Everything we saw at Donald Trump’s last-minute Tampa rally


On Thursday, Donald Trump’s last-minute rally at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium shut down streets near one of Hillsborough County’s largest Early Voting sites and also left some of his supporters feeling like a hot mess.

“We responded to 16 calls for service and transported 13,” Jason Penny, Public Information Officer at Tampa Fire Rescue, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay when asked about supporters of the president who were overcome by temperatures in the high-80s.

For the most part, however, Trump’s fanatics (and at least one of their dogs) ignored signage asking them to wear face coverings and seemed happy to be in and around the stadium’s north lot honoring their leader.

Outside, more Trumpers, plus folks peacefully protesting the president's appearance, made their presence known.

—Ray Roa

10/29/2020 | Photos by Kimberly DeFalco and Dave Decker