President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will hold a “Make America Great Again” rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 27, the same night of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It will be the president’s third trip to Green Bay since 2015, WBAY.com reported.
“Big crowd expected!” Trump exclaimed in a tweet:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2019
Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale tweeted that the rally would be “epic” while talking down the “boring WHCD.”
“This dinner is almost worse than Hollywood’s endless self-serving award shows,” Pascale wrote.
This will be an EPIC rally in Green Bay Wisconsin on April 27th! We will broadcast it live so millions can watch @realDonaldTrump instead of the boring WHCD. This dinner is almost worse than Hollywood’s endless self-serving award shows. https://t.co/k6IZEtmrQ7
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 16, 2019
“President Trump looks forward to sharing the successes of his administration with the great people of Wisconsin,” said Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. “Under President Trump’s leadership, paychecks are now growing twice as fast for those in the bottom half of the income spectrum. Unemployment has hit generational lows, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will open Canadian dairy markets to farmers all across Wisconsin.”
In response to Trump’s campaign’s rally announcement, Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Martha Laning criticized his record as president.
“If Trump is expecting to find a warm welcome in Wisconsin, he’s in for a rude surprise. We haven’t forgiven Trump’s repeated attempts to rip health care coverage from our families and neighbors, nor have we forgotten his massive tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires that was brokered on the backs of hardworking Wisconsinites,” Laning said. “Trump is coming to Wisconsin to sell a record of broken promises and sow division in our state, and frankly, we’ve had enough.”
Since Trump’s stunning victory in Wisconsin in 2016, Democrats have been working hard to turn the state blue again in 2020, making it one of the most heated battleground states in the nation.
The DNC chose Milwaukee to host the Democratic National Convention in 2020.
The president informed reporters almost two weeks ago that he would be skipping the “boring and negative” WHCD and holding a rally instead. “The correspondence dinner is too negative,” Trump told the reporters outside the White House. “I like positive things!”
The president had previously hinted that he was open to attending this year’s dinner after organizers changed the format to allow Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow to speak rather than the usual insult comic.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will once again represent the administration at the head table, the correspondents association said earlier this month.