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President Trump reportedly visiting The Villages next week

President Trump reportedly will make his first visit to The Villages on Aug. 6.

Reports Monday night indicated that the president will hold an event in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown focused on Medicare. It will be an invitation-only gathering. The venue and time of the visit also haven’t been announced.

President Trump reportedly will visit The Villages on Aug. 6 for an event focused on Medicare.

Trump would become the second sitting president to visit The Villages. President George W. Bush became the first when he made a campaign stop at Lake Sumter Landing in October 2004 – just 15 days before the November presidential election.

Trump, who enjoys huge support in The Villages, was in Orlando on June 18 to kick off his 2020 re-election campaign. His rally at the Amway Center drew close to 20,000 supporters and the president said his office had received about 120,000 request to attend the event.

Two busloads of residents, the majority of whom belonged to Villagers for Trump, took chartered buses to the event. And another large group of club members held a watch party at Gator’s Dockside at Brownwood that night and loudly cheered for the president as he laid out his re-election plans.

Villagers for Trump is a grassroots effort to support the president that was founded by David Gee a little more than a year ago. The group now boasts 1,700 members, holds monthly rallies at Villages recreation centers and clearly has become the choice of Villages Republicans.

Villagers for Trump Vice President Jim Volpe visited with President Trump in November 2018 at Trump International Golf Club. Volpe gave the president a program from the Oct. 29 Trump Day Dinner that was held at Eisenhower Recreation Center.

In November 2018, Trump learned firsthand about Villagers for Trump when the group’s vice president, Jim Volpe, was at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach with a friend who has known Trump for 20 years. Volpe had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the president and he showed him the program from the club’s Oct. 29 Trump Day dinner.

“President Trump immediately thanked me and Villagers For Trump for their support,” Volpe said. “He loved the program.”

To his surprise, Volpe added, the president asked him his opinion regarding the rally he held in Tampa with future Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 31, 2018. That event, which was heavily attended by area residents, took place on the night after DeSantis held a rally at a Villagers for Trump meeting at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

On the eve of his rally in Tampa with President Trump in July 2018, then-GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis brought his campaign to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown and had members of Villagers for Trump on their feet cheering loudly.

“I immediately answered, “You won the election for Ron DeSantis,’” Volpe said of the former congressman who carried an endorsement from Trump and Villagers for Trump throughout his tight race against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was endorsed by former President Obama, notorious trial attorney John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan and “Blacklist” actress Megan Boone, who is the granddaughter of late Villages Developer Gary Morse and the daughter of Villages Vice President of Sales Jennifer Parr.

The design for Trump 2020 water features blue bottles with red caps and American Flags. Trump 2020 appears on one side of the white bottle wrapper and the Villagers for Trump logo is on the other side.

Members of Villagers for Trump also have been quite active in the past several months in showing their support for the president. Earlier this month, the group announced that it was selling Trump 2020 bottled water, which quickly proved to be a hot item among members.

The group also flocked to a busy intersection in Wildwood on July 19 and held a flag-waving event to support the president. Semi-truck air horns could be heard blaring and motorists were honking, waving and giving the thumbs-up sign as the group held signs and waved flags at the intersection of State Road 44 and U.S. 301.

Villagers for Trump member Dick Clapp, of the Village of Calumet Grove, was one of many members of the group who came out to Wildwood recently to show support for the president.
Close to 40 members of Villagers for Trump attended a flag-waving event June 14 at the corner of Morse Boulevard and County Road 466.

On June 14, the group held a similar event at the corner of Morse Boulevard and County Road 466. That event was designed to celebrate Flag Day and Trump’s 73rd birthday.

Villagers for Trump also has held numerous golf cart rallies in Lake Sumter Landing and Spanish Springs Town Square. Some of those include:

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