Last updated on November 15th, 2023 at 09:21 pm
AMES, Iowa – Former President Donald Trump is set to make a high-profile appearance at the Iowa-Iowa State football game, commonly known as the Cy-Hawk game, on Saturday.
The announcement of Trump’s visit, made by his campaign earlier this week, has generated significant attention as it coincides with the fierce rivalry between the two state teams.
Trump’s presence at the game carries political significance, showcasing his consistency in maintaining an active public profile despite ongoing legal challenges and what he perceives as biased media coverage.
Matt Whitaker, a former Trump administration official and Iowa Hawkeyes’ alumnus, expressed excitement about Trump’s attendance, stating, “We’re thrilled to invite Donald J. Trump to the Iowa-Iowa State football game this weekend.”
Trump’s attendance at the Cy-Hawk game is scheduled for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff, but he will not be present at a local county GOP tailgate party in nearby Nevada, Iowa. Instead, this gathering will feature appearances by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Ohio biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Live Stream – Trump attending Iowa-Iowa State Football
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Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz appeared unperturbed by the news of Trump’s attendance, focusing on the upcoming game.
This visit to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames marks Trump’s second trip to Iowa in just a month. In mid-August, he visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, a key part of his 2024 presidential campaign as the Republican Party frontrunner. Trump has notably timed his visits to overlap with those of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who he considers a primary rival.
Both Trump and DeSantis are expected to be in the vicinity of the stadium before kickoff. This echoes a recent event when Trump drew large crowds at the Iowa State Fair, while DeSantis addressed smaller gatherings and enjoyed the fair’s attractions with his family.
Before his Iowa visit, Trump appeared in South Dakota, where he participated in a state party fundraiser alongside South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem. During the event, Governor Noem officially endorsed Trump for a second term and pledged her unwavering support for his mission to “win and save this country.”
With the Iowa caucuses approaching, several other Republican presidential candidates, including Governor Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Governor Asa Hutchinson, will also be in attendance, using the game as an opportunity to engage with voters and further their campaigns.
As the football rivalry heats up on Saturday, all eyes will be on Jack Trice Stadium to witness not only the intense competition between Iowa and Iowa State but also the political dynamics surrounding the presence of former President Donald Trump and other prominent candidates.
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