Far from the stifling confines of the
"A really special place," Trump said, as he took the stage before a crowd of about 1,000 packed into a performing arts center. "I was thinking about moving to
Trump's visit to
Among his supporters in this sprawling collection of planned 55-and-over communities -- where two out of three people voted for him in 2016 -- impeachment is considered a joke. And the real scandal involving
Trump, to the hundreds who flocked to the town of
"Among all the negativity that surrounds him from so many different kinds of people -- from Antifa to the radical
"He's taking all these daggers in the back in
Spreading over 32 square miles,
According to Let's Preserve the American Dream, a political nonprofit that specializes in voter research around the country, an analysis of voting at precincts in
To the Trump supporters who waited for the president Thursday, the America they wake up to every day is different from the one described by the Democratic presidential candidates. Mostly living on pensions and protected by Medicare, few are worried about their own healthcare, or jobs, fretting instead about their kids. But despite the serene setting, with lakes and golf courses in all directions and the southwest border thousands of miles away, they're worried about illegal immigration and the rise of socialism.
"The culture has changed so dramatically compared to when I was your age, it's barely recognizable," said Dreyfus, who showed up for Trump's event dressed in an American flag shirt and carrying a sign equating liberalism with communism. "It may already be too late for America."
Trump's visit Thursday -- rescheduled this summer in the wake of mass shootings in
He quipped that he could have drawn 25,000 people if he held the event outdoors.
Outside, a massive screen was set up in the town square for the throngs who didn't receive
Inside the two-tiered, 1,000-seat concert venue -- named after the late, first wife of Villages developer
Trump's latest executive order is part of a strategy to thread the needle on healthcare. After pushing to dismantle Obamacare, he now plans on -- as Health and Human Services Secretary
"He thinks he can distract Floridians from his anti-health record with theatrics, but we see right through it," said
But Trump's message was well-received in
"If you believe the media, he's going to come here and cut Medicare," said
"With Trump, we keep our right to free speech, to free worship, to bear arms and to hold onto that
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