President-Elect Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday.
This event is a part of Trump’s “USA Thank You Tour 2016,” a series of stops in states that helped him to win on Election Day. Trump has also recently held rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Here’s everything you need to know about Trump’s Mobile rally:
DATE: Saturday, December 17th
LOCATION: Ladd–Peebles Stadium (1621 Virginia St, Mobile, AL 36604)
TIME: Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. The event is expected to begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.
HOW TO GET TICKETS: Tickets are free, and they can be reserved on the official Donald Trump website. Only two tickets can be reserved per order, however. You will need to enter a cellphone number, as the confirmation will be sent via text.
LIVE STREAM: The Trump rally will be available to watch live on YouTube via Right Side Broadcasting.
It’s a bit surprising that Trump is spending time in Mobile as part of his “thank you” tour, which was originally pitched as a tour of swing states. Alabama is obviously not a swing state; Donald Trump won it with 62 percent of the vote, and no Republican has lost Alabama since 1976. Because it is such a consistently red state, in fact, Trump has not held an event in Mobile since August 2015.
Although the “thank you” tour was initially pitched as a series of events in swing states, this may indicate that Trump intends to expand by visiting any state that voted for him over Hillary Clinton.
Trump will almost certainly be joined at this rally by Jeff Sessions, the president-elect’s nominee for attorney general. Sessions is a senator from Alabama, and he currently resides in Mobile. He attended Trump’s August 2015 rally in Mobile and wore a “Make America Great Again” hat, making him one of the first establishment Republicans to show support for Trump at a time when the future president-elect was not yet being taken very seriously.
At Trump’s prior campaign rallies, the president-elect has been making the case for some of his cabinet appointments, defending them against criticism. Whether Sessions is actually in attendance for this rally, then, Trump may bring up the fact that Sessions as a pick for attorney general has been criticized because the Alabama senator has been accused of racism. In 1986, Sessions was not approved to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama when allegations of racist behavior came up.
“Senator Sessions has a 30-year record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants, disregard for the rule of law, and hostility to the protection of civil rights that makes him unfit to serve as the Attorney General of the United States,” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recently said in an open letter to the U.S. Senate.