Donald Trump to speak in Michigan next month

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning a trip to Michigan next month to speak at an event sponsored by the Genesee and Saginaw county Republican parties.

Trump will be the keynote speaker at an Aug. 11 Lincoln Day event at the Birch Run Expo Center, said Amy Carl, chair of the Saginaw County Republican Party.

Tickets for the event will cost $25 and Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., Carl said.

“There is no dinner being planned at this time due to the anticipated volume of attendees,” Carl told The Detroit News.

Trump, an outspoken celebrity billionaire real estate tycoon, attracted at least 4,200 people at a rally in Phoenix last Saturday where he railed against federal immigration policies and accused Mexico of sending criminals into the United States.

Trump, who claimed this week he’s worth more than $10 billion, has resisted calls from fellow Republicans to tone down his vitriol about Hispanic immigrants.

The Birch Run Expo Center’s south hall has more than 2,000 stadium seats “plus additional floor space seating for staged events,” according to event center’s website.

Trump’s planned speech is the latest in a string of visits to Michigan by Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for president in 2016.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul made a two-day swing through Michigan last weekend, with stops in Highland Park, Shelby Township, Flint, DeWitt and Holland.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has not officially declared his White House campaign, is scheduled to make at least two public appearances July 25 in Michigan.

Oakland County Republicans are hosting Kasich for their first ever “Calvin Coolidge Breakfast” at the Southfield offices of the professional services firm Towers Watson, according to the Oakland County Republican Party.

Later that day, Kasich will be the keynote speaker at a Lincoln Day dinner the Ottawa County Republican Party is hosting in Grandville. The Ottawa County GOP is charging $75 for the fundraiser, according to a Facebook notice.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Michigan on Tuesday for a private fundraiser at the Grosse Pointe home of two of her supporters.

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