Cover photo for the history books of POTUS in Mesa, Arizona last Friday night!
On Sunday afternoon Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced on Twitter that more than 100,000 Texans had RSVP’d for the president’s Monday night rally in Houston. So to accommodate the massive crowds, the Trump campaign announced they will be holding a Big Texas Tailgater outside the building. Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J, Trump for President, Inc. said “Inside and out, the excitement at this Trump rally will be as big as Texas — it’s going to be epic.”
This is a developing story and will be updated regularly.
Incredible numbers for #HoustonRally. 100,000+ RSVPs. I have flown in early and my great team is setting up the first ever TAILGATER for outside. So everyone come, room for everyone. Come see @realDonaldTrump inside or out! pic.twitter.com/92M3qBs5tp
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 21, 2018
We previously reported:
President Donald Trump will rally supporters in Houston, Texas this Monday, October 22nd. The event was scheduled to be held at NRG Arena, a location that can only seat 8,000 people. Many were immediately questioning the small venue for obvious reasons. It was quickly moved to the Toyota Center with 18,000 capacity after unprecedented demand. All tickets requested for the previous venue at NRG Arena are said to be honored at the NEW venue Toyota Center. Trump is holding the rally with Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas who is facing a re-election challenge from Beto O’Rourke D-El Paso.
Response for tickets to #MAGA rally #Houston Mon 10/22 has been HUGE and unprecedented! This will be an epic rally, so we’re moving to @ToyotaCenter. Want to make sure everyone coming knows the venue changed!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 18, 2018
Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018
Leaving Arizona after a fantastic Rally last night, in Mesa, honoring, and for, Martha @RepMcSally McSally. She is an inspiration & will be a GREAT SENATOR for the people of Arizona. Her opponent is a Nancy Pelosi puppet, really bad for State. Early Voting NOW! Will be back soon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018
The Houston Chronicle reported that by 7 a.m. Friday, 77,854 people had signed up for the rally, according to a person familiar with the matter. Attendees must have tickets to enter and will be admitted in the order in which they line up. “Keep in mind that once the capacity is met, you won’t get in whether you have a ticket or not,” Acevedo said.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign was not considering moving to a bigger venue, the person familiar with the event said. Trump is holding the rally with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is facing a re-election challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.
“We will have many many officers out and about,” Acevedo said. “We will have officers on the high ground, low ground, in the air. We will have officers in plainclothes, we will have undercover officers, we will have react teams.” He added that officers from the federal, state and county levels would lend support, with the usual Secret Service presence accompanying Trump.
The police department expects people to “exercise their First Amendment rights in a lawful manner,” Acevedo said, including protesters and counter-protesters.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s Texas campaign chairman, will also speak at the rally. Trump is set to begin speaking at 6:30.
People will likely line up overnight for the rally, Acevedo said, adding that the department expects large crowds around the Toyota Center and downtown. He advised people who work downtown to plan accordingly for delays.
The event will start around 5 p.m., Acevedo said, with doors opening two to three hours before then. Houston Police Department will begin closing off streets around the Toyota Center beginning at about 5:30 a.m., Acevedo said, with closures on Bell, Jackson, La Branch and Polk streets near the arena.