WAUKESHA, Wis. — Former President Donald Trump hosted a rally in Waukesha on Friday where he expressed his support for several Wisconsin candidates ahead of Tuesday's primary election.
Trump has endorsed republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels as well as Adam Steen, who is running against Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
He called both to the stage on Friday.
Trump was scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., but a spokesperson said weather delayed his flight. He arrived around 8:30 p.m.
A crowd of hundreds turned out to see Trump, and some had been waiting out in the sun for hours.
Earlier in the afternoon several speakers addressed the crowd, including 3rd congressional district candidate Derrick Van Orden, state Rep. Janel Brandtjen, and Michael Gableman, who is investigating the 2020 election in Wisconsin.
Steen and Michels also spoke. Michels outlined some of his priorities if elected—election integrity, reducing crime, school choice and reducing inflation.
Some people wanted to hear what Trump had to say about the candidates he endorsed before they vote on Tuesday.
"I'm interested if Trump brings something up to that would persuade me one way or another," said Connie Kurth.
"I want to see President Trump again, I hope he gets in again, and find out more about Michels," said Therese Miller.
Wisconsin democrats spoke out against Trump's event.
"Donald Trump being in Wisconsin today is a reminder of how extreme the Republican Party in Wisconsin has become and of the importance of winning in 2022," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement Friday.
A news release says Trump will also make remarks in support of "the entire Wisconsin Trump Ticket."
Here's a provide timeline for the rally:
Timeline of Events:
8:00AM – Parking and Line Opens
2:00PM – Doors Open and Entertainment Begins
4:00PM – Special Guest Speakers Deliver Remarks
7:00PM – 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks
"Tim Michels is the best candidate to deliver meaningful solutions to these problems, and he will produce jobs like no one else can even imagine," his statement at the time said in part.
Michels is considered to be a frontrunner in the Republican race for governor, alongside former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. State Rep. Tim Ramthun and former law enforcement officer Adam Fischer are also running to face off against Gov. Tony Evers.
Joan Ellis Beglinger is also running for Governor as an independent.
The fall primary election is Tuesday, August 9.