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Trump cancels campaign rally in North Carolina due to stormy weather

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

Trump, who had not yet arrived at the event, called by phone to announce the event was off when thunder and rain began darkening the outdoor gathering.

“It looks like there’s some thunder and lightning. It’s a pretty bad storm, so if you don’t mind, I think we should just do a rain check,” Trump said over the speakers.

After Trump’s announcement, there were loud groans and shouts of disappointment from the crowd before they quickly left.

It would be Trump’s first meeting since the start of his criminal trial in Manhattan.

Trump told the crowd he planned to move the event to a later date and promised a “rain check.”

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

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The event took place outdoors near the Wilmington airport. Although heavy rain had not yet begun at the time of the cancellation, lightning strikes became increasingly visible, fueling safety concerns.

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

The rally was planned as Trump’s second campaign event in North Carolina — a key swing state that is 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 falsification of business records. Prosecutors allege he falsified company records ahead of the 2016 election to conceal payments to adult firm star Stormy Daniels.

Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial and the trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

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This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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