President Trump arrived in Iowa despite a winter blizzard hitting the state.
Trump flew into Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday evening as the Iowa Caucus is set to kick off on Monday.
Take a look at his motorcade fighting the blizzard:
Trump arrives in Iowa 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/hOnRjk7B4g
— Grand Old Patriots🇺🇸 (@GrandOlPatriots) January 14, 2024
Donald Trump, the current GOP frontrunner in the presidential election, braces a massive blizzard as he arrives in Des Moines, Iowa pic.twitter.com/jv5pJMp5UW
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 14, 2024
Donald Trump landed here Saturday night in a relaxed mood, just before a new Iowa poll showed him with a commanding lead heading into the caucuses.
Trump, who cancelled three campaign rallies in Iowa due to the extreme weather conditions here, was spotted by the press sans-signature red tie walking into his hotel.
“That’s a lot of cold weather. We have a lot of meetings tonight, a lot of tremendous support, but it’s nasty out there,” Trump said.
His team set up a livestream hosted by Iowa’s attorney general, Brenna Bird, at his hotel with a crowd of supporters. The event gave Trump the chance to respond to friendly questions in front of a controlled and friendly audience. Trump touched on his 2024 rivals, his dominance in the polls, his legal cases, electric vehicles and President Joe Biden’s record, particularly the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East.
Here’s the moment Trump walked into his hotel:
The G.O.A.T arrives in Iowa. President Donald J Trump in the house. pic.twitter.com/nG7VJiMxws
— Futurist (@americasgreat) January 14, 2024
Per Toronto City News:
Trump, the heavy front-runner in Monday’s caucuses, opted for “tele-rallies” after canceling larger in-person events due to a blizzard blanketing much of the state, but he remained confident as he looks for a big victory to blunt the potential rise of any rival.
Shortly after arriving in Des Moines, Trump held a livestreamed town hall-style event hosted by Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, one his top Iowa backers. “It’s nasty out there,” he said of Iowa’s icy conditions. He confessed to some worry that weather could dampen turnout Monday but said his supporters will “walk over glass” to support him.
Perhaps more important than the margin of Trump’s expected victory is whether either of his remaining top rivals can claim a clear second-place finish and gain momentum as the race moves forward to New Hampshire and other states.
The final Des Moines Register/NBC News poll before the caucuses found Trump maintaining a formidable lead, supported by nearly half of likely caucusgoers compared with 20% for Haley and 16% for DeSantis. Haley, the former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor, and DeSantis, the Florida governor, remain locked in a close battle for second. Trump is also viewed more favorably than the other top contenders by likely caucusgoers, at 69% compared with 58% for DeSantis and just 48% for Haley.