Miami-Dade County

Pro-Trump rally draws dozens of supporters to Tropical Park

Nancy Leon Garcia holds an American flag during a rally outside Tropical Park on Saturday to support President Donald Trump and his likely changes to U.S.-Cuba policy.
Nancy Leon Garcia holds an American flag during a rally outside Tropical Park on Saturday to support President Donald Trump and his likely changes to U.S.-Cuba policy. rkoltun@miamiherald.com

Inside the Beltway, the prevailing view is President Donald Trump had a rough week.

Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony was appointment television, and his repeated characterization of Trump as far from honest surely left a mark.

But Trump’s standing among his base remains strong — and enthusiastic. Take, for instance, the people who make up Miami Dade Citizens 4 Trump and Tea Party 40. The groups jointly held a pro-Trump rally at Tropical Park Saturday, and roughly 100 supporters gave up a sizable chunk of their weekend to be there.

“This Saturday we unite our efforts with a national event to show support for President Trump and to denounce those working in order to prevent him from doing his job,” the groups wrote in an email promoting the event.

While Trump’s approval rating has dipped into the 30s nationally, conservatives have lined up behind the president in his fight with Comey. Social conservatives and evangelicals gave full-throated support at a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Washington on Friday.

The Miami rally came less than a week before Trump is expected to announce his administration’s changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, which was an animating topic among those gathered at Tropical Park. The belief is that Trump will take a harder line on Cuba than his predecessor during the announcement, which will be held in Miami.

Miami Herald photographer Roberto Koltun contributed to this report.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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