Trump hitting the road again, sets Alabama rally for Aug. 21

Former President Donald Trump will hold his next campaign-style rally in Alabama later this month, his political organization announced Monday.

Trump will travel to Cullman, located about halfway between Birmingham and Huntsville on Interstate 65, to deliver remarks on Aug. 21, according to Save America. The rally will take place on the same day the state Republican Party holds its summer meeting, also in Cullman.

The 45th president won Alabama by more than 25 percentage points in both the 2016 and 2020 elections. However, while Trump traveled to the Yellowhammer State in 2019 to take in the college football showdown between Alabama and LSU, he has not delivered a speech in the state since September of 2017.

On that occasion, Trump visited Huntsville to campaign for then-Sen. Luther Strange in the special election to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions, whom Trump had tapped to be his attorney general. Strange lost a primary runoff to controversial jurist Roy Moore, who was in turn defeated by Democrat Doug Jones amid allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore.

Trump had better luck with his next Alabama endorsement in 2020, as former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated the out-of-favor Sessions in a primary runoff before unseating Jones.

The former president has also endorsed firebrand Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) in next year’s Senate GOP primary to replace the retiring Richard Shelby.

Trump returned to the rally circuit this summer with events in Ohio and Florida, stoking speculation about a possible run to regain the White House in 2024.

AL.com reported last month that Trump was to hold a July 4 weekend rally at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. However, that plan fell through when members of the commission that oversees the park expressed concerns about the legality of hosting an event that could be considered “partisan.”

Trump eventually went ahead with a July 3 rally in Sarasota, Fla.

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