What you need to know about Trump’s visit today

Photo by Troy R. Bennett

Photo by Troy R. Bennett

Where to watch

The BDN will be streaming the rally, which is scheduled to start at 3 pm, as well as running a live blog that will include updates from a team of reporters on the ground. You can get all that here.

Why he’s coming here again

I’ll turn to Mike Shepherd, whose story today lays out how demographics fit in with his visit:

Republican Donald Trump would have you think that his third visit to Maine is part of a bid to expand his party’s traditional electoral map in a state that has voted for Democrats in every presidential race since 1992.

But a harder look shows that it could be a sign of a shrinking map too reliant on older, white and working-class voters, which characterizes Maine’s electorate.

It’s a town hall? So can I ask questions?

It actually looks like the Trump campaign is no longer billing it as a town hall — which usually allows people in the audience to ask whatever questions they want. Of course, that’s all just semantics, since a recent last town hall event only allowed three questions, which weren’t especially hard-hitting.

How will this affect traffic?

The area around Merrill Auditorium will be a little messy, if you’re driving. Myrtle Street will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic besides wheelchairs until 5 p.m. There will no parking on the perimeter of Myrtle Street, including portions of Cumberland Avenue, Chestnut and Congress streets until 5 p.m.

City Hall will also close today at 3:30.

How crazy will this be?

Pretty crazy probably? There are couple of counter events scheduled — a “peaceful protest” at City Hill at noon from the Maine People’s Alliance, and a silent protest called Stand Up for Maine Values is slated for 2 p.m. in Monument Square. But if past Trump rallies are any indication, there are likely to be plenty of protestors.  

Who else is coming?

Gov. LePage will be there but many other top Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, will not. 

Dan MacLeod

About Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the editor of BDN Portland. He's an Orland native who first moved to Portland in 2002. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the New York Post and the Brooklyn Paper.