Donald Trump is heading to North Texas — and holding a campaign rally at Gilley’s in Dallas. The controversial New York billionaire and former reality TV star, after being rejected at venues in other places in North Texas as he sought a place to rally supporters, will be at the nightclub at 7 p.m. Thursday. “We are excited to announce that Donald J. Trump and team are headed to Dallas, Texas, ... for a Donald J. Trump for President rally and we want you to join us,” an email sent to supporters said.
His staffers ask that people not bring “homemade signs, banners, “professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags.”
This is Trump’s first visit to Texas since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Visits and fundraisers are also expected in Houston and San Antonio.
Trump’s quest for a DFW venue became a last-minute drama because it initially appeared he might not find a place to hold a rally. Officials with several local venues — from the Fort Worth Convention Center to the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie to the Irving Convention Center — have said they didn’t have space or time to adequately ramp up security for such a high profile event.
“It’s very unusual that the Republican nominee for president of the United States can’t find a venue to hold a rally in a deep red state like Texas,” Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said before Trump’s Gilley’s event was announced.