Trump to make appearance at Iowa rivalry college football game

September 7, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

Former President Donald Trump may have skipped the first GOP primary debate, but he's making major campaign moves as he continues to dominate the polls. 

According to Breitbart, the former president will jet off to Ames, Iowa for the weekend to make an appearance at the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclone college football game, a high-stakes rivalry.

Given the high probability that Trump will be well received at the game in one of the most important voting states in the nation, his GOP opponents will undoubtedly be drowned out of the news cycle, once again.

Courting Iowa voters is crucial for any GOP candidate, as the state is the first to vote in the nation.

Welcomed in

The former president was welcomed with open arms to the popular game by Iowa Senate majority leader Jack Whitver, who once played for Iowa State.

"Tens-of-thousands of Iowans will gather to tailgate and cheer on their favorite team,” Whitver said in a statement, Fox News reported. "I’m proud to have President Trump witness the greatest rivalry in college sports."

Matt Whitaker, Trump's former acting attorney general, also a former player, welcomed the president.

"We’re thrilled to invite Donald J. Trump to the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game this weekend," Whitaker said.

He added, "President Trump attended this game in 2015 and remembers the incredible passion and electricity of the fans."

Breitbart noted:

The game will be Trump’s second time to Iowa in the last few weeks after briefly swinging through the Iowa State Fair in August.

Not his first time

Trump attended the same rivalry matchup in 2015 as he geared up for his momentous election win in 2016. Even then, he received loud applause from those in attendance.

"Trump received a thunderous welcome when he attended Iowa vs. Iowa State in 2015. Trump’s attendance at this weekend’s Iowa- ISU game is must watch tv. Iowans love Trump because Trump stands up to globalists who want to shut down America’s farms. Trump will win Iowa by a lot," Charles Downs tweeted. 

The former president will undoubtedly make waves at the game, and given how important the game is, Iowa voters will surely remember who came to see it.

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