President Donald Trump will visit Rio Rancho, New Mexico this evening as part of his “Keep America Great” 2020 reelection campaign, with hopes the Republican Party can reclaim a state he lost in 2016 and which lost a House seat and the Governor’s office in 2018.
Local TV stations were reporting long lines and backed up traffic in anticipation of the rally. Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull told KOAT-TV the city’s law enforcement officers are in “high security” mode and will have “zero tolerance” for anyone displaying violence or aggression throughout Monday night.
Below is a link to watch the live stream of Trump’s rally online:
Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
Time: 7: 00 p.m. MDT (Mountain Time), 9:00 p.m. EST.
Location: Santa Ana Star Center
A Democratic Party-led counter-rally will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico just before Trump’s Monday evening speech. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who is running for an open Senate seat to replace retiring Democrat Tom Udall, will be among the speakers at the counter-rally. Two congressional seats are up for grabs in the upcoming 2020 election and a third currently held by a Republican must be defended.
“Rio Rancho is in my district, and anyone who undermines the safety, security, or way of life of our communities, isn’t welcome here,” Luján remarked on Twitter. Rio Rancho is only about a 20 mile drive from Albuquerque and city officials warned local news stations that traffic was already congested Monday afternoon.
“Big crowd expected in New Mexico tonight, where we will WIN. Your Border Wall is getting stronger each and every day — see you in a few hours!” Trump tweeted Monday afternoon en route to the Southwest state.
Trump lost the county in which Rio Rancho sits by 1,800 votes in the 2016 presidential election against former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Trump’s 2020 campaign team are hoping to flip the state back to red in 2020.
“I’ve continued to say the president’s policies are a win for Latino voters across America … and one of the first symbols of this was the El Paso rally,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told reporters on a call last week. “As we started doing polling there, we saw a dramatic increase from 2016 and I went over this with the president and he said, ‘Let’s go straight into Albuquerque.'”
In addition to Fox News broadcasting the Monday event, several live streams are available on Facebook and Twitter to present events taking place outside the Santa Ana Star Center.