Southaven is set to receive a Presidential visit next Tuesday evening.
Officials for the Trump campaign have announced that the President will make a stop for a rally at the Landers Center in Southaven on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
The “Make America Great Again” rally is the first visit to Southaven since Trump became president following the 2016 election and is the fourth time he has been in Mississippi since he first began his race for the White House in June 2015.
Trump's visit will mark only the second time a sitting U.S. President has visited DeSoto County. Former President George W. Bush visited DeSoto County on Nov. 1, 2003. Former President Bill Clinton visited Horn Lake after leaving office. First ladies Barbara Bush and more recently Laura Bush visited Southaven in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to meet with refugees who had moved inland, seeking shelter in Southaven.
For a sitting leader of the United States to come to DeSoto County, and Southaven in particular, is truly an honor, said Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite.
“I think it speaks well of Southaven and how we’ve evolved into, not just an economic player, but a major center of influence for the state of Mississippi and for the Southern region,” Musselwhite said.
The mayor said he had been made aware in the last 10 days of the President’s possible visit, adding security efforts will be coordinated with the Police Department working with the Secret Service.
“A lot of that stuff is kept confidential because of the Secret Service handling everything that deals with the President,” Musselwhite explained. “Our Southaven Police Department will be working with the Secret Service to make sure the President stays safe.”
During his Southaven stop, President Trump will touch on economic issues and its effect on Mississippi. He will also be speaking in support of Republican candidates to preserve party majorities in House and Senate in Washington.
“We are pleased to announce the next stop on our national midterm campaign tour with a Make America Great Again rally on Tuesday, October 2nd in Southaven, Mississippi,” said Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. “President Trump will update Mississippi patriots on the great success of his America First agenda that’s improving the lives of families across the Magnolia State. The President will also encourage Mississippians to get out and vote for Cindy Hyde-Smith in November.”
The rally will be open by general admission, however those wishing to attend must register for up to two tickets each through the website www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/ms-oct-2018.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.