Last updated on November 14th, 2023 at 11:28 pm
HIALEAH, Fla. — In a bold display of political strategy, former President Donald Trump chose the evening of November 8th — a night earmarked for the GOP presidential primary debate in Miami — a debate Trump has chosen to skip despite meeting the qualifications for participation to hold a significant rally in Hialeah, Florida. This move not only diverted some attention from the debate but also reinforced his stronghold within the Republican Party.
The rally, announced via a campaign email, will unfold at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Henry Milander Park. Attendees can start lining up early, with doors opening in the afternoon and speeches from special guests beginning at 5 p.m. Trump is expected to speak at 7 p.m. The campaign has set a cap of two tickets per person, anticipating a large crowd.
The former president’s campaign has been clear about their stance on the debates. “Given his commanding lead in the race, there is no point in participating,” the campaign stated. Trump’s lead in national polls and a solid campaign war chest have allowed him to chart his own course this election season.
Trump Rally in Hialeah Details :
- Location: Ted Hendricks Stadium at Henry Milander Park, located at 4800 Palm Avenue in Hialeah.
- Main Guest: Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders from Arkansas, who has endorsed Trump, will be present.
- Time of Trump’s Speech: Trump is expected to speak at 7 p.m.
- Reason for the Rally: The rally is an opportunity for Trump to connect with his supporters and to present an alternative to the GOP debate. It’s also a moment to engage with the Hispanic community in Hialeah, which is a significant group in Florida’s electorate.
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Hialeah, a city with a predominantly Hispanic population, has been chosen as the rally’s location. Wendy Portilla, a local resident and Cuban immigrant, voiced her support: “It’s my town,” she said, affirming her preference for Trump’s economic policies despite her criticism of his stance on Cuba. “The price of food and rent need to come down,” she added, reflecting on the current economic challenges.
The rally is also notable for the endorsement Trump has received from Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who will be joining him at the event. Her backing is seen as a significant show of support within the party.
A Republican strategist, who requested anonymity, offered insight into Trump’s decision to hold a rally instead of attending the debate: “Trump likes to be loved. That’s where he had his best performance in Miami Dade County in 2020.” This comment highlights the strategic nature of the rally’s location, given the country’s shift toward more conservative voting patterns in recent years.
In an attempt to counter-program the first debate, Trump released a pre-recorded interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. During the second debate, he was in Michigan, focusing on winning over auto workers and blue-collar voters by criticizing President Joe Biden’s push for electric vehicles.
While Trump’s rally is expected to draw his supporters, the Third GOP debate in Miami will feature other candidates who have met the necessary criteria, including Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, Governor Chris Christie, and Senator Tim Scott.
Trump’s decision to host a rally on the same night as the debate is a bold move that underscores his confidence and the loyalty of his supporter base as he looks ahead to the 2024 presidential race.