In a strategic move to steal the spotlight, former President Trump is gearing up to host a high-energy rally in Hialeah, Florida, coinciding with the third Republican presidential primary debate next month, his team revealed this Friday.
While his prominent competitors exchange barbs in a heated debate in Miami on November 8, Trump plans to electrify his base in Hialeah, just a short 15-mile hop from the debate venue.
This isn’t the first time Trump has played this card. In fact, it’s his third act of showcasing his star power to overshadow the GOP’s 2024 primary debates. He’s previously diverted attention with a tell-all interview with former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson during the first debate and engaged with Michigan’s workforce as the second debate unfolded.
Trump had already dropped hints about giving the third GOP primary debate a miss. His campaign team is pushing for the Republican National Committee (RNC) to drop the debates altogether, urging them to unite under his banner for the upcoming general election showdown.
And why wouldn’t they? Trump is cruising ahead in the GOP primary polls, both at the state and national levels, leaving Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis and South Carolina’s former Governor Nikki Haley in a scramble for the runner-up spot.
A fresh-off-the-press Emerson College poll puts Trump at a commanding 59 percent, with DeSantis and Haley trailing in a joint second at just 8 percent.
As of now, the debate stage will host only Haley, DeSantis, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, with NBC News playing host. To qualify, candidates have to hit specific polling numbers and attract donations from a whopping 70,000 individuals.
What’s more, a recent Bloomberg/Morning Consult survey shows Trump ahead of President Biden among voters in seven key battleground states. And that’s with the legal cloud hanging over him, given his indictments in Washington, D.C., Georgia, New York, and Florida on a litany of criminal charges this year. 🚔👀