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Locals Await Trump Rally in Tallahassee

Trump Rally Venue in Tallahassee
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:31:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began his multi-day Florida campaign tour Sunday and will make a stop in the Capital City Tuesday.

James Dilmore, president of FSU College Republicans, says Tallahassee is ready to cheer on the man he believes will be the next president. The club plans to tailgate Tuesday afternoon.

"We're going to have the opportunity as a club to be there, support him, rally him on, make beautiful handwritten signs," he said, "just have a great time."

This will be Trump's first visit to Tallahassee for his campaign. Dilmore said having him here makes local supporters feel important.

"Florida is a battleground state," Dilmore said. "We are not necessarily the biggest metropolitan area by any means, but the fact he cares enough to come and visit us, to see us, to host a rally -- it's wonderful."

Trump's visit is prompting some, however, to speak out. Groups have organized on social media to protest his appearance.

"We encourage people to get out the vote, but I think it's time to do more than just get out the vote," said community activist Lakey Love. "It's time to get your voice out there."

Protestors plan to line the sidewalk leading to the venue. The main message, Love said, is to oppose a candidate who has made offensive remarks to several groups.

"I think that kind of rhetoric is not representative of this country," Love said, "and I'm worried about having a president that reflects that kind of baited hate."

Despite Trump rallies across the country that have been marked with violence, both supporters and opponents expect this event to be peaceful.

"I don't suspect anything's going to...need to be worried about," Dilmore said. "It'll be wonderful -- nice, safe, wonderful event."

"We cannot control the other side, but none of us that are going to protest want to be hurt or want to incite violence," Love said.

The rally is a free event, but online tickets are required to attend. Doors open at 3 p.m.