As the Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Donald Trump is hosting a “Keep America Great” rally at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Law enforcement and the fire department are prepared for the rush that normally accompanies these rallies, with thousands of supporters lining up for hours and sometimes days outside the venue waiting to get a good seat for the event. The rally is part of the presidents swing through California, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona ahead of major primaries in those states. Arizona is an important state for Trump, who narrowly won the state in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
As usual, thousands of supporters clad in festive campaign gear came out early to line up for the event, sitting in the Arizona sun all day in the parking lot of the venue. Multiple groups are planning to protest the event, which is a natural concern for law enforcement to ensure that any demonstrations are peaceful. Trump is expected to bring Arizona Republicans to the event in addition to rallying supporters for his upcoming presidential bid.
The gates open at 3 PM, and the event is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.