This should be interesting…
Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and top conservative leaders will rally at the Capitol on Wednesday in a show of force against the Iran nuclear deal.
The star-studded conservative rally on the Capitol’s West Lawn is sure to galvanize opponents of the pact, which President Obama is on the verge of enacting after securing support from congressional Democrats.
“The message, I think, from many of the speakers will be that this deal funds and arms the Nazi Germany of today,” said Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, a pro-Israel group that is co-sponsoring the rally along with the Tea Party Patriots and other organizations.
“We’re going to be urging those [supporters of the deal] to rethink their position and try to make them recognize the future blood of innocent civilians who will be massacred because of this deal will be on their hands,” Klein added. “Many of us will say it that bluntly.”
The rally will serve as a contrast to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is slated to deliver a speech in support of the Iran nuclear agreement earlier in the day.
The competing events come on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that 41 Senate Democrats will vote to back the nuclear deal, giving the White House enough votes to filibuster a resolution aimed at killing the accord.
At the left-leaning Brookings Institution in the morning, Clinton — who has already endorsed the nuclear agreement — is likely to take credit for helping push Iran to the negotiating table during her time as secretary of State.
“Clinton will make the case that this deal — combined with vigorous enforcement and a comprehensive regional strategy for countering Iran — is the best and most effective way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” her campaign said.
“She will argue that it deserves Congress’ support.”
Participants in the conservative rally, meanwhile, are expected to heap criticism on congressional Democrats and accuse them of trying to stifle debate on the deal.
“We’re going to try to change minds, because now they have 41 Senate votes, which means they can filibuster this and not even allow a vote,” Klein said.
“If he thinks this deal is so wonderful, why is President Obama afraid of
Klein said multiple Democratic lawmakers were approached about attending the rally, with those invitations either declined or unanswered.
Among the other prominent conservatives on hand Wednesday will be former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, commentator Glenn Beck, 2016 presidential candidate and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) and radio host Mark Levin. A handful of hawkish Republican lawmakers will also appear, including Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Louie Gohmert (Texas) and Mike Pompeo (Kan.).
But it’s the appearance of Trump, the insurgent leader in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, that is likely to draw the most attention.