The road to the 2024 presidential election has already picked up steam, and Iowans in the Hawkeye State can prove it.
On Monday night, thousands of Iowa natives showed up to hear President Donald Trump speak in Davenport, packing the Adler Theater to maximum capacity.
Via statistics shared by RSBN’s Liz Willis, there were more than 3,500 people inside, which was the maximum capacity of the venue.
Around 1,200 to 1,500 more eager supporters waited in long lines outside, despite the freezing Iowa winter temperatures.
Willis also noted that more than 75 of Iowa’s counties were represented in the turnout from Monday’s event, which focused on President Trump’s America First education policy platform.
The Iowa campaign event for Trump’s 2024 presidential bid was not an official rally, but the energy of the audience reflected the excitement of a signature Trump campaign rally in the style of 2022, 2020, and 2016.
Trump was greeted by loud chants of “USA” as he took the stage to the tune of his trademark rally song, “God Bless the USA,” by Lee Greenwood.
“You know, we won this wonderful state…we won Iowa twice and unfortunately we’re going to have to do it a third time because something happened the second time,” he told the crowd.
The 45th president reflected on his administration’s hard work for Iowa farmers, noting his “giant tax cut to family farms,” as well as his move to repeal the “Waters of the United States” which he described as a “federal power grab over every ditch and every puddle on private land.”
Trump also hit on his strong stance against China, reminding Americans, “I stood up to China like no administration has ever done before.” He additionally touched on the importance of producing ethanol in Iowa, vowing to “go after anyone who wishes to destroy it.”