DENVER -- While he attended a debate in Boulder last year, Friday will mark Donald Trump’s first official campaign visit to Colorado.
He is scheduled to speak at the Western Conservative Summit at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Trump will then attend a fundraiser at former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan’s house for lunch.
“It does help to begin the healing process,” said Patrick Davis, the newly appointed state director for the Trump campaign.
“Donald Trump gives the people of Colorado hope that it can be better."
Trump’s audience will be more than 4,000. Steve Barlock paid $200 for his visit.
“It’s going to be a great day -- so happy,” said Barlock, who is an alternate delegate at the Republican National Convention.
The Denver Police Department is also stepping up efforts. Protests have been planned.
“We’ve developed an extensive security plan for this event and have taken into account issues that have occurred at similar events in other cities,” police spokesman Doug Schepman said.
Liberal groups have also planned morning protests throughout the city.
ProgressNow is organizing an event at Civic Center Park in which it will construct a “wall” to mock the GOP nominee.
“We’ve got 3 feet by 3-foot boxes so it’s going to be 30 feet wide and 9 feet tall,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow.
Top Democrats gathered on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday to highlight some of the problems with the Trump agenda.
“Donald Trump is always looking out for Donald Trump,” congressman Ed Perlmutter said.