What’s a MAGA Rally Meetup Like?
WAUKEE, Iowa – A bustling group of conservatives at a Jethro’s on a Thursday night brings an interesting crowd. This crowd, in particular, was a mixture of people wearing Trump camo hats, work boots, and blazers. All attendees were ready to hear their president speak at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.
There was a small crowd at the 6 o’clock start time, but as more people finished their workday, the room began to fill. The group increased to about fifty while the president gave his speech. Filtering into tables around the room, attendees made introductions and socialized with organizer Tana Goertz.
Tana Goertz serves as an advisor on the Trump campaign in Iowa. Goertz hosts weekly meetups to watch rallies on television. Tonight, the rally was in Ohio, but the attendees of this Waukee meetup were more than happy to get a bite to eat with fellow Republicans, watch the rally and hear Goertz speak.
“Iowa is a huge priority for President Trump,” Goertz says. “Of course we’re going to caucus for him.”
Republican Party officials across the nation have made the decision not to hold caucuses. The significance of the decision is the inability of President Trump’s challengers to get their name on the ballot in key states such as Wisconsin and South Carolina. Essentially, states are clearing the way for President Trump to scoop up state delegates. RNC spokeswoman Cassie Smedile told Hill.TV, “This is not abnormal.”
In a Jan. 2 press release, Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann assures Republican voters that the Feb. 3 caucus will go on, “I’m confident we will continue to show the rest of the nation that we take our first in the nation responsibility very seriously.” In Iowa, there will be 1,682 locations for Republicans to caucus.
To Republicans in Iowa, the process of a caucus is still important, but the rhetoric from this event sends a message loud and clear, there will be little deviation from President Trump. Trump won Iowa in 2016 and his campaign has laid the groundwork for round two.
Iowa GOP voters do not have their eyes on Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld or radio personality and former Congressman Joe Walsh. These voters want four more years of President Trump, and they are all in for promises made and, in their opinion, promises kept.
So, yes there will technically be a Republican caucus here in Iowa but we know the winner. On Feb. 3, these caucus locations are destined to feel more like mini Trump rallies rather than a place for dialoguing about policy presented by the three declared candidates in the Republican field.