Donald Trump rally LIVE news — Former President’s American Freedom Tour almost SOLD OUT in Austin Convention Center

SATURDAY’S Texas stop of former president Donald Trump’s American Freedom Tour is almost sold out.

There were only 5,000 seats available ranging in price depending on proximity to the stage, with the priciest ones costing over $5,000.

This is a different event than the Save America rallies Trump has also been presiding over.

Trump will be joined by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with a number of conservative speakers at the Austin Convention Center, situated at 500 E Cesar Chavez Street.

Those speaking include Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, Dinesh D’Souza, Kevin Sorbo, Ted Nugent, and Kimberley Guilfoyle.

American Freedom Tour president Chris Widener in a press release: “We are honored and thrilled to have President Trump lead the Austin and Birmingham rally.

“His speech in previous rallies electrified the crowd, bringing attendees to their feet time and again. Donald J. Trump personifies the traditional values of faith, family, finances, and freedom that made our nation great and are under such direct attack today.”

According to the event’s website, the American Freedom Tour emphasizes and promotes conservative ideals linked to faith, family, finance, and freedom.

The physical event runs from 8.15am until 5pm.

Read our Donald Trump rally live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • What happened at Trump’s last rally?

    During the rally, Trump shared another compilation of Biden’s gaffes and also discussed the success of his social media app TRUTH.

    The event, in support of GOP US Senate candidate and TV personality Dr Mehmet Oz, was held in Greensburg, Pennsylvania Friday at 8pm ET.

    Trump announced he was endorsing Oz in April 2022 and told USA Today that Pennsylvania has “a tremendous opportunity to Save America by electing the brilliant and well-known” candidate.

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence makes his own picks

    Pence announced on Friday he would be campaigning in support of Georgia governor Brian Kemp’s reelection.

    Trump has offered his support to David Perdue, after naming Kemp an enemy for refusing to aid in overturning President Joe Biden’s win in Georgia.

  • GOP leaders undermine Trump’s picks

    Trump has used several of his events to show support for other candidates who have upcoming elections.

    On Tuesday, Charles Herbster — who Trump endorsed for Nebraska Governor — lost in the GOP primary after significant opposition from Gov. Pete Ricketts, reports The Washington Post.

    Similar events have happened in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

  • Cheney claps back

    Cheney then clapped back in January 2022 after she blamed him for the January 6 Capitol Riots and said that he is “clearly unfit for future office [and] clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again.”

    “He crossed lines no American president has ever crossed before,” Cheney said during an appearance on This Week, via ABC News.

    “When a president refuses to tell the mob to stop when he refuses to defend any of the coordinate branches of government, he cannot be trusted.”

  • Trump’s remarks about Liz Cheney

    Over the years, Trump and Cheney have not seen eye-to-eye and have called each other out on several occasions.

    In October 2021, Trump went as far as calling her a “smug fool” after she backed a criminal contempt vote against former White House aide Stephen Bannon, The Hill reports.

    “Low-polling Liz Cheney is actually very bad news for the Democrats, people absolutely cannot stand her as she fights for the people that have decimated her and her father for many years,” Trump said at the time.

    “She is a smug fool, and the great State of Wyoming, together with the Republican Party, fully understands her act. To look at her is to despise her,” he continued.

  • Why is Trump having a rally?

    According to KWTX, the event is meant to build important relationships, help promote a conservative agenda, and protect America’s future.

    Following his trip to Texas, he will then head to Casper, Wyoming, for a Save America Rally.

    He is expected to show his support for Republican candidate Harriet Hageman, who is campaigning against Liz Cheney.

    Over the years, Trump and Cheney have not seen eye-to-eye and have called each other out on several occasions.

  • Trump says ‘I’m BACK’ on Truth Social

    Former President Donald Trump declared that he is “BACK” on Truth Social network after he vowed not to return to Twitter despite Elon Musk’s takeover.

    Trump posted for the first time after saying on April 25 he would be joining Truth Social within the next several days.

    “I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” the former president shared to the platform, making a reference to his infamous 2017 viral tweet.

  • What has Trump said about TRUTH Social?

    On October 20, 2021, Trump announced the launch of his own social media platform, called TRUTH Social.

    “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced,” Trump said in a statement regarding his social media ban that was put into place following the January 6 Capitol Riots.

  • Will Donald Trump run for President in 2024, continued

    Trump has also teased another presidential run at his latest rallies.

    On Saturday, at another event, he said that in 2024, Republicans will take back “that very, very, very, very beautiful White House.”

    He ended his speech by saying that Republicans will make America powerful, strong, and safe again, before ending with his classic slogan: “And we will Make America Great Again.”

  • Will Donald Trump run for President in 2024, continued

    Trump has also teased another presidential run at his latest rallies.

    On Saturday, at another event, he said that in 2024, Republicans will take back “that very, very, very, very beautiful White House.”

    He ended his speech by saying that Republicans will make America powerful, strong, and safe again, before ending with his classic slogan: “And we will Make America Great Again.”

  • Will Donald Trump run for President in 2024?

    Even though they are not presidential campaign rallies, these frequent Save America rallies have made some of his supporters believe that he may make a comeback in 2024.

    Additionally, after the news broke that Facebook banned Trump from the platform for at least two years, Trump released a statement implying his return to the presidency.

    He said: “Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!” 

  • How many times has Trump been impeached, continued

    Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time after the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

    Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice after the House charged him with “incitement of insurrection” on January 13, 2021, over the US Capitol siege.

  • How many times has Trump been impeached?

