President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of “massive” crowds from Chattanooga’s McKenzie Arena where he was to speak tonight to support Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07). Trump visited nearby Macon, North Georgia earlier in the afternoon.
The president is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central from the arena at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Multiple media outlets reported the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence traveling with the president.
On my way to Macon, Georgia where the crowds are massive, for a 4pmE #MAGARally. Will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee tonight, seen below, for a 7pmE rally. Something’s happening! Everyone needs to get out and VOTE! pic.twitter.com/xBXepwpug9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2018
On my way to Macon, Georgia where the crowds are massive, for a 4pmE #MAGARally. Will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee tonight, seen below, for a 7pmE rally. Something’s happening! Everyone needs to get out and VOTE!
The Tennessee Star is on the scene and took this video of the gathering crowds from inside the arena
WTVC reported the line of Trump supporters in Chattanooga stretched nearly a mile. Reporter Taylor Stewart tweeted, “TRUMP IN CHATT: The line of supporters is long, wrapping nearly a mile down the road.”
TRUMP IN CHATT: The line of supporters is long, wrapping nearly a mile down the road. pic.twitter.com/bOmWr0fLZ3
— Taylor N. Stewart (@TaylorNC9) November 4, 2018
Country music superstar Lee Greenwood was scheduled to perform his hit “God Bless the USA” at Trump’s rally in Chattanooga.
Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President said, “Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ has been a fixture of our iconic Trump rallies and is beloved by millions of patriotic Americans.”
In Macon, the president campaigned for Republican Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, WTVC said. Referencing the army of criminal illegal migrants marching toward the border, Trump said it was “an invasion,” WTVC’s live feed showed.
WSB-TV reporter Richard Elliott tweeted earlier in the day from Macon, “Big crowd already in the hangar waiting for the arrival of Pres. Donald Trump. And there’s more outside waiting to get in.”
Big crowd already in the hangar waiting for the arrival of Pres. Donald Trump. And there's more outside waiting to get in. pic.twitter.com/yjBWc7yJHR
— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) November 4, 2018
The Tennessee Star will have full coverage of the event later tonight.
Meanwhile, here are some early images:
Democratic Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen also campaigned in Chattanooga Sunday, at an interfaith prayer lunch.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.