President Trump rally canceled in Cape Girardeau, MO

Trump rally in Cape Girardeau, MO canceled

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - As of 8 a.m. on Sept. 11 the rally for President Trump in Cape Girardeau, Missouri has been canceled.

The rally was set for Sept. 13. There is no word on if the rally will be rescheduled.

Chief Operating Officer Michael Glassner said the cancellation is due to inclement weather.

“Regrettably, we must cancel the planned Make America Great Again rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri this Thursday,” said Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. “With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision."

The Cape Girardeau Police Department officers responded to the cancellation. Officers have been in contact with the United States Secret Service since news of the president’s arrival broke. Below is a Facebook post from the police department about their involvement.

We were notified this morning by the United States Secret Service that President Trump’s visit to Cape Girardeau on...

Posted by Cape Girardeau Police Department on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

U.S. Representative Jason Smith of Missouri told Heartland News that he has been working to bring President Trump to Southeast Missouri since Trump was elected into office.

Congressman Smith was looking forward to the visit, and knows supporters were too.

“We're disappointed, but he's the President of the United States,” said Congressman Jason Smith. “With the hurricane coming to the east coast that's why he had to cancel. But, you can bet I'm going to push for him to come back to Southeast Missouri. I've already put that request in."

Congressman Smith said he will continue to encourage the President to reschedule.

“It was great to see the overwhelming response,” said Congressman Smith. “Talking to the White House, the early RSVP’s were some of the fastest rates they’ve ever seen. So, that’s a good sign for his return to Southeast Missouri. We’ll continue to keep the red carpet out.”

President Trump rally canceled in Cape Girardeau, MO

According to President Donald J. Trump’s official website, the event would have been held at the Show Me Center at 6 p.m.

Trump’s campaign said he would rally supporters and urge them to replace Senator Claire McCaskill with Republican Josh Hawley, the state attorney general who has Trump’s endorsement.

Southeast Missouri State’s president commented on the visit before the cancellation.

“For over 140 years, Southeast Missouri State University has served as an institution where the free exchange of ideas enhances and contributes to the educational experience of our students and the broader community," said Vargas. "While the visit next week by President Donald Trump to the Show Me Center is not a University-sponsored event, it does underscore our commitment to supporting the principles of free speech. The exchange of ideas is critical to the University’s mission and is central in the University’s role in challenging students to extend their intellectual capacities and their desire to learn. With President Trump’s visit next week, the University and the greater Cape Girardeau community adds another to a growing roll of high level officials who have shared their ideas here, including President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gen. Colin Powell, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.”
Southeast Missouri University President Carlos Vargas

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