Donald Trump coming to Dallas Oct. 17 for ‘Keep America Great’ campaign rally
President Donald Trump’s campaign announced Monday afternoon that he’s coming to the American Airlines Center in Dallas for a campaign rally on Oct. 17.
It’s the first 2020 rally for Trump in Dallas, and his campaign said he plans to highlight Texas’ economy. He also held a rally at the American Airlines Center during his 2016 campaign for president.
“Under President Trump’s leadership, 774,400 jobs have been added in Texas, including 70,700 manufacturing jobs — a dramatic reversal from the 55,400 lost during the Obama administration,” said Michael Glassner of Donald J. Trump for President Inc. “President Trump looks forward to celebrating the good news of the Trump economy and the vast accomplishments of his administration with the great men and women of Texas.”
The Dallas visit will be his 12th to Texas since he took office, and his first rally in the city as president. He has visited Dallas since becoming president to raise campaign cash. In May 2018, he headlined a dinner to benefit the national party and his own 2020 reelection effort, just weeks after he spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
In October 2017, he collected $4 million from donors in Dallas.
Texas is crucial to Trump’s re-election effort. His 9% victory over Hillary Clinton in Texas in 2016 was the worst showing in decades for a GOP presidential nominee, and Sen. Ted Cruz kept his Senate seat last year over Democrat Beto O’Rourke with a margin of 3 percentage points, signaling that Texas is becoming more of a battleground state.
In visiting Dallas, Trump will be holding a rally in one of the state’s bluest counties. In 2016, he got slightly less than 35 percent of the vote. In 2018, Cruz got 33 percent.
His visit will also be the first to Texas since the U.S. House launched an impeachment inquiry over a whistleblower’s allegation that Trump abused his office when he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrat Joe Biden’s family. The White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 call and made public the whistleblower’s complaint. Trump has said he did nothing wrong.
It will be Trump’s second visit to Texas within a month, though the rally on Sept. 22 in Houston was not a campaign event. That rally featured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it attracted about 50,000 people, the largest U.S. gathering with a foreign leader.