Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has rented out a movie theater in Urbandale, Iowa for free showings of the Michael Bay film 13 Hours, about the attack on the Benghazi compound in 2012.
“Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi,” the GOP presidential candidate’s Iowa co-chair Tana Goertz said Thursday night.
Trump will pay for the showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre at 86th Street and Hickman Road, Goertz said.
“The theater is paid for. The tickets are paid for. You just have to RSVP,” she said.
The movie depicts the terrorist raid on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. It reportedly makes no mention of Clinton, then the U.S. Secretary of State, but has again raised the topic of the Democratic presidential candidate’s role in the tragedy, three months after Republicans grilled her on her response to the attacks during an 11-hour congressional hearing in October.
Trump trails Ted Cruz in Iowa by three points, and is clearly looking for innovative ways to gain ground in the state.
While this is certainly an unusual campaign tactic, it's definitely an easy way for positive coverage in the weeks leading up to the Iowa Caucuses. Who doesn't like a free movie?