Sep 9, 2021 - Politics

Trump and Planned Parenthood converge at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Former President Donald Trump speaks at an Iowa event.

Former President Donald Trump speaking at a Marshalltown rally in January, 2016. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Trump and Planned Parenthood have one thing in common: They're both sharing the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Oct. 9.

What's happening: Trump is holding a rally at 7pm, just an hour after a fall book sale to benefit the group that the former president's administration took aim at while in office.

  • While there's a gap between the two events, there's expected to be overlap as Trump supporters make their way to the fairgrounds early.

Why it matters: Trump's rallies are a tinderbox that have been linked to violence, including the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

  • We're not aware of any safety warnings for either event. But cities that hosted Trump rallies prior to the 2016 election saw an average of 2.3 more assaults reported on the day of the event compared to a typical day, according to a 2018 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Trump has been criticized for making statements that support aggression against his detractors, including an offer to pay legal fees of a man accused of punching a protester in 2016.

Details: Planned Parenthood, which secured their event at the 445-acre fairgrounds first, will be holding their book sale on its southwest side, at the 4-H building.

  • The specific location of the Trump rally hasn't been announced. Eric Branstad, a senior advisor for Trump's Save America PAC, told Axios Wednesday that he believes the event will be on the fairgrounds' far north side.

What they're saying: Save America officials were not aware of the reproductive health care nonprofit's event prior to scheduling the rally, and they don't believe it'll be a problem, Branstad said.

  • Organizers for both events are working with Iowa State Fair police for security, while Trump's rally will also have Secret Service, fair spokesperson Mindy Williamson said.

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