- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2018

President Trump journeys to Houston on Monday for a yet another “Make America Great Again” rally in a local arena that can accommodate 18,000 Texas fans.

It’s not big enough for Lone Star enthusiasm — prompting the Trump campaign to throw a “Big Texas Tailgater” party for the overflow crowd.

“With requests for tickets exceeding over 100,000 online, the Trump Campaign has organized a tailgater to take place in the afternoon leading up to the rally starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. The tailgater will feature food trucks, live music courtesy of the Marcus Eldridge Band and the Will Carter Band, appearances by Trump Campaign spokespeople, big screens to see President Trump’s speech, and more,” the campaign revealed in a statement.

“The excitement at this Trump rally will be as big as Texas — it’s going to be epic,” predicts Michael Glassner, CEO of the Trump campaign.

The Houston Police Department will be “fully mobilized” for the downtown rally, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Mr. Trump will be joined on stage by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz, currently facing a re-election challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat with considerable support from the mainstream media. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo advised that his department also is following “unconfirmed reports” of a planned rally for Mr. O’Rourke that could draw thousands more people.

“We will have many, many officers out and about. 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,” Mr. Acevedo said.

This is Mr. Trump’s sixth visit to Texas in recent years. Three more campaign rallies follow this week in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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