GOP Chair Frank Eathorne To Be Keynote Speaker At Trump Rally

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne will be one of the keynote speakers at Saturday’s “Save America Rally” in Casper featuring former President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Trump and his son told a Wyoming radio host they were excited about visiting Casper.

“I’ll be there very soon and I look forward to that,” the former president told “Wake Up Wyoming” host Glenn Woods.

“I have a lot of friends there, we’re going to have a big one,” said Donald Trump Jr.

Eathorne, who did not deny reports he would speak, has been chairman of the party since 2019. He has been lately been criticized by a number of Republican Party members, who accused him of causing divisions and promoting intimidation within the GOP. His supporters, meanwhile, have rallied around him, describing him as a “patriot” and “not a politician.”

A recent WyoFile and Casper Star Tribune story documented a history of marital infidelity.

The State GOP issued a scathing response to the story, reiterating its support for Eathorne and belief in unity within the party.

“The vast majority of the Wyoming Republican Party stands united against the politics of personal destruction,” the statement said. “Tabloid-style journalism won’t cut it with Wyoming people. Tearing down others has always been the tactic of the Democrats and the weak in attempts to elevate themselves. We stand firm and united on principles of integrity, redemption, and personal accountability.”

Harriet Hageman, a challenger to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, is one of the headlining speakers at the event. 

Also speaking at the event will be Marti Halverson, a former state legislator who was one of the three finalists chosen by the State GOP to be appointed state superintendent of public instruction in January. Halverson was not chosen by Gov. Mark Gordon for the role and is not running for the position this fall.

“Of course I’m excited,” Halverson said of being given the opportunity to speak.

Another opening speaker will be David Iverson, host of the Cowboy State Politics podcast. Iverson, a self-described “illustrious host,” said on his show he’ll be making a big announcement during his speech.

On Wednesday afternoon Casper Police put out an event schedule saying that speakers will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday with Trump taking the stage in the parking lot of the Ford Wyoming Center at 4 p.m.

An event map reveals there will be a “45 Fest” on the event grounds. Such events have been associated with Trump rallies in the past. 

Parking for the event will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, but doors for attendees won’t open until 11 a.m.

A long list of items are prohibited from the rally, including alcohol, drones, firearms, laser pointers and umbrellas.

The State GOP is hosting a private fundraiser for the party on Friday night before the rally. The party will be hosting a $20 per-person screening of “2000 Mules” at the Rialto Theater. 

The documentary alleges that Democrat-aligned “mules” were paid by unnamed nonprofit organizations to illegally collect and deposit ballots into drop boxes in all of the states where Trump contested election results from the 2020 presidential election.

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