Free-wheeling Trump returns at Florida rally

The free-wheeling version of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE returned Saturday, after a week of mostly staying on message.


Trump kicked off his Tampa, Fla., campaign rally by complaining about the foul language used by rapper Jay-Z during a concert for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Rivaling chants of 'USA,' 'lock him up' greet Flynn after sentencing hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing | White House signals it wants to avoid shutdown MORE’s campaign.

“He used language last night that was so bad, and then Hillary said, ‘I did not like Donald Trump’s lewd language,’ ” Trump, the Republican nominee, said. 

“My lewd language. I’ll tell you what, I’ve never said what he said in my life.”

Trump’s campaign was rocked last month when a 2005 video was unearthed that showed the business mogul admitting to having “tried to f---” a married woman and boasting that his celebrity allows him to grab women “by the p----.”

Throughout the rally, Trump repeatedly ignored his teleprompter and went off script.

He said the Justice Department is trying to protect its “angel, Hillary Clinton,” by suppressing the FBI’s investigation into the private email server she used as secretary of State.

He noted the progress he’s made in closing Clinton’s lead in recent polls, but added, “I really only acknowledge them if I’m winning.”

The real estate mogul said polls show him challenging Clinton in states that a Republican wouldn’t normally win and added that he would head to states like Colorado and Minnesota.

His campaign’s schedule currently lists no events in Minnesota, but CNN reported after the rally that both Trump and GOP vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump, Pelosi, Schumer: No adult in the room Anti-wall is not a border policy: How Democrats can sell an immigration plan Protesters host dance party outside Stephen Miller's home MORE will be stumping in the state ahead of Election Day. Trump will hold a rally in Denver on Saturday night.

Catering to his Florida audience, Trump promised to stop sending money to the United Nations aimed at fighting climate change and to instead use the funds to solve the state’s environmental problems.

“We will also cancel billions in global warming payments to the United Nations and use that money to invest in America,” he said.

“That includes repairing so many of Florida’s problems,” including the Herbert Hoover Dike, the Florida Aquifer and the Everglades.

“We don’t need to give hundreds of billions of dollars away. We have no idea who’s getting this money,” Trump added. “Giving it to the United Nations, you know what that’s called? Giving it to an open pit.”

Trump also cited signs held up by supporters as evidence of his popularity among minorities. He held up one sign that read “Cuban Women for Trump.”

“Oh I love those signs, ‘Blacks for Trump,’ ” he said, referencing another sign held high by an audience member.

On the flip side of that sign was a message that read “Hillary will start World War 3” and included a URL that led to a bizarre website claiming that Clinton wants to kill every black woman in America.

At one point in the rally, Trump held up a baby on stage, kissing the child and praising its parents.

“They did a great job,” he said.

As Trump approached the end of the speech, the crowd broke out in a “We want Trump” chant, and the billionaire businessman thanked his audience.

As is tradition when Trump wraps up his rallies, the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” played over the Florida State Fairgrounds’s speakers after he left.

— Updated: 3:15 p.m.