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Donald Trump Jr. speaks at rally in Ormond Beach

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. © Nigel Cook/News-Journal Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

A crowd organizers estimated at 2,000 people — many of them wearing cowboy hats, bedazzled jean jackets and lots of red, white and blue — gather Saturday afternoon at 2A Ranch to hear Donald Trump Jr. make the case for his father's reelection for president.

It was clearly a Republican crowd that needed little convincing to vote for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. et al. standing in front of a flag: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. © Nigel Cook/News-Journal Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Nor were those in attendance seemingly concerned about the coronavirus pandemic. On a day when Florida surpassed 4,000 cases for the first time since August, there was little attention to social distancing and few people wore protective masks.

With 29 electoral votes and a track record of close statewide elections, Florida remains a main focus, especially with only slightly more than two weeks to the Nov. 3 election.

During his speech, Trump Jr. emphasized his father's history as a "blue-collared billionaire," saying business was something his family grew up in, and going as far as saying he would bet the president worked more blue-collared jobs than Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"You've seen what's going on, you've been watching the news," he said. "Joe Biden shipped our American dream abroad, and now he thinks he's going to fix it."

Robin Leoffler, an Ormond Beach resident, said he was at the rally because he believed it was important to support the Constitution. Whether it be legal immigration, fighting against abortion or "keeping anarchy to a minimum," he said he thinks Trump has kept his promises.

"Things are just tumultuous right now, and he's (Trump) going to help us get back on track. Especially with what they teach in the schools now. They're taught about white privilege, and not about how Obama made things worse than before," he said. "Instead of moving forward, whites are taught to be ashamed of themselves. It's all radically changed, and people need to realize that. We've made progress since the 60s."

Karen Dillard of Ormond Beach said the way Trump wanted to lower taxes and his fight against abortion were what made her vote for him four years ago, and it's going to make her vote for him again.

"Our taxes are lower, and the economy is great. We're working class Americans here, and he's fighting for us," Dillard said. "He knows what we go through. He takes care of us, even though the Democrats give him a hard time." 

Liz Yates, a Palm Coast resident of 15 years, said she was at the rally to "help spread the positivity." She said it can be hard to be a Republican when social media is so pro-Democrat, and that her anti-abortion view and belief in the Second Amendment are echoed by the rest of the people at the rally.

"(Trump) is going to keep our borders secure, and he's going to keep our personal freedoms intact," she said. "We just want a bit of positivity in our life right now."

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. © Nigel Cook/News-Journal Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Trump Campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Social media was a large topic of conversation for Trump Jr., who talked about Republican suppression on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, claiming that those who run them are actively working to suppress conservative, Christian or anti-abortion views.

"This is about Americans versus algorithms," he said. "If they can suppress me, if they can suppress my father, the president of the United States, then who can't they do it to? More importantly, who won't they do it to?"

While the audience was strongly supporting Trump, voting so far in Volusia County may give those supporters cause for concern.

As of Saturday, nearly 80,000 people have already voted by mail in the county. And although the county has a good majority of Republican voters, more than 9,000 more Democrats have voted than Republicans.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at rally in Ormond Beach

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