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Trump cancels campaign rally in North Carolina due to stormy weather

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump canceled his North Carolina rally at the last minute Saturday night, citing stormy weather as the cause.

Trump, who had not yet arrived at the event, called by phone to announce that the event was over as thunder and rain began to darken the outdoor gathering.

“It appears to be thunder and lightning. It’s a pretty big storm, so if that doesn’t bother you, I think we’re just going to have to do a rain test,” Trump said over the loudspeaker system. speakers.

After Trump’s announcement, loud groans and cries of disappointment were heard from the crowd before he quickly left.

It would be Trump’s first rally since his criminal trial began in Manhattan.

Trump told the crowd he planned to postpone the event to a later date, promising “delayed rain.”

“What we will do is make up for it very quickly at another time, but we will do it as quickly as we can,” Trump said. “I’m so sad. I’m in North Carolina right now.”

The event was held outdoors near the Wilmington Airport. Although the heavy rains had not yet started at the time of the cancellation, the lightning became increasingly visible, fueling safety concerns.

“We want to keep everyone safe. That’s the most important thing. We want everyone to be 100 percent safe,” Trump said.

The rally was scheduled to be Trump’s second campaign event in North Carolina – a key state crucial to both Trump and Biden’s path to victory. Trump narrowly carried the state in 2020, by a margin of less than 1.5%.

Trump was in court most of the week for jury selection in his criminal trial, where he is charged with 34 counts of first-degree falsifying business records. Prosecutors allege he falsified business records before the 2016 election to hide payments to Adult Practice star Stormy Daniels.

Opening statements will begin Monday and the trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

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