn’t go through Florida.
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