President Trump will hold a re-election campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday — his first visit to the Granite State since 2016.


The event will be held at the SNHU Arena, the same location of Trump’s rally on the eve of the 2016 election.


Hundreds of Democratic activists are signed up to protest outside the venue, according to their organizers. Officials are expecting 11,000 people — roughly the arena’s capacity — to flood the city and are warning attendees to plan ahead for road closures. Here’s what you need to know:


The event:


“Keep America Great” rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15

Doors open at 4 p.m.

SNHU Arena

555 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.


How to attend:



  • Tickets are free and can be reserved through Trump’s campaign website, https://www.donaldjtrump.com.

  • Attendees may register for up to two tickets per mobile number. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.


Road closures and more:


Manchester police are instituting road closures ahead of the rally. Beginning at 2 p.m. they include:



  • Elm Street from Central Street to Auburn Street. Limited access to Elm Street from Auburn Street to Valley Street, for local business traffic only.

  • Lake Avenue closed from Elm Street to Pine Street.

  • Chestnut Street closed from Central Street to Auburn Street.

  • Granite Street closed from Elm Street to Canal Street with parking garage access at the Doubletree Hotel coming from Granite Street eastbound.

  • Handicapped parking will be available on Old Granite Street on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is on-street only.

  • Regular parking rules for garages and meters apply. There will be no shuttle service to the event.


Planned protests:


Several Democratic groups say they plan to protest outside the rally, including the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Granite State Progress, New Hampshire Young Democrats, N.H. Progressives for Justice, Rights and Democracy N.H. and the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. They are set to demonstrate from 4 to 7 p.m. on Lake Avenue.


Manchester police Chief Carlo Capano says plans are in place to keep protesters separate from those attending the event.


“We’re not going to object to their free speech. But we have to be very careful as far as crossing that line for any type of criminal behavior, which we will not tolerate,” Capano said, adding, “We feel we’re prepared to handle whatever does come our way, and we’re just hoping it’s a peaceful event and the community is safe.”



Presidential campaigns are also pushing back against Trump’s visit to the Granite State.


Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign will hold a “Stand up to Hate” event at 6 p.m. at Portland Pie Co., 786 Elm St., Manchester. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s team is holding a phone bank during the rally to push for “common-sense gun safety measures” and pressure the U.S. Senate to reconvene and take up gun safety legislation. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign is also holding phone banks to “discuss why Harris is the best candidate to prosecute the case against four more years of Donald Trump’s presidency” and highlight her platform.


New Hampshire state directors from 21 campaigns issued a joint statement Wednesday slamming Trump’s presidency as being “defined by broken promises, hateful rhetoric, and choosing to side with lobbyists and the top 1% at the expense of everyone else.”


“No matter who the Democratic nominee is, we are in this together,” the letter reads. “We believe that all Granite Staters should have access to affordable health care, that children shouldn’t fear for their lives when they go to school, and that the economy should work for everyone – not just those at the very top.”


But Trump’s team says the president supports people’s right to free speech. Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, told the Herald, “Would there be the possibility of a protester or two? Sure. But I think if you’ve ever been to a Trump rally, you know it gets everybody all jazzed up and excited.”


Democrats and Republicans gear up:


On Tuesday, the state’s Democratic Party launched a series of press conferences taking aim at what officials say are the president’s “broken promises” on a range of issues including health care — particularly women’s health — and taking on special interests in Washington. In Concord Tuesday, Chairman Ray Buckley, Sen. Dan Feltes and Rep. Diane Langley slammed Trump’s record on health care and the opioid epidemic. Feltes said the president is working to “undermine” health care in the Granite State by seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, while Langley said the Trump administration has done “very little in terms of support” for the state’s battle against opioids.


Buckley pointed to a new University of New Hampshire poll in which 53% of those surveyed said they disapproved of Trump, while 42% supported the president.


Trump’s re-election team held an economic round-table in Bedford Tuesday featuring New Hampshire GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek, the state’s House and Senate Republican leaders, former Maine Gov. Paul LePage and local business owners. The assembled panel touted how the president’s economic policies and tax cuts have aided small businesses and helped drive the economy, and spoke of building up Trump’s re-election campaign staff in the Granite State.


House Republican Leader Rep. Dick Hinch said, “We are going to make sure that President Trump is re-elected in 2020. There is no compromise there.”




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