Trump Jr. gets hero’s welcome at book-signing event in The Villages

Villager Denise Neal was among the first to have her book autographed by Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. received a hero’s welcome during a book-signing event Friday afternoon at Barnes & Noble at Lake Sumter Landing.

President Trump’s eldest son is promoting his book, “Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us.”

Young Weston Smith, accompanied by his mother, Aileen Smith, came dressed as Captain America. His super hero powers gave the four-year-old the patience to wait in the long line that snaked through the book store and outside onto the rainy sidewalk.

Aileen Smith with her son Weston, dressed as Captain America.

Trump Jr., a father himself, seemed to understand the secret to making Captain America’s day.

“He gave him a high five,” Aileen Smith, a resident of Wildwood, said as her young son beamed.

Donald Trump Jr. signs a book as girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle greets those at the event.
Donald Trump Jr. smiles at Village of Palo Alto resident Stan Swies who frequently dresses up as President Trump.

Plenty in the line of admirers, who paid $32.10 in advance for Trump Jr.’s book, gave him verbal high fives for duking it out the previous day with the ladies on the television gabfest, “The View.” Women at the famous TV table verbally sparred with Trump Jr. who appeared on the show with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News personality.

“Somebody had to stand up to them,” Trump Jr. told The Villages’ crowd about his heated interaction with the ladies of “The View.”

Most in the crowd had seen the TV appearance and gave Trump Jr. rave reviews.

Trump Jr. had a light touch with his admirers, joking with those who were buying multiple copies of his book and asking if they were “stocking up for Christmas.”

Kimberly Guilfoyle poses with a copy of her book, taken from the shelves at Barnes & Noble.

Guilfoyle, who had her own book-signing event in 2015 at Barnes & Noble, was again at Trump Jr.’s side and was also a crowd pleaser. At one point, someone pointed to a copy of her book on a shelf and Guilfoyle happily posed with it. She then carefully restocked the book on the shelf from which it had been pulled.

Marion Ficarro and Richard Cornell of the Village of Alhambra were among the first in line to see Donald Trump Jr.

Marion Ficarro and Richard Cornell of the Village of Alhambra were among the first in line to see Donald Trump Jr. They are regulars at the bookstore.

“We just love everything they are doing for the country,” Cornell said of the Trump family.

Outside the bookstore, things weren’t as friendly. Protesters gathered with signs calling for President Trump’s impeachment.

Protesters were at the Donald Trump Jr. event on Friday at Barnes & Noble in The Villages.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a heavy presence at the event, including Sheriff Bill Farmer. There were plenty of Secret Service agents there, too. Those who got into the bookstore went through a heavy screening process.

The Villages’ appearance was Trump Jr.’s second stop of the day. He was scheduled to end the day with a book-signing event in West Palm Beach. A launch party for the book was held Thursday night at Trump Tower in New York City.

Joan Benner and Ty Sanford of Clermont got up early to be in the first in line to secure a spot to see Donald Trump Jr.