Former US President Donald J. Trump is expected to be in Waco next week for his first campaign rally for the 2024 re-election campaign, but a possible indictment could halt the billionaire businessman’s plans to come to the Texas town that is also in the midst of the anniversary of a deadly massacre.
The former president announced in a social media post that the Manhattan district attorney’s office planned to indict him on Tuesday for allegedly paying up to $280,000 in undisclosed money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and model from Playboy Karen McDougal in exchange for sexual favors, CNN and the Associated Press reported Saturday.
Now the potential indictment and the anniversary of the FBI siege of the Branch Davidians religious cult, which left 76 members dead from February 18 to April 19, 1993, hangs over Trump as he heads to the airport Waco regional on March 25.
The doors will open at noon for the rally, according to the Trump campaign. The 45th President of the United States is expected to deliver his remarks at 5pm
“It is undisputed that Texas is Trump’s country after electing 37 Trump-endorsed candidates and recent polls of Texas primary voters,” the former president’s campaign said in a news release Saturday.
The Trump campaign cited polling trends studied by CWS Research, LLC.
In Trump’s social media post, he called for action from his supporters, writing, “Protest, take back our nation!”
Law enforcement officials in New York are preparing security for the possibility that Trump could be indicted in the coming weeks, according to the AP. It’s unclear how that would affect the rally.
Those who still wish to participate can register for general admission tickets on the Trump campaign website.