Cancelled? No way. The upcoming rally at the U.S. Capitol against the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran is still on — and has gained much momentum despite the fact that President Obama has secured enough support in the Senate to prevent Republican forces from blocking it. Some star power is involved in the rally, organized primarily by Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Patriots.
The speaker’s roster for the event on Wednesday afternoon continues to grow, and now includes two presidential hopefuls — Donald Trump and Jim Gilmore. Upon announcing he’d appear at the rally, Mr. Trump called the White house accord with Iran “catastrophic.”
Lawmakers are lining up to speak in this impressive setting as well — including Mr. Cruz and Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Jim Bridenstine, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Mark Meadows, Mike Pompeo and Ted Yolo.
Other lawmakers are wrestling with the terms of the Iran deal. Though he’s not on the speaker’s list, Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Democrat, revealed his opposition to the Iran deal on Friday in a Washington Post op-ed; he is a ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with considerable influence.
“Every day, more Americans are learning this deal ignores our Constitution by avoiding the treaty process and makes the world a more dangerous place by undermining both our national security and the security of our allies in the Middle East. The rally will ensure those millions of voices are heard by everyone inside the U.S. Capitol,” says Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Patriots, the Georgia-based umbrella group for multiple local and regional tea party groups.
Broadcasters and interest groups are in the mix for the rally, which Ms. Martin deems “historic.” Among them: independent media maven Glenn Beck and talk radio host Mark Levin, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, Citizens United founder David Bossie, Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein, Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney, Congress of Racial Equality spokesman Niger Innis, Heritage Foundation scholar Genevieve Wood, American Values founder Gary Bauer, Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance and former CIA Director Jim Woolsey.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest has referred to event as a “pro-war rally,” predicting that Mssrs. Cruz and Trump plus former Vice President Dick Cheney would “emerge as the leading voices of opposition” to the Iran deal after Labor Day.
“Congressional Democrats are under enormous pressure from the White House and left-wing pressure groups to fall in line behind President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal,” says the aforementioned Mr. Klein, whose organization is supporting the rally, along with the Center for Security Policy.
“We’ve seen Democratic opponents of the deal, like Senators Schumer and Menendez, harshly attacked and threatened for exposing the gaping flaws in this agreement — like the Iranians keeping their centrifuges, enriched uranium stocks, their apparatus of nuclear and ballistic missile research and development,” Mr. Klein continues.
“The rally is an important opportunity to make clear that this nuclear agreement makes war as well as bloodshed and destabilization across the Middle East more likely, not less likely,” he says.
Both U.S. House and Senate will vote to approve or reject the nuclear deal by Sept. 17 — though House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said the House plans to vote on a measure of disapproval no later than Sept. 11.
There’s concern elsewhere. The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center is sending a delegation of hundreds of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and other leaders to stage their own rally and press conference outside the Senate on Wednesday. The group likens their event to the historic Rabbis’ March in 1943 in support of American and allied action to counter the destruction of European Jewry.