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In battleground Florida, Republicans shrug off Trump's tweet 'kerfuffle'

FILE PHOTO: Robin Mayo holds a Trump flag during a roadside sign waving rally with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in the Pinellas County city of Clearwater, Florida, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

An immigrant to the United States, Suzanne Vale took no offense at Republican President Donald Trump’s tweet this week telling Democratic congresswomen they are free to “go back” to their ancestral homes if America is not to their liking.

She disagrees with critics who accuse Trump of race-baiting with his attacks on the four women of color.

“I don’t care what you are - what religion, where you come from,” said Vale, 61, a Trump supporter from England who also voted for Democrat Barack Obama, America’s first black president. “If you believe the same things we believe, you are welcome.”

Vale’s views were quietly echoed Thursday night around white-clothed tables at an Italian restaurant during the monthly meeting of a local Republican club in Pinellas County, Florida, the largest county that swings between the political parties in presidential elections in America’s largest swing state.

A day after a crowd at a raucous Trump rally in North Carolina chanted “send her back” about one of the Democratic women, Somalian U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, these Republican voters in Florida focused their agenda on a discussion with their local sheriff about traffic and avoiding tickets under a new state law that banned texting while driving.


20th July 2019

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