Bird tells Trump cold won’t stop his supporters from caucusing

Former President Donald Trump and Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on Saturday, Jan. 14. Screenshot

By Ty Rushing

January 13, 2024

Former president Donald Trump wants his supporters to turn out in droves on caucus night and he reiterated that message during a Saturday event at the Hotel Fort Des Moines moderated by Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.

Monday’s caucus is expected to have the lowest temperature on record.

“I worry about that but, at the same time, I’m watching the newcast today—they’re saying the Trump voters has so much more spirit, dedication,” Trump said. “They say they’ll walk over glass—the Trump voter is coming to vote.”

Bird, who endorsed Trump in the fall, said she didn’t think weather would stop his supporters from showing up either.

“You can tell the Trump voter is coming to vote. I mean look at all the enthusiasm in this room, and it’s all over the state,” she said. “We’re used to it being cold, dark, and snowy in January, but we also remember what it was like when you were president and people are on fire. 

“They are going to make it happen on caucus night. They are not going to stay in their warm house, they are going to go and they are going to caucus for you, President Trump,” Bird continued.

A new Des Moines Register poll that dropped about an hour after Trump’s event showed that he remains the frontrunner in the Iowa Republican Caucus and by a wide margin. It also showed that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is in second place while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has fallen to third. 

“You have a big lead, but you need them to be there for you to send that big message to [President Joe] Biden and to the whole country that sometimes the road to the White House starts in Iowa and this time it ends in Iowa.” Bird said.

  • Ty Rushing

    Ty Rushing is the Chief Political Correspondent for Iowa Starting Line. He is a trail-blazing veteran Iowa journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and co-founder and president of the Iowa Association of Black Journalists. Send tips or story ideas to [email protected] and find him on social media @Rushthewriter.

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