Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Austin, Texas this evening, his second event of the week.
Trump’s address will take place at the Luedecke Arena in Austin beginning at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. It can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
Some within the media and even among Trump’s supporters are questioning the New York businessman’s decision to spend time in Texas today. The state is among the most solidly red in the country, and it’s one of the states where Trump stands little to no chance of losing to Hillary Clinton.
But Trump will already be in Texas on Tuesday to hold two back-to-back fundraisers, first in Fort Worth and then in downtown Austin, according to My Statesman. He has had a history of holding rallies in states he doesn’t necessarily need to spend time in but where he was going to be stopping in anyway. Just last week, Trump held an event in Fairfield, Connecticut, a liberal county that Barack Obama won in 2012 by 10 percentage points.
The Trump campaign has in recent days been canceling many of the candidate’s previously scheduled events, including rallies in Colorado, Nevada and Oregon. That Colorado speech was originally planned as an address on immigration, but this was reportedly delayed as the candidate reassesses his stance on the issue.
In a recent television appearance, when Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway was asked if Trump would create a deportation force to forcibly remove 11 million undocumented immigrants from the country, Conway said that this was “to be determined.” Trump himself also described his immigration proposal on Fox News, and it sounded like he basically wanted to keep up what the United States has already been doing.
“As far as everybody else, we’re going to go through the process,” Trump said. “What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country. Bush, the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing.”