Folks began lining up outside the Amway Center in Orlando 40 hours before President Trump's re-election announcement which is to be delivered at 8 p.m. tonight. But if you listen to the media, Trump is in trouble, according to their polls.

The Amway Center can hold 20,000 people and there have been 100,000 requests for tickets. At 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, people began lining up in order to ensure that they would be able to get into the stadium. By Monday night hundreds if not thousands had already gotten online. The crowd runs the gamut from young to old.

Three giant monitors have been erected outside the arena for the tens of thousands of expected to gather there to be able to hear the address.

So, how does this jibe with what the media is reporting? It doesn't. Just as in 2015-16, when the press told us that Trump had less than a five percent chance at victory. If you listen to the pollsters today, at least three or four Democrat candidates are leading Trump by double-digit margins, even though not one vote has been cast in a primary election as yet.

Joe Biden draws crowds of hundreds. Eric Swalwell drew a crowd of 18 to his rally. No Democrat has ever come close to packing them in as Trump has done consistently since announcing his candidacy in 2015. None. Not even Obama.

Trump's base is energized. It isn't interested in network or cable news and it doesn't believe the polls or the pollsters. Trump's supporters are not politically correct. They believe in America first and American values. They work, they pay their way and most importantly, they vote.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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