With little more than a week to Election Day, President Trump cast an early vote in Florida today. He voted about 5 miles from the oceanfront Mar-a-Lago club, that is now his residence and one of many golf clubs he owns. Trump had requested an absentee ballot but decided to vote in person.
“I like being able to vote. I’m old fashioned I guess,” Trump told thousands on Friday at a rally at The Villages, Florida. Throngs of supporters lined the streets outside of Palm Beach County’s main library in West Palm Beach to catch a glimpse of Trump, who was wearing a mask and flanked by a team of bodyguards.
“I voted for a guy named Trump,” the president said on the walk to his limousine. “It was a very secure vote, much more secure than when you send in a ballot.” Trump noted the importance of voting in-person, a familiar refrain from his campaign during an unprecedented election season during which the number of mail-in ballots will be the highest in history due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump changed his residency from New York to Florida a year ago. The president’s vote represents the first time the he has voted in-person in Florida’s 21st Congressional District since establishing his residence in Florida. In 2016, he and his wife, Melania, had voted at Public School 59 just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Trump’s stop at the voting location in West Palm Beach, was his first event of the day, which will be long day on the campaign trail with events scheduled in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin in the remainder of the day.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a 7-second clip of the president leaving the polling place to what she claimed were “audible chants of ‘4 more years.”
Video from outside the polling place showed a large group of Trump fans waving flags and yelling optimistic messages to the president. Trump quickly boarded Air Force One ahead of the grueling final stretch to Election Day, which will see him zigzag across the country to appear at multiple campaign rallies a day from New Hampshire to Nevada.