Wild Rumors Around Trump’s Announcement Tuesday

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Update: January 19, 2016-11:40 A.M. CST The New Rumor Is That Sarah Palin Will Endorse Trump

Speculation Includes An Endorsement By Iowa Governor Terry Branstad And Possible Announcement Of Branstad Being Named Trump’s VP Candidate.

Donald Trump has posted on Facebook that there will be a major announcement in Ames tomorrow.

Join me on Tuesday, January 19th at the Iowa State University Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa! I will have a major announcement and a very special guest in attendance. You will not want to miss this rally!

A lot of speculation has been occurring on social media.  Radio host Steve Deace posts that sources tell him it is an endorsement from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.  He later on posted that sources tell him that the endorsement may not happen.

Now that possibility wasn’t enough for some people on Facebook and Twitter that are speculating that Governor Branstad will endorse Trump.  Sounds crazy for someone who predicted Trump would not be the nominee just a month ago right?

  • Donald Trump’s son decided to take part in Branstad’s annual deer hunt.  Reporter Rebecca Berg posted the photo on the left to her Twitter page on January 10th.  Notice the Trump “Make America Great Again” hat worn by Branstad. CYX74CxWMAAdbP9
  • Last August, Governor Branstad told the Des Moines Register that he would not rule out running as Vice-President.
  • Branstad has been viciously attacking Senator Ted Cruz who is, along with Trump, leading the nomination.  Some believe that if Cruz wins Iowa, Branstad’s threats against candidates who don’t support the ethanol mandate largely goes away.  Branstad cannot afford Cruz to win Iowa.

While an endorsement from Branstad or Branstad agreeing to be the Vice-Presidential candidate under Trump appears to be unverified rumors that are not all that credible, it is fun to think about.  It would make Trump winning Iowa very likely and would likely stop Cruz which has been what Governor Branstad has been trying to do for the past month.

Tomorrow we will know for sure what Trump’s announcement is.  If somehow true, which I very much doubt, and this article by the Iowa Free Press reported the possibility first, I expect to be on national TV talking about it.  It all sounds very crazy, but that is the Internet for you.

Photo Credit: By Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons