Trump campaign postpones New Hampshire rally due to tropical storm
President Donald Trump’s campaign decided to postpone their campaign rally scheduled for this past Saturday in New Hampshire due to the expected bad weather from Tropical Storm Fay.
“The rally scheduled for Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed for safety reasons because of Tropical Storm Fay. It will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced soon,” said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director.
This would have been Trump’s second rally during the coronavirus pandemic and was going to be held outdoors at a local airport.
“With Tropical Storm Fay heading towards the Great State of New Hampshire this weekend, we are forced to reschedule our Portsmouth, New Hampshire Rally at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. Stay safe, we will be there soon,” Trump tweeted.
The Trump reelection campaign had said last Thursday that Air Force One, the powerful presidential airplane, was going to be the backdrop for the president’s rally. The campaign was using this rally as a test for future events involving the iconic plane.
Some GOP strategists say that the weather was just good timing and that the campaign needed an excuse to pull the plug on the event because of a lack of interest. The campaign had been struggling to overcome the bad press from its previous event in Tulsa, OK.
“It’s the perfect timing. The weather may have been dissuading people to attend, but many weren’t coming to begin with because of the virus,” a GOP strategist told NBC news.
Democrats had also been attempting to embarrass the president by reserving tickets to the rally with no intention of attending.
“BREAKING: Thanks to thousands of people who ordered tickets for Trump’s MAGA rally in New Hampshire with no plans to attend, the Trump campaign has cancelled [sic] the event. They didn’t want an embarrassing repeat of Trump’s failed Tulsa rally. #TrumpRallyFail,” tweeted long-time Democrat operative Jon Cooper.
Prior to the event being canceled, Trump joined a New Hampshire local radio station to promote it. He told listeners that he was expecting a big crowd.
“We’re going to have a big crowd and we’re going to have a great crowd,” Trump said. “One of the things that we obviously take away from Tulsa is that people can now look at these rallies and watch them through different platforms. And there will be many who want to come out and be a part of that energy.”
The Trump campaign has continued to push back on claims that the president failed to draw a big enough crowd in Tulsa, noting that the event attracted more than 4 million viewers online. Between the personal crowd, those watching online and those watching on Fox News, the campaign believes that 22 million people joined in on the Tulsa rally.
The campaign says that the rally will likely be postponed for a week or two and that the president is excited to get back to New Hampshire.
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