DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Donald Trump’s campaign has just announced it will hold a presidential campaign rally Thursday evening at Gilley’s in downtown Dallas.
In addition to the event downtown tomorrow night, Trump will also hold a fundraiser earlier in the evening.
Officials in Grand Prairie said that holding an event at the Verizon Theater raised traffic and parking concerns, because there are two other events taking place at the same time nearby at a stadium and Lone Star Park.
Police there also said they would need to ask Arlington and Dallas to provide additional officers so the facility could be properly secured.
But authorities say that was not a deal-breaker. In a statement issued Wednesday, Chief Steve Dye said, “The decision was made by the Trump organizers to continue their search.”
In Irving, the city leaders said the police department needed more than 48 hours notice to provide adequate security at the Irving Convention Center.
The Trump campaign also asked about holding the rally at the Gexa Pavilion at Fair Park in Dallas, but a city spokeswoman tells CBS 11 she believes that was ruled out by the campaign after costs to hold the rally there went up.
Southern Methodist University (SMU) political science professor Cal Jillson says this is a strange scenario. “He’s held big rallies all over the country. Now, he’s coming to Texas and having trouble finding the right venue and finding a place that can be properly secured. That’s very unusual.”
Violence at Trump’s rallies in other states have prompted concerns. Protests against Trump are planned here in North Texas as well, but organizers insist they’ll be peaceful.
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