The Trump Visit: Returning to a state he needs in November
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
President Donald Trump arrives in Las Vegas Saturday for a five-hour visit that will be his third here since he was elected.
Overshadowing his trip is the immigration crisis that exploded this week, which forced the president to stop separating immigrant families crossing the border.
At the Suncoast, where the president will speak first, Republican Roger Edwards will not be surprised if the president brings it up when he addresses the Nevada GOP Convention.
“I can't imagine him not talking about immigration because he's trying to do what the people want. He's trying to do what he promised us he would do,” he said.
The policy is called "zero tolerance" which means all border crossing adults will get arrested while their kids get sent to shelters. It's big with his base.
“Like the hordes that are challenging all the countries in Europe right now, we’re being challenged at our Southern Border, and it will destroy America eventually," said Edwards.
Talk like that is poison to Trump opponents.
At the Las Vegas office of the ACLU, progressives were busy phone calling and sign painting. A collection of progressive groups plans to protest the Trump visit outside the Suncoast, Saturday morning.
“I’m hoping a lot of people go out and protest tomorrow. I think it’s important that our community be there,” says activist Astrid Silva. “The most important thing that I would like the president to do is to unify the families that have already been separated.”
At the ACLU, I met 11-year-old Patrick Thompson, who was painting a sign with his mother. The message, I asked him?
“Let the refugees in together,” the boy told me.
“The idea that we have to have zero tolerance, trying to let no one in, is not practical,” said Patrick’s mom, Karen Pettit.
Trump arrives with some of the highest approval ratings of his presidency, partly due to a tax cut he signed in December giving Americans more money to spend.
At the Southpoint, where Trump will finish his day, he'll hold a roundtable on tax reform. The Southpoint is one of the businesses that gave workers bonuses because tax rates got cut.
Trump also jumps into Nevada’s US Senate race, rewarding Senator Dean Heller’s allegiance with a fundraiser before he speaks at the Suncoast.
Heller is considered the most endangered GOP incumbent up for reelection, fighting for a second term in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
In the meantime, for Trump, Nevada looms large, says Republican Danny Tarkanian, who’s running for Congress in Congressional District 3.
“It shows he really cares what's happening here and he should care because this state, and we here in Nevada can determine who, which party controls Congress, which party controls the Senate,” Tarkanian says.
A busy Saturday, with no doubt, more visits to come.