    On December 18, 2019, an action on impeachment was initiated against former President Donald Trump when the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

    The representatives pointed to Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate 2020 political rival Biden while withholding as leverage military aid, as well as attempting to block a House investigation.

  • Who is Candace Owens, continued

    Owens was studying to be a journalist, but she didn’t finish her degree.

    Instead, she went to work for Vogue for a while before shifting into finance.

    She went from being an unknown political YouTuber to being one of President Donald Trump’s “most visible supporters and first family associates,” according to the New York Times.

    She has won Trump’s favor by slamming everyone who dares to criticize or mock him.

    Owens started the Blexit movement in late 2018, a social media effort encouraging African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities to abandon the Democrats and register as Republicans.

  • Who is Candace Owens?

    Owens, 32, is a vocal conservative activist.

    She was hailed as media savvy and straight-shooting by the Sunday Times.

    Owens grew raised in Stamford, Connecticut, in public housing.

    Her father worked as a property manager, while her mother stayed at home with her children.

    According to the Times, she once moved in with her grandfather to avoid her family’s “cr***y, infested” flat.

    After police investigated racial murder threats left on her phone by adolescent guys, her parents won a $37,500 lawsuit against the city.

  • Who is Sheriff Mark Lamb?

    Mark Lamb is an American Sheriff. He was elected to such a position in Pinal County, Arizona in 2017, per the Pinal County website.

    Lamb served for the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community’s police force for six years.

    He joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 2012.

    Lamb was elected Sheriff of Pinal County in 2017, succeeding Paul Babeu.

  • Who is Kevin Sorbo?

    Kevin David Sorbo is an actor from the United States. He starred in two television shows, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda, as Hercules and Captain Dylan Hunt, respectively, according to IMDb.

    Sorbo has also appeared in the Christian dramas God’s Not Dead and Let There Be Light.

    He was born on September 24, 1958, in Mound, Minnesota, and grew up in a Lutheran household.

    Sorbo earned a double major in marketing and advertising at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He began modeling for print and television advertisements to help pay for his school.

  • Who is Dinesh D’Souza?

    Dinesh D’Souza is a right-wing political analyst, agitator, author, filmmaker, and conspiracy theorist who is Indian-American, per Vox.

    D’Souza is the author of more than a dozen books, including numerous New York Times best-sellers.

    His documentary film, 2016: Obama’s America, based on his 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, was published in 2012 and grossed $33million, making it the highest-grossing conservative documentary of all time.

    Since then, he has published five more documentaries: Imagine the World Without Her, Hillary’s America, Death of a Nation, Trump Card, and 2000 Mules.

    Due to their promotion of conspiracy theories and lies, as well as their inflammatory character, D’Souza’s films and comments have sparked considerable controversy.

  • Who is Kimberly Guilfoyle?

    Kimberly Guilfoyle is an American lawyer and television news anchor who co-hosted Fox News’ The Five.

    She was born in San Francisco in 1969 to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father and studied law before appearing on a number of legal television series.

    Guilfoyle was called a “conservative cheerleader for President Trump” by The Washington Post in 2018.

    She has known the Trump family for quite some time.

    Guilfoyle was rumored to be the chair of the Trump Victory Committee’s finance committee early this year.

  • Who is Ted Nugent?

    Ted Nugent is a singer, composer, guitarist, and activist from the United States, per All Music.

    He rose to prominence as the main guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Amboy Dukes, psychedelic rock and hard rock band established in 1963.

    He started a solo career when the band disbanded. Nugent is recognized for his Gibson Byrdland guitar, his bluesy and frantic guitar playing, and his high-octane live performances.

    Despite having a distinctive, versatile singing voice, Nugent spent much of his early solo career recording and touring with various lead vocalists, including Derek St. Holmes, Charlie Huhn, Brian Howe, and Meat Loaf, until taking up complete lead vocal responsibilities later on.

  • Who is Mike Pompeo?

    Mike Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, and businessman who served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2018 and as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States from 2018 to 2021.

    Pompeo served in the United States Army.

    From 2011 to 2017, he served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Kansas’ 4th congressional district.

    He was a member of the Republican National Committee from Kansas. Pompeo is also a member of the Republican Party’s Tea Party movement.

  • Who is Donald Trump Jr, continued

    At the age of 13, he began working in the family company as a dock attendant at Trump Castle, earning minimum pay plus tips.

    After earning his degree in 2001, he returned to the family firm and got experience with the building of Trump Place in New York’s West Side Yards.

    He currently handles the company’s real estate, hotels, golf courses, and other development projects, and has overseen projects in Chicago, Las Vegas, Scotland, and India.

    He’s also been on The Apprentice with his father, Donald Trump, on a frequent basis.

  • Who is Donald Trump Jr?

    Donald Trump Jr is the oldest child of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and his first wife, Ivana, a Czech woman.

    Growing up, the proficient Czech speaker was close to his maternal grandfather.

    He was born in New York and earned an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School before joining his father’s company.

    He is the Trump Organization’s executive vice president.

  • Austin prepares for traffic delays

    Due to secret service standards, the Downtown Austin Alliance issued a warning that there might be traffic delays and severe disruptions to hotels and businesses within a 3-block radius of the convention center, per CBS Austin.

    The Austin Convention Center Department’s safety and security staff, according to a spokeswoman, will assist with the event’s security measures, as requested by the organizer.

    They also said: “As a former President, the event will have enhanced security protocols. The Austin Convention Center Department is working with the event organizers who are in charge and responsible for the security details and protocols. They are also working with other national, local, and private security agencies.”

  • What’s the next stop on the tour?

    After Austin, the tour will continue in Memphis on June 18.

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