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Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Cancels Campaign Events To Protest At Upcoming Trump Rally

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene announced he is canceling planned campaign stops so he can protest outside of President Donald Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday night.

Greene cut campaign events in St. Petersburg and Tampa, reported The Tampa Bay Times. Instead, he will park his campaign bus emblazoned with the phrase “Trump’s Worst Nightmare” and join in the rally protests being planned for Tuesday.

“Everybody is so fed up with Trump that they really want to be right there in the thick of it,” Greene’s campaign spokeswoman Claire Van Susteren told The Tampa Bay Times. “People are energized and ready to show people that they don’t support his agenda and that Ron DeSantis will not be our next governor.”

Greene will also set up his own stage and sound system at the rally, reported The Tampa Bay Times.

Greene has made disapproval of Trump part of his platform. He called the president “truly unhinged” in a tweet on Sunday. He also called Trump “a traitor” in a tweet that used the hashtag #TurnFloridaBlue on Saturday.

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Greene is a Palm Beach, Florida, real estate investor with a net worth of over $3 billion, reported the Palm Beach Post. He and Trump are neighbors in Palm Beach, and Greene is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club, according to Politifact Florida(RELATED: Democratic Florida Governor Candidate’s Ad Pictures The NRA Using School Kids For Target Practice)

Greene targeted Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago with ads that used a photo of Greene posing defiantly at the members-only golf club, reported The Palm Beach Daily News.

“Every time Trump comes here to play golf, Florida taxpayers are paying for it. … Jeff Greene will put a stop to that day one,” claimed one of Greene’s campaign ads.

Politifact Florida rated the claim “Mostly False” because the federal government reimburses local Florida law enforcement for extra spending when Trump travels there.

Greene also sent voters mailers with illustrations of the National Rifle Association using schoolchildren-shaped targets for “AR Practice.”

A late-comer to the race, Greene will face fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates like former Florida Rep. Gwen Graham. Greene and Graham are among six candidates, both Republican and Democratic, battling to replace Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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