A hugely influential leader is coming to Washington to give the country a sermon about its future. Two weeks later, Pope Francis will be here too.
Donald Trump, perhaps the current spiritual head of the Republican Party, will hit Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal, which is currently being debated in both chambers of Congress. Trump will be joined by radio personality Glenn Beck, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz, in additional to other conservative leaders.
Trump’s speech comes as Congress begins debate on a measure to disapprove of President Obama’s deal with Iran—a resolution which already lacks sufficient support in the Senate, and likely in the House, to withstand a certain presidential veto. Although a majority of members in both chambers support the disapproval measure, just 41 are needed to filibuster a final vote on the measure in the Senate—votes that supporters secured Tuesday morning—while even fewer, just 34 in the Senate and 145 in the House, are needed to uphold a veto.
For Trump, Wednesday marks his greatest foray yet into congressional politics, and comes just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will begin a talkathon on the Senate floor in which members will be asked to remain in their seats and listen to their colleagues debate the measure.