Trump Ramps Up Rhetoric, Holds Rallies In Florida

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LAKELAND (CBSMiami/AP) — Following a rough week of damage control, Donald Trump is heading south for rallies in Lakeland, Ocala and West Palm Beach.

On Wednesday, Trump was greeted by hundreds of supporters in Ocala, as well as the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. He’ll head to the South Florida Fair Expo Center in West Palm on Thursday. The events come just days after his comments about women caused outrage around the country.

Audio of him recounting how being “a star” allowed him to grope women was released Friday afternoon and led to House speaker Paul Ryan canceling a campaign appearance in Wisconsin with Trump on Saturday.

At a Hillary Clinton event, the democratic candidate poked fun at Trump supporters disrupting her event.

As security escorted one man out of a rally in Pueblo, Colorado, Wednesday, Clinton said: “You have to feel a little sorry for them, they’ve had a really bad couple of weeks.”

Multiple Clinton events have been interrupted this week by hecklers, including some targeting her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton said Trump is running a “scorched earth strategy” that shows how desperate his campaign is. He says all Trump has left is “pure negativity, pessimism.”

In recent weeks, Trump has dramatically escalated his rhetoric into the FBI investigation into Clinton over the use of her private email server. The FBI director criticized Clinton but did not recommend criminal charges.

Last summer when Republicans chanted “Lock her up!” at his rallies, Trump would respond: “Let’s just win in November.”

But that changed Sunday when Trump said to Clinton across the debate stage that she’d be ‘in jail’ if he’s ever president. On Wednesday he amped it up further by suggesting Clinton “has to go to jail.”

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