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Which Iowa Republicans are speaking at Saturday’s Trump rally?

By: - October 7, 2021 3:07 pm

President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Dubuque airport on Nov. 1, 2020. (Screen shot from PBS livestream)

Several Iowa Republicans will speak at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Des Moines this weekend.

Trump will speak at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday evening. Before his speech, a slate of Iowa’s Republican leaders will address the crowd, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

Other speakers will include Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Saturday’s event will be Trump’s first trip back to Iowa since before the 2020 election. Last October, Reynolds joined Trump at a rally in Des Moines, where she gave a brief speech and tossing “Make America Great Again” ballcaps into the crowd.

Trump has not announced if he intends to run for president again in 2024, but his approval rating remains high in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. A September Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found that 53% of Iowans have a favorable view of Trump, a higher percentage than at any point during his presidency.

Iowa Democrats, however, have not grown more fond of Trump since he left office. In the same poll, 99% of Democrats viewed Trump unfavorably. Democratic leadership in the state on Thursday criticized Republicans for rallying alongside the former president.

“Republicans have tied themselves to a man who attacked the very foundation of our Democracy throughout his time in office,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn. 

Wilburn pointed toward the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and he criticized Iowa’s Republican lawmakers for voting against an investigation and continuing to stand with Trump.

What you need to know about Trump’s Des Moines rally

Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds

Time: Doors to the rally will open at 2 p.m. There will be a livestream of the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State game at 3 p.m. Speakers will take the stage at 4:30 p.m., with Trump scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.

Cost: Admission to the event is free. People interested in attending the rally must register for tickets online.

Reporter Katie Akin will cover the rally for the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter @katie_akin for live updates from the event, and watch the ICD homepage for full coverage.

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

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