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President Trump Hosts 'Keep America Great' Rally in Dallas

President leads campaign rally in Dallas after visiting Louis Vuitton factory in Johnson County

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    President Donald J. Trump hosted a campaign rally Thursday in Dallas, touching on topics like low unemployment, building a wall and winning the election in 2020. (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    The American Airlines Center was packed with as many as 20,000 people Thursday night as President Donald J. Trump hosted a campaign rally.

    Trump hit the stage about 7:45 p.m., which was a little later than expected. But the crowd inside was still energized to see him.

    The president touched on topics like low unemployment, building a wall, and winning the election in 2020.

    "Since my election we've created 775,000 across your state including 70,000 Texas manufacturing jobs.  They said those jobs had disappeared didn't they," Trump said.

    "Our country is once again living by two simple rules. Buy American and hire American," he added.

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    The American Airlines Center was packed with as many as 20,000 people Thursday night as President Donald J. Trump hosted a campaign rally.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    The large crowd was not very ethnically diverse. However there were some minorities in support of Trump. That included Latinos for Trump, African Americans and Asians.

    For those attending Thursday night, they were pleased with what they heard.

    "I thought the rally was great," supporter Lee Aldriedge said. "Very patriotic. Just the audience and their reaction to what Trump said."


    Air Force One touched down at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at about 12:52 p.m. Thursday.

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    President Trump spoke to reporters after landing at NAS JRB in Fort Worth. He's going to a campaign fundraiser in Fort Worth before touring a new Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Keene, then he'll headline a campaign rally in Dallas.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

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    President Donald Trump landed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Thursday afternoon for a tour of the new Louis Vuitton facility before a rally in Dallas.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    After speaking with the media and greeting the crowd, Trump departed the base at about 1:40 p.m. From there, the president was scheduled to make several stops, including a luncheon in Fort Worth and a tour of the new Louis Vuitton factory in Johnson County, before ending the day at the rally at the AAC.

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    Doors at the American Airlines Center open at 4 p.m. ahead of the 7 p.m. rally. Several street closures will be in effect during the event and traffic in the area is expected to be very congested as the president travels from Love Field to the arena during rush hour.

    See the map below for details.

    Street closures will be in place Thursday around the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas.
    Photo credit: Dallas PD

    Nearby, at the Theatre in Grand Prairie, Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke was holding a "Rally Against Fear." O'Rourke's rally is scheduled to begin at about 6 p.m. and can be watched here.

    Meanwhile, Texas Democrats, led by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, will hold a rally at 2 p.m. near the Lexus garage outside the AAC. State Reps Ramon Romero, Rhetta Bowers, Jessica Gonzalez and others plan to "discuss how Donald Trump has failed Texas."

    After the fundraising luncheon in Fort Worth, Trump will head to the Johnson County town of Keene where people have been rolling out the red, white and blue carpet and lining the streets with American flags.

    In Dallas, a line started to form outside the AAC about two days before his arrival. On Wednesday, tents and pop-up chairs along with T-shirt stands wrapped around the arena.

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    Thousands of supporters lined up outside the American Airlines Center in Dallas Thursday for a chance to attend President Donald Trump's rally at the arena.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

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    Keene readies for President Trump's upcoming visit to the Louis Vuitton factory outside of Keene.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019)

    Dave Thompson and a friend were first in line.

    "You know, you have people from all walks of life from around the country. I feel positive energy. I don't think it's against anyone or anything but for positive breakthrough," Thompson said.

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    A crowd of Donald Trump supporters continued to grow Thursday morning outside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, ahead of the president's rally.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

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