Trump to Hold Rally in Illinois as GOP Lawmakers Face Off in New District

Former President Donald Trump will headline a rally in central Illinois next weekend to help drum up support for his candidate in a GOP House race where two incumbent Republicans are locked in a showdown, thanks to redistricting.

Ahead of June 28's primary, Trump's "Save America" rally is scheduled for June 25 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, Illinois. Parking will be available starting at 8 a.m., with doors opening and the entertainment beginning at 2 p.m. Speakers will begin taking the stage at 4 p.m., and Trump will deliver his remarks at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available on Trump's official website, but only two tickets can be reserved per mobile phone number. The event will be livestreamed on Right Side Broadcasting Network's YouTube channel.

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Former President Donald Trump will stump for freshman Representative Mary Miller in Illinois on June 25, ahead of June 28's primary. Above, Trump speaks to supporters during a May 1 rally in Greenwood, Nebraska. Scott Olson/Getty

Trump has endorsed freshman Representative Mary Miller in one of six rare incumbent-versus-incumbent House races this year. The Illinois congresswoman is facing off against Representative Rodney Davis after they were both placed in the 15th Congressional District that was newly created by Democratic state lawmakers.

The two incumbents had battled for Trump's support. Miller centered her campaign on her allegiance to the former president. For his part, Davis, who served as the co-chair of Trump's 2020 Illinois campaign, said, "I'm proud of my conservative record of working with Trump when he was in office, and I won't shy away from it."

The coveted endorsement ultimately went to Miller, who, unlike Davis, objected to the congressional certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Davis also seems to have drawn Trump's ire for proposing a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack, which failed to win support in the House.

After House Democrats created a select committee on the 2021 riot and offered Davis a seat, he declined and has since been highly critical of the panel's investigation. But his tone did little to deter his primary opponent from attacking him as a RINO, or Republican in Name Only.

"I'm honored President Trump is coming to the Quincy area to hold a rally after endorsing me over RINO Rodney Davis, who stabbed President Trump in the back by voting for the sham January 6th Commission," Miller said in a statement. "Downstate Illinois misses President Trump's strong America First leadership, which delivered secure borders, a booming economy and energy independence."

She added, "I am Illinois' conservative, America First voice in Congress, unlike RINO Rodney Davis who supports red flag gun confiscation and amnesty for illegal immigrants." Miller has also been endorsed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the Conservative Political Action Coalition.

Earlier this month, Davis defended his conservatism to the Illinois Times, touting his anti-abortion position and support for Second Amendment gun rights.

In January, his campaign released a statement saying, "All Mary Miller has to show for her time in Congress is quoting Hitler and voting with Democrats like [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and the far left squad to defund our military and block a pay raise for our troops. That's shameful. It's clear that Mary Miller is all talk, no action."

While he did not win Trump's backing, Davis has been endorsed by the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police and the Illinois AFL-CIO.