FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump will hold what he’s calling a “Homecoming Rally” at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Donald Trump recently made Florida his home state and registered to vote here.
On Monday, dozens of supporters began lining up for the Tuesday night event.
“He came to live with us. That’s what’s going on and welcome him,” said Amanda Guitierrez.
Self-proclaimed President Trump superfan, Gene Huber, was the first camper.
“To have a rally this close is unbelievable,” he said.
Huber lives in Boynton Beach and said he got to hug the president earlier this year in Melbourne.
“We’re here to love and support our president. That’s number one. That’s why were here because our president loves us, he cares for us, so we show the same love right back to him,” said Huber.
“This is my 19th rally by the way,” he added.
“It’s our first rally and we’ve watched all of them since he’s been president, unfortunately, we were not Trump-ers before the election. We did vote for him in the election. Since then he’s made sure he’s kept all of his promises. The ones that haven’t been quite yet kept are only being fought right now. We are 100 percent behind him,” said Michelle Pearson.
“I just want to hear him speak and talk about everything he’s been doing,” said Liz Ruotolo.
She and her mother stood in line for hours, she’s a big fan, Trump tweets and all.
“He’s so real. He’s so genuine. I know he sends crazy tweets but I love it. I love that he’s real. We love crazy,” she said.
Trump’s supporters want him re-elected in 2020 so he can finish what he started.
“Trump is the real deal. He’s the reformer. He’s going to drain that swamp. That swamp, from a political sense, it’s huge. All over the place,” said Pat Steen.
Ahead of the event, there are plenty of security preps already in place.
Panther Parker is closed in both directions until 10 p.m. For security reasons, semi-trucks, box trucks, and panel vans won’t be allowed on the Sawgrass Expressway from Oakland Park to Sunrise boulevards from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said there may be lane closures.
The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Before the 7 p.m. rally, ‘Campaign’s 45 Fest’ featured special guest appearances from members of Team Trump, live music from The Cody Wayne Band, food trucks and a big screen to keep everyone entertained while waiting to get in.
“Donald Trump is the greatest president of all time. We’ve never had a president like this before. He works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and he’s on call 24 hours a day,” said Erica Smith.
“He puts America first, he puts the American people first. And that’s important to us. Not illegals, not health care for illegals, he puts the United States citizens first and we appreciate him. We love him for it,” said Kimberly Overton.
Many say they’re sticking with him because he’s kept his promises.
“He’s doing everything he promised. What he can’t get done is because the left side is not letting him do it. But everything else he’s done,” said David Gurowitz.
This won’t be the only rally at the center, however.
Broward has nearly 600-thousand registered voters who are Democrats, the number of registered Republicans is less than half of that number.
Democrats plan to welcome Trump to Florida with the Baby Trump Balloon and a rally to Defeat Trump.