DES MOINES, Iowa — Preparations for President-elect Donald Trump’s visit to Des Moines are already underway Thursday morning at Hy-Vee Hall. Organizers with the event are expecting it to be packed to the rafters.
“Donald Trump does everything over the top,” said Tana Goertz, senior advisor to the Trump Campaign and Iowa resident. “This is a ‘Thank You’ tour. No other candidate has done such a thing. This is a classy move that he is doing.”
While inside the event it will be packed with supporters, outside will be a different story.
”We as Iowa women and men, need to stand up and show our kids, especially little girls, that his rhetoric is not going to fly. That we are not going to let that happen,” said Heaven Chamberlain, 19, Des Moines Area Community College student.
Chamberlain is a part of several groups that will protest the event Thursday evening.
”This is the start of many protests that will inevitably happened because Donald Trump is such a controversial character,” said Chamberlain.
The event is expected to hold almost 10,000 people and almost triple that number have RSVP’d online. Organizers expect supporters to line-up as early as 8:00 a.m. and Goertz think it will be worth the wait.
“I think people are going to come away from Thursday evening saying ‘We did the right thing.’ Donald Trump will do more in his first 100 days then President Obama has done in the last eight years,” said Goertz.
Local Democrats could not disagree more and Matt Sinovic is one of them. He is the executive director of Progress Iowa. They held an event Wednesday morning at the Capitol to inform Iowans about the potential impacts a Trump presidency will have.
”His policies for education would be disastrous,” said Sinovic. “Iowa would lose millions and millions of dollars in federal funding that supports our public schools, if his plans are put into place. So, we just want people to know that, just how disastrous Trump’s policies would be for our state.”
The Des Moines Police Department has a plan if things get hostile but they don’t expect it will.
“We have had big Trump rallies in the past and things always go smoothly,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek, DMPD.
He goes onto to say that they are more focused on making sure the motorcades move smoothly. Yes, motorcades, plural. There will be one escort for Trump and one for Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Expect major delays around 7:00 p.m. downtown.