Donald Trump attending South Carolina-Clemson game Saturday

 November 25, 2023

Spectators at this weekend's Clemson-South Carolina football game are in for a surprise: President Donald Trump will be in attendance.

Trump's campaign officially confirmed that he will be at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night for the Palmetto Bowl, the marquee event in the famous rivalry between the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Trump to attend Clemson

Trump is popular in South Carolina, where he defeated Biden by 12 points in 2020.

Of course, South Carolina is an early primary state. As is customary, the state's February 24 Republican primary will follow the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses. Democrats moved South Carolina to first place in their primary calendar to please Joe Biden.

The state's former governor Nikki Haley (R) is among a handful of candidates still challenging Trump in the 2024 Republican primary. She has been up in the polls, although still double digits behind Trump, the indisputable frontrunner.

A recent poll found Trump dominating with 52% of primary voters in the state, with Haley coming in at a distant second at 17%.

Trump will be welcomed Saturday by Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Lindsey Graham, both supporters of Trump's.

The governor said he looks forward to joining Trump to “show him first-hand the passion and tradition that makes this rivalry the greatest in college football.”

Trump surges with youth

Famous for working crowds at sporting events and rallies, Trump can expect to meet an enthusiastic response on Saturday.

Trump's spokesperson Steven Cheung said Trump "is excited to join Governor McMaster and so many from across the state to take in this wonderful game."

This comes after Trump attended the Iowa State-University of Iowa game in September. Trump stopped by a frat house before kickoff to rapturous applause.

“I guess the youth likes Trump,” he said.

Recent polls show that Trump is surging with young people, cutting into a traditionally left-leaning voting bloc that supported Biden in 2020.

This won't be Trump's first time crossing paths with Clemson. Back in 2019, Trump famously treated the national champions to a banquet of fast food at the White House.

"I had a choice," Trump said at the time. "Do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown? Or do I go out ... do I go out and send out for about 1,000 hamburgers, Big Macs?"

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