Former President Donald Trump is set to attend the South Carolina vs. Clemson college football game at Williams-Brice Stadium, marking a high-profile appearance at the Palmetto Bowl.

In a notable development, former President Donald Trump has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming Palmetto Bowl, the rivalry game between South Carolina and Clemson set to take place at Williams-Brice Stadium. While there has been no official announcement from the university or Trump’s campaign, Columbia’s NBC affiliate station WIS reported the news, citing confirmation from the national network. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Trump supporter, expressed his willingness to welcome the former president to the game.

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Although Trump has no official ties to either university or their football programs, his presence at college football events is not unprecedented. Notably, the Clemson Tigers visited the White House twice during Trump’s term after securing victories in the College Football Playoff national championship in 2016 and 2018.

This visit is particularly significant as Trump remains a front-runner in the 2024 Republican primary field, despite facing federal criminal charges. South Carolina will host its Republican primary on Feb. 24, with Trump polling at an average of 49% among Republican primary voters in the state.

The Palmetto Bowl, scheduled for November 25, is the marquee annual sporting event in South Carolina, showcasing the enduring rivalry between the Clemson Tigers and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. The sold-out capacity at Williams-Brice Stadium exceeds 77,500, making it one of the most populated venues in the state.

This will be Trump’s fifth visit to South Carolina since launching his 2024 White House bid. The specifics of his movements on game day remain unclear, with only the kickoff time listed in the obtained timeline of events.

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Trump’s appearance at the Palmetto Bowl has stirred speculation, with some considering it a strategic move ahead of the state’s Republican presidential primary. As of now, Trump leads the GOP nomination race in South Carolina, enjoying a significant lead over other potential candidates.