Donald Trump Immigration Event with Joe Arpaio Expects 5,000 Attendees

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Projected attendance for a Donald Trump immigration speech in Phoenix alongside Sheriff Joe Arpaio far exceeds the 2016 candidate’s expectations.


Donald Trump will be in Arizona on Saturday to give a speech about immigration with the state’s most high-profile—and controversial—sheriff, Joe Arpaio. But if you want tickets to the sold out event, “ya all might wanna camp out [at the ticket office],” according to one of Trump’s supporters in the Grand Canyon State.

Trump’s speech with America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” initially was going to be held at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. At the time, Trump’s campaign only expected about 1,000 people to attend the free event. Tickets, however, were gone within hours and organizers were forced to move the speech to a larger venue at the Phoenix Convention Center, where it again sold out almost immediately.

As of Friday morning, organizers expected 5,000 people to attend the event, with hundreds more on a waiting list hoping to get in. Demand for tickets is so great that they’re popping up on Craigslist, among other classified ad sites, where the going rate is $50.

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