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Trump, Bondi In Jacksonville: Vote Because Of Supreme Court Appointments

Cyd Hoskinson
Donald Trump speaks at Veterans Memorial Arena on Aug. 3, 2016.

About 10,000 people packed Wednesday night’s Donald Trump rally at Jacksonville’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

Speakers who warmed up the huge, raucous crowd included Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who described the billionaire businessman as a friend and “all-around nice guy.”

“I see the way he treats his employees, his “co-workers” he calls them. They’ll say, ‘Mr. Trump, can I get you something to drink?’ by the water cooler, and he’ll say to her, ‘No, I’m standing up, let me get it for you.’ That’s the Donald Trump that I know.”

Bondi then got down to business and said more than the presidency is at stake.

Credit Vince Kong / WJCT News
People line up Wednesday afternoon hours in advance of the Trump rally in Jacksonville.

“If you need to tell anyone why they need to vote for Donald Trump, I have two words: Supreme Court. Please listen. This will not only affect us, children, grandchildren, this is going to affect us for decades to come.”

Trump then explained the next president could make an unprecedented five justice appointments to the high court.

“And we’re gonna have unbelievable justices of the Supreme Court. So important. And, honestly, it’s one of the most important things that can happen in this election,” Trump said.

The first appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court will come quickly on the heels of the new president’s inauguration, with the replacement of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly in February.

This story was updated with a new attendance total. 

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.