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Trump to hold ‘Make America Great Again’ rally on the Peninsula. Here are the details

President Donald Trump sends off USNS Comfort from Naval Station Norfolk to New York City Saturday, March 28, 2020. (WYDaily)
President Donald Trump sends off USNS Comfort from Naval Station Norfolk to New York City Saturday, March 28, 2020. (WYDaily file)

President Donald Trump will make a campaign stop on the Peninsula Friday.

The president’s campaign team made the announcement Tuesday.

The event will be at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport at 9 p.m.

Worth noting, the doors open at 6 p.m.

You can request tickets here.

The president last visited the area in March when he sent off the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, to help in the coronavirus response in New York City.

That was Trump’s first trip outside Washington since March 9 and only his second outside the gates of the White House since a March 19 trip to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Trump delivered remarks last July to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the First Representative Legislative Assembly at Jamestown.

President Donald J. Trump speaks at Jamestown Settlement Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (WYDaily/Alexa Doiron)
President Donald J. Trump speaks at Jamestown Settlement Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (WYDaily/Alexa Doiron)

The announcement of the rally sparked a strong response from the Virginia Democratic Party.

“Today, the 200,000th American succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic, but instead of finally creating a plan to ensure the health and safety of Virginians, President Trump is announcing a superspreader rally where he will put Virginians in danger,” Virginia Democratic Party Press Secretary Hannah Muldavin  said in a prepared statement. “Friday’s rally won’t do anything to address the issues that matter most to Virginians, whether that’s failing to support the families of more than 3,000 people across the Commonwealth who have died from COVID, or trying to rip away protections for the 3.4 million Virginians with a pre-existing condition by trying to dismantle the ACA. Those voters want a leader who will put their health and safety first — not one who will put it in jeopardy with a political rally.”

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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