Trump’s stop in Austin on American Freedom Tour

Trump’s stop in Austin on American Freedom Tour

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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May 16, 2022

Former President Donald Trump made his first stop on his American Freedom Tour in Austin, Saturday, May 14. During a rally, he attacked Democrats over a litany of issues, riled up conservative voters, and promised to “take back our beautiful, beautiful, beautiful White House” in 2024.

Former secretary of state and CIA director under Trump Mike Pompeo was the first to speak, followed by Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host. Trump spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of roughly 8,000 people, all of whom were required to purchase tickets.

Trump’s appearance came 10 days ahead of the Texas primary runoffs on May 24, when several Trump-endorsed candidates will face off with opponents in bids for state and local office. In his address, Trump touted his endorsements in several upcoming runoffs. Among those mentioned was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is facing a runoff challenge from Land Commissioner George P. Bush. Trump also reiterated his support for Sen. Dawn Buckingham’s campaign to become Texas Land Commissioner, former state Sen. Pete Flores in his campaign to reenter the Legislature, Phil Sorrells in the Tarrant County district attorney race and Frederick Frazier in House District 61.

The former President then turned his attention to national issues, including public education, border security, and voting integrity. He urged conservative supporters to help the Republican Party take control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.

“Get ready to work; get ready to fight; get ready to win and win like never before,” Trump said in his closing remarks. “We will take back the House, we will take back the Senate, and we will take back our country.”

The American Freedom Tour website states its mission is to provide “patriotic, educational events that promote freedom and conservative ideas to shape opinions and culture nationwide.” According to the website, the events are set to “celebrate the greatness of America and the four pillars of conservatism – Faith, Family, Finances and Freedom.”

The Austin Convention Center in Texas was the first location to host the tour. The second tour date will be on June 18, 2022, at the Landers Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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