[VIDEO] Trump Visits Iconic Miami Cafe, Cubans Pray for Him and Sing Happy Birthday
Former President Donald Trump visited the Versailles Cafe Tuesday after being arraigned in federal court for the alleged mishandling of classified documents stored at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
After departing the courthouse, Trump made a campaign stop at the Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami.
During the stop, which has been frequented by Presidential candidates in recent history, Trump prayed with faith leaders in the state, did a photo op with high-profile MMA fighter Jorge Masdival, and was treated to a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ by supporters as the former President turns 77 on Wednesday.
🚨Our Cuban-American community in Miami welcomed President Trump with open arms at the iconic Versailles Café.
The cafecito there is my favorite! ☕🇨🇺🇺🇸
— Carlos A. Gimenez (@CarlosGimenezFL) June 13, 2023
Cuban Americans have become a reliable constituency for Republicans in Florida and have been an essential part of the state’s rightward turn.
A 2020 poll conducted in the November election run-up found that Cubans identify with the Republican Party over the Democratic Party by a 20-point margin.
Exit polls from the 2022 midterm election found that Cubans in Florida also overwhelmingly supported Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Exit poll shows DeSantis won 55% of Puerto Ricans.
It's difficult to overstate how significant this is. Just unheard of and historic.
It also debunks the Democrats "Spanish disinfo" myth. Boricuas don't listen to the Cuban radio stations they're referencing. pic.twitter.com/7xjpwPt8pX
— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) November 9, 2022
Videos of supporters singing ‘happy birthday’ to Trump on his way out of the restaurant went viral, and videos of many Hispanic and Cuban faith leaders praying over Trump at the notable restaurant.
BREAKING: Trump greeted by religious leaders at Versailles restaurant in Miami after pleading not guilty.
2024 is going to be 🔥 pic.twitter.com/GrSvQHfC3T
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) June 13, 2023
During the visit to the restaurant, Trump briefly spoke on the indictment that he was just arraigned for, calling it ‘rigged.’
‘I think it’s a rigged deal here,’ he said. ‘I’m going to make a little speech tonight in Bedminster, and I hope you’re going to be there,’ the ex-president said.
In another video, Trump promised ‘food for everyone’ before taking a picture with MMA star Jorge Masdival. Masdival has been a vocal supporter of Trump and has praised him at fights where Trump has been present. Trump is a fan of MMA and friends with UFC President Dana White.
Trump promises "food for everyone" at a cafe in Miami and takes a photo with Cuban-American MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal. pic.twitter.com/ZxQ49q2jpZ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 13, 2023
Before arriving at the courthouse, Trump decried the indictment as a ‘witch hunt.’
‘ON MY WAY TO COURTHOUSE. WITCH HUNT!!! MAGA.’ He said on Truth Social.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, tore into Special Counsel Jack Smith and the Department of Justice, saying they are facilitating the ‘Destruction of the longstanding American principles that have set this country apart for so long.’
She said the Justice Department and local DAs have become increasingly biased in recent years and disregard due process in political prosecutions.
‘In recent years, we have seen the rise of politically motivated prosecutors who don’t care for impartiality, don’t care for due process for equal protection of laws,’ she said.
WATCH: Trump lawyer Alina Habba addresses the media as Trump is placed under arrest
"The targeting prosecution of a leading political opponent is the type of thing you see in dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela."
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 13, 2023
Trump similarly condemned Special Counsel Jack Smith, calling him a ‘Trump hater’ and accusing him of planting evidence.
‘This is the Thug, overturned consistently and unanimously in big cases, that Biden and his CORRUPT Injustice Department stuck on me. He’s a Radical Right Lunatic and Trump Hater, as are all his friends and family, who probably “planted” information in the “boxes” given to them. They taint everything that they touch, including our Country, which is rapidly going to HELL!’ he said.
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