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Live blog: President Trump visits North Texas today

This story will be updated throughout the day during President Trump’s visit.

7:40 p.m.

President Trump has taken the stage at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Read more here about his speech: Trump touts economy, rips Democrats at Dallas rally as he vows to keep Texas red in ’20

Read more here about Beto O’Rourke’s counter rally in Grand Prairie: Standing against fear, O’Rourke talks officer shootings, climate change, racism

7:32 p.m.:

Read here about President Trump’s visit to Johnson County: ‘They like me in Texas.’

7 p.m.

President Trump has arrived at the American Airlines Center in Dallas for his Keep America Great campaign rally.

6:30 p.m.

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Fans await President Donald Trump at the Americans Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday. Yffy Yossifor yyossifor@star-telegram.com

5:30 p.m.

5 p.m.

President Trump is touring the Louis Vuitton workshop in Johnson County and speaking with employees.

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President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton plant near Keene on Thursday. Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram

Several dozen people lined U.S. 67 in Johnson County on Thursday afternoon to protest the appearance by President Trump, who is visiting the new Louis Vuitton workshop that was built on a nearby ranch. Around the same area, a group of Trump’s supporters also gathered.

Meanwhile, the doors of American Airlines Center in Dallas have opened and the crowd has started to go inside for the campaign rally scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Outside the American Airlines Center, Democratic politicians representing Dallas and Tarrant County voters set up a podium in a parking lot just a few blocks away from where thousands had already gathered to attend a the rally for President Trump. The Democrats told reporters that Trump was a liar who came to con voters just one more time.

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Republicans and Democrats both say Trump picked Texas to visit today for a reason.

“Texas is the biggest battleground state,” Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Trump knows he is vulnerable.

“We know victory is in our grasp,” he said. “We know that once Texas goes blue, the White House will follow. We are changing this state and country so everyone has a fair shot to get ahead.”

Republicans disagree and say Trump’s visit will rally the Texas base.

“With 38 electoral votes at stake, the saying, ‘As goes Texas, so goes the nation’ becomes even more relevant every presidential election,” Texas Republican Party Chair James Dickey said in a statement. “We are working hard to win the races we must in the coming election cycle.

“The president and his team are helping ensure we have the resources we need to win in Texas in 2020.”

2:10 p.m.:

President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrived in downtown Fort Worth for a private fundraiser. About 100 people were outside waiting for him.

Fourth and Commerce streets were blocked off for the motorcade.

2 p.m.

1 p.m.:

Air Force One has landed at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

President Donald Trump is expected to attend a high-dollar fundraiser in Fort Worth before heading to a Louis Vuitton workshop, where employees make leather goods and handbags.

He will visit the Louis Vuitton factory in Johnson County this afternoon before heading to Dallas for a 7 p.m. rally.

Hundreds of people have already lined up outside American Airlines Center in Dallas for the Keep America Great Trump campaign rally.

And about 10:30 this morning Trump supporters were already are out showing support about 1/4 a mile from where the president will be in Johnson County this afternoon.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will also hold a counter rally at The Theatre in Grand Prairie. Doors open there at 6 p.m.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.
Gordon Dickson joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1997. He is passionate about hard news reporting, and his beats include transportation, growth, urban planning, aviation, real estate, jobs, business trends. He is originally from El Paso, and loves food, soccer and long drives.
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