Is the Donald Trump rally live on TV for Thursday night? That’s what many of his biggest supporters are wondering ahead of Thursday, Jan. 28’s big rally by the Republican frontrunner. It’s well known that Trump has chosen to skip the latest GOP Debate hosted by Fox News and moderated by Megyn Kelly. With that in mind, he will proceed on his own, and hope that he can “trump” them in the ratings on television tonight. So what are the details for this latest Iowa rally by Mr. Trump as he goes against the 2016 GOP Debate live coverage?
According to Washington Times on Jan. 27, the billionaire business mogul and top Republican candidate in polls will be holding a special event to help benefit U.S. veterans organizations, and it will take place in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University. The event will directly compete with the Republican Debate on Fox News, as this Trump rally will be shown live on CNN. Their coverage is expected to begin tonight with an hour of pre-rally coverage, and then the main event goes forth live on CNN. Trump has already retweeted one follower on his Twitter saying, “I hope @CNN has enough bandwidth tonight because not many will be watching @FoxNews. Watching Trump tonight #GOPDebate.”
With Trump absent from the main debate stage, it already has brought some of his competitors out of the woodwork on Twitter too. Rand Paul retweeted on his account Wednesday, “I feel like I’ve got a double win: I’m in the main debate & I don’t have to put up with @realDonaldTrump.” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey’s statement was a bit more of an attack on Trump’s potential as president, saying “The American ppl should wonder you know if you’re not willing to show up when everything isn’t going your way..”
Donald Trump continues to lead the competitors in many polls, although Iowa is considered a major state that the candidates want to win the most. This latest move could backfire for Trump and give his competitors some extra ammunition while he’s not there to answer their statements or attacks about his character. On the other hand, this could end up helping Trump gain more of an advantage as he shows the power he has to get people to watch his rally on CNN rather than succumb to what his camp might feel is another attempt at Megyn Kelly trying to gain ratings via controversy.
The Donald Trump rally in Iowa is scheduled for a 9 p.m. Eastern Time start time. CNN will air the live debate, with an hour of pre-rally coverage at 8 p.m. ET. This will be opposite of the main debate on Fox News, but both of these events will be readily available for free online for those who can focus on both at once. Expect plenty of commentary to follow these latest events as analysts try to determine who came out ahead after these latest Republican events on live TV.