President Donald Trump is heading to Dallas to speak at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night, Oct. 17, and many of his supporters have been waiting in line for 50 hours to voice their support.
The last time the president spoke at a rally in Dallas was in 2016 when about 15,000 people turned out to support him. He later easily defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Texas by a 9% margin.
Dozens of supporters arrived and set up camp outside the venue around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, prepared to wait it out for a chance to get a good vantage point to see the president.
“We love America. We love our president, and we want to show our support,” one attendee with her daughter told the Dallas News. “We’re not going anywhere.”
Richard Snowden from Las Vegas said he traveled over 62,000 miles to attend President Trump rallies and this time will be his 58th.
“I’ve never in all my life seen this type of political phenomenon. It’s truly phenomenal to witness. It’s great to be around fellow Trump supporters,” he said.
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) October 16, 2019
While patiently waiting for Thursday night to finally arrive, rally attendees said they enjoyed getting to meet and spending time with other supporters.
“It feels like a big tailgate party,” Mercy Hunter from Austin said after sharing with a Dallas News reporter that the president’s promise to build the southern border wall is the issue she “was most passionate about.”
Some of the state’s leading Republicans, including Sen. John Cornyn, are expected to join President Trump at the rally.
“I’m looking forward to speaking as part of the warm-up to the president’s appearance. And for those of you who’ve witnessed or been at some of these rallies, they are something to behold,” Cornyn said. “The president seems to really derive a lot of energy from the audiences that come there. … But really, what I intend to talk about is our economy and how well it’s doing.”
From August 2018 to August 2019, Texas’s unemployment rate matches the lowest ever recorded. In Dallas, local nonfarm employment rose 3.1% compared to the national rate of 1.4%, and among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked first in the annual rate of job growth and second in the number of jobs added over the year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In Washington, President Trump, in anticipation of his visit, thanked Dallas, Texas, for its support.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019