Live updates: Donald Trump holding rally in Racine, his third Wisconsin rally of 2024

RACINE — Former President Donald Trump is holding a rally Tuesday, his third visit in 2024 to Wisconsin and his first since being convicted by a New York jury on 34 counts in his hush money trial.

Trump's visit also comes less than a month before the start of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where he will be formally nominated for president. Last week, Trump called Milwaukee a "horrible city," prompting criticism from state Democrats.

Racine is about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. In 2020, Racine County voted 52% for Trump and 47% for President Joe Biden.

Biden also stopped in the Racine area in his last visit to the state, touting Microsoft's planned expansion in the county and offering a contrast to unfulfilled promises of the Foxconn deal championed by Trump and state Republican leaders.

You can follow along with the Journal Sentinel's live blog for updates on Trump's rally. Be sure to refresh your browser for the latest updates:

Attendees show support through outfits

William Race of Sheboygan wore a shirt that read “Fully vaccinated by the blood of Jesus” with a photo of a lion containing religious motifs.

“Growing up in the Baptist Church, you know, I want our country to get back to our morals and good values,” Race said.

Cousins Daphnie Lattimore and Helen Starrett, of Illinois and Michigan, wore rhinestoned shirts with quilted red, white and blue stars on their backs. They staked out chairs for the rally starting at 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, taking shifts to reserve their places.

Lattimore said it felt like waiting in line for a rock concert.

“It’s our first rally,” Lattimore said. “It’s exciting and the people are awesome, fellow patriots.”

Rachel Hale

Crowd begins to file into venue ahead of rally

By about 10:30 a.m., most of the crowd had been let in the gates to the park where Trump is set to take the stage at 3 p.m.The weather was humid but overcast, with some stray sprinkles, and around 72 degrees.

Hope Karnopp

Biden allies hold press conference in Racine, blast Trump over Foxconn handling

Ahead of Trump’s rally, allies of President Joe Biden held a press conference in Racine to blast Trump over his handling of an unsuccessful economic development project from Taiwanese-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn.

Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans in 2017 signed into law billions in taxpayer-funded incentives for Foxconn to build a LCD panel factory in Racine County with the promise of 13,000 jobs.

Trump held events at the White House to help move the project along and declared it would be the “eighth wonder of the world” during its groundbreaking in 2018. The project has not materialized.

“Trump's policies did not bring the promised jobs to Wisconsin. In fact, we lost jobs. A second term could be even more disastrous,” Democratic state Rep. Greta Neubauer of Racine said at the press conference at the local Democratic Party headquarters.

Molly Beck

Biden supporters protest across the street from Trump rally venue

Protestors across the street from attendees lining up for Trump rally in Racine held a banner that read “Protect the Biden Climate Miracle.”
Protestors across the street from attendees lining up for Trump rally in Racine held a banner that read “Protect the Biden Climate Miracle.”

At 9:30 a.m., hundreds of supporters were lined up along a harbor of Lake Michigan to get into the park where Trump will speak.

Across the street from the sidewalk where attendees stood in line, a group of about ten protestors spoke in support of the Green New Deal and held a banner that read “Protect the Biden Climate Miracle.”

Hope Karnopp

Hundreds of supporters were lined up along a harbor of Lake Michigan in Racine to get into the park where Trump will speak.
Hundreds of supporters were lined up along a harbor of Lake Michigan in Racine to get into the park where Trump will speak.
Hundreds of supporters were lined up along a harbor of Lake Michigan in Racine to get into the park where Trump will speak.
Hundreds of supporters were lined up along a harbor of Lake Michigan in Racine to get into the park where Trump will speak.

Crowd starts lining up for Trump rally early Tuesday morning

Although Trump isn't expected to speak until 3 p.m. or later, rallygoers were lining up as early as 6 a.m. in Racine's Festival Park, according to WISN 12.

Molly Beck

When will Donald Trump speak in Wisconsin on Tuesday?

Trump is scheduled to deliver his remarks at 3 p.m. or later.

Supporters attending the rally will be greeted with hot, muggy weather: temperatures could feel as high as 95, and there's a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms after noon.

Where will Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin Tuesday?

Trump will hold his rally at Racine Festival Park, located at 5 5th St. It's not yet clear whether Trump will be speaking indoors or outside. The venue is located along a harbor of Lake Michigan.

Where has Trump held rallies in Wisconsin this year?

Trump's last rally in Wisconsin was in Waukesha at the beginning of May. His remarks were focused heavily on immigration and the economy. At the time, Trump was in the middle of his hush money trial in Manhattan.

His first rally in Wisconsin of the 2024 cycle was in Green Bay on April 2, the same day as the state's presidential primary election.

What do the latest Wisconsin presidential polls show?

The last Marquette University Law School poll, conducted in April, showed Trump and Biden locked in a tight race. Among both registered and likely voters in Wisconsin, 51% supported Trump and 49% supported Biden.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Live: Donald Trump rallies in Racine; third Wisconsin rally of 2024

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