March 29, 2020

Trump’s Rally At The Bayfront Park in Miami Attracts Cuban-American Exiles

On November 3, 2016, Andres Oppenheimer wrote an opinion column titled “Trump could win Florida thanks to Cuban Americans” which was published in the Miami Herald.

On November 2, 2016, Donald J. Trump held a rally at Bayfront Park in Miami attended by approximately 3,000 people before heading off to campaign events at Orlando and Pensacola. Former Hialeah Mayor and Chairman of the Trump campaign in Miami-Dade County Julio Martinez served as Master of Ceremony. He introduced a pastor for a prayer and then this writer, who had been invited by the Trump campaign to say a few words and do the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Donald J. Trump at the Bayfront Park in Miami.

Frank de Varona, South Florida director for Bear Witness Central appears with Ivan Sanchez, Vice President, and Antonio D. Esquivel, President of the Cuban Patriotic Council, at the Trump rally in Miami.

Remarks by Frank de Varona at the Trump Rally at Bayfront Park

“I am a veteran of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I also serve as Office Manager to the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign Republican National Committee Office in West Dade.

Since we lost our birthplace to a Marxist totalitarian regimen, the Cuban exile community in every election has looked for the most conservative candidate available with the best chance of winning. In this election, Donald Trump represents that candidate. The country cannot continue to go in the direction that it was been going for the last eight years.

The Democratic Party has injured, at every opportunity, the cause of Cuba’s freedom and the return to self-government. We remember the Mariel exodus that took place under the Carter administration, a Democrat. Elián González, the son of a Cuban immigrant who drowned bringing her son to freedom, was returned to Castro’s Cuba under a Clinton White House.

And now, Obama legitimizes the totalitarian government in Cuba to the eyes of the world and provides economic assistance, investment, and tourism in exchange for nothing. President Obama is working to undermine or eliminate the embargo.

For these reasons, the Cuban exile community feels naturally betrayed by the Democratic Party. It is a no-brainer that Mr. Trump is far more conservative than Mrs. Clinton.

Since we have arrived in the United States, in the last 20 years especially, the Democratic Party has been inimical to our values and to the cause of Cuban freedom. We still dream of achieving freedom and self-determination in a free Cuba.”

This writer asked those in the audience, who are members of the Brigade 2506, veterans of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban resistance, to please rise and be recognized. Lastly, he gave the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida

Metro Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Sharon Day, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and President of the National Republican Party Reince Priebus spoke to the audience under Miami’s very hot sun.

Donald J. Trump’s speech at the rally

Miami-Dade and Broward counties Trump supporters began lining up at sunrise at the entrance of Bayfront Park in Miami as voters were anxious to see the Republican Party nominee. Donald J. Trump entered the stage just after noon and stated the following: “Thank you women for Trump, Hispanics for Trump, Cubans for Trump, and Blacks for Trump. With your votes we can beat the system. The rigged system. So show up early and vote. The polls are saying we are going to win Florida. Don’t believe it! Get out there and vote. Pretend we’re slightly behind. We don’t want to blow this!” He said that the nation is down to just six days before the general election day and he urged all Republicans to go out and vote, if they have not already voted.

The Republican Party candidate said one of his top priorities would be get rid of the Affordable Care Act. “Real change begins with immediately replacing ObamaCare,” Trump told the crowd. He said more than 90% of Florida’s counties will lose ObamaCare insurers next year. He said companies are leaving, doctors are quitting and deductibles are going through the roof, “it wasn’t supposed to be like this.”

Trump repeatedly denounced Hillary Clinton over the scandal involving the emails she received in an illegal private unsecured server and the renewed investigation by the FBI. “Real change also means restoring honesty to our government. The FBI is reopening an investigation into crooked Hillary Clinton,” said the Republican nominee. Trump called the FBI’s investigation the biggest thing since Watergate.

Trump said it has been reported that the FBI is now looking into Clinton’s entire inner circle and many of the things she has done over the years. “It’s about time. Remember, it’s a rigged system. She wants to blame everyone else for her mounting legal troubles but she really has no one to blame but herself,” he said.

Barack Obama lied again when he said he did not know of the existence of Clinton secret and unsecured server since he sent emails to Clinton in her secret server. Both have violated the law. It has now been learned that several foreign intelligence services have hacked Clinton’s emails that had confidential and Special Access Program (SAP) emails. The SAP emails are the most secret and they are sent to less than 10 people in the executive branch and none in Congress. Clinton received the list of spies the CIA has in foreign nations. Due to her incredibly irresponsible behavior, these spies have probably been captured and executed.

Trump again called out the media for biased reporting, saying they want “crooked Hillary.” “This is not about me. It’s about all of you and our magnificent movement to make America Great Again,” said Trump.

