President Donald Trump is gearing up for a 2020 campaign rally in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Michigan is the key to his re-election, as new state GOP Chair Laura Cox has said, so this likely will be the first of many events.
Trump, who won Michigan in 2016, is expected to draw a large crowd in Van Andel Arena.
There will be a counter-protest featuring former Democratic presidential candidate retired Maj. Richard Ojeda, as the Advance first reported Wednesday, as well as the “Baby Trump” balloon.
Against that backdrop, it’s worth noting that new research from political scientists who write for the Washington Post shows a disturbing trend for Trump’s 2016 rallies.