The Trump train is on the move again, and the next stop is Nashville.
According to Fox News, President Donald Trump will be hosting another of his campaign-style rallies in Tennessee’s largest metropolitan area. The rally was set to take place Wednesday evening at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
While the theme of the rally hadn’t been announced, Tennessee news outlets were reporting that the president would focus on pushing the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare.
When asked about that possibility on Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment and referred reporters to the campaign website. However, WTVF-TV reported that at least one political analyst, Pat Nolan, believed the replacement plan will take “center stage.”
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The legislation has run into opposition from both the left and the right, with the conservative House Freedom Caucus coming out squarely against it.
“We are united on repeal but divided on replacement,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said at a news conference hosted by the Freedom Caucus, according to Fox News. “Conservatives have a replacement plan.”
Paul was referring to a “clean repeal” bill that he planned to introduce with Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. The implication was that Paul and Sanford’s bills would diverge more significantly from Obamacare than the current proposal crafted by House Republicans and supported by the White House.
There’s perhaps another reason for Trump’s choice of venue and date: March 15 will be the 250th anniversary of the birth of President Andrew Jackson, a Tennessean often cited as the closest analog to the populist President Trump.
In fact, the president has hung a portrait of Jackson — a vehemently anti-establishment candidate whose 1828 election was a reaction against a political class perceived to be corrupt and distant — in the Oval Office.
Trump was also expected to visit The Hermitage, Jackson’s plantation in Nashville, although details had yet to be announced.
The Nashville rally will be the second major campaign-style event held by the president since he was inaugurated. The first, held in Florida, drew thousands of people to Orlando-Melbourne Airport in February.
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