The GOP candidate said that as president he would go into the poorest communities and work on a national plan for revitalization. Trump said that if he is elected, he would create jobs unlike his predecessor.

Trump stated the following:” “America has lost 70,000 factories since China entered the World Trade Organization. Another Bill and Hillary backed disaster. We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world. Our jobs are going to Mexico, our jobs are going to other countries. China and others are making our products. A Trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving America.” Trump criticized Obama and said that “President Obama should be working on jobs instead of campaigning for crooked Hillary.”

Trump also promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to control immigration. “As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton allowed dangerous aliens to go free because their countries would not take them back. Countless innocent Americans have been killed by illegal aliens,” he said. Trump promised that he would take measures to take care of veterans and provide school choice along with putting an end to Common Core.

Participants of the Trump rally in Miami.


“We are asking for the vote of every American who believes in truth and justice, not money and power,” said the Republican nominee. Trump said he was proud to receive the endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506 Veteran Association. He said, “I see all these signs Cubans for Trump. Love Cubans,” Trump said.

The Republican candidate said he would help the African Americans by saying the following: “The inner cities are very sad. The crime is horrible. The education is terrible. And you can’t get a job. Unbelievable numbers. We are doing great with the African-American community. We are doing great with the Hispanic community and the lines are 4, 5, and 6 blocks long.  They’ve never seen anything like it.”

Cuban Americans could deliver Florida to Trump

On November 3, 2016, Andres Oppenheimer wrote an opinion column titled “Trump could win Florida thanks to Cuban Americans” which was published in the Miami Herald. He said that if Donald Trump wins Florida; as some polls predict, and goes on to win the presidential election, he might have President Barack Obama to thank for lending him a hand in the final stretch of the race. Oppenheimer explained that Obama’s October 14, 2016 decision to continue to relax the U.S. embargo on Cuba by permitting American tourists to bring back unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars, as well as his October 26 decision to abstain for the first time in a United Nations vote against the U.S. embargo on Cuba, have probably pushed many undecided Cuban Americans in Florida to vote for Trump.

The New York Times Upshot/Siena University poll of October 27 gave Trump a four-point lead in Florida. The survey indicated that “Cubans return to Trump and said that Trump’s surprising comeback in Florida might be thanks to Cuban-American voters.” Obama’s most recent decisions on Cuba most likely hurt Hillary Clinton in Florida.

Actually, it is not only Obama’s recent decisions on Cuba but the series and illegal and unilateral concessions which have almost destroyed the commercial embargo against Cuba. These concessions made by Obama are in violation of the Helms Burton Law. Hillary Clinton said several months ago at a rally held at Florida International University that if elected president she will end completely the embargo with an (illegal) executive order. These actions have patriotic Cuban Americans angry and that is why that most of them are voting for Donald J. Trump.

The vast majority of Cuban Americans have opposed the series of unilateral concessions that Obama has given the bloody regime in Havana with no “Quid pro quo” or nothing in return, except for more oppression against the suffering Cuban people of the island. The reporter wrote that according to a new report from the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a total of 9,215 people were arrested during the first 10 months this year for political reasons, already more than the 8,616 arrested during the 12 months of 2015.

State of the race in Florida as of November 2, 2016

Type of vote Republican Democrat NPA Other parties

Vote by mail: 949,527 874,500 392,591 57,352

Early vote: 998,599 1,061,740 472, 674 60,149

Total: 1,948,126 1,936,240 865,246 117,501

These are the votes cast by people of these parties. Some Republicans have voted for Clinton and some Democrats have voted for Trump. Republican voters are 11,866 ahead of Democrats. It is believed that a plurality of No Party Affiliation voters is voting for Trump.


It appears that Donald J. Trump is ahead in Florida as The New York Times Upshot/Siena University poll of October 27 showed Trump with a four-point lead in Florida. Without a doubt Clinton latest scandals and the fact that the FBI is also investigating the pay to play scheme of the corrupt Clinton Foundation and the renewed investigation by the FBI of the emails found on the laptop of Huma Abedin and her pervert husband have hurt the very corrupt Democratic Party nominee.

Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton in an important national survey. Donald Trump has a three-point lead in Rasmussen survey published on November 3, 2016. Among voters who are certain how they will vote, Trump now has over 50% support.

The latest national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Trump leading Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 45% to 42%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has four percent (4%) support and Green Party hopeful Jill Stein picks up just one percent (1%). Two percent (2%) like another candidate and four percent (4%) are still undecided.

It appears that Donald J. Trump may be our next president if he wins Florida and Ohio and he wins other states to reach 270 or more electoral votes.