forced to CANCEL North Carolina rally by thunderstorm, sending thousands ... trends now

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Trump forced to CANCEL North Carolina rally by thunderstorm, sending thousands ... trends now

Trump forced to CANCEL North Carolina rally by thunderstorm, sending thousands ... trends now

After a week stuck in court Donald Trump planned to cut loose in front of thousands of adoring fans in North Carolina on Saturday.

But severe thunderstorm warnings meant he had to cancel the rally in Wilmington at the last minute, sending thousands of disappointed supporters home as conditions became too dangerous.

Instead of railing for 90 minutes against New York prosecutors, election interference and Joe Biden, Trump delivered a one-minute audio message telling people to leave.

'It's a danger to all of us,' he said, in a message played through the sound system.

'They have asked people to leave the site and seek shelter.' 

Thousands of people had gathered to hear Donald Trump at his first rally since the 'hush money' trial began in New York on Monday. But it was postponed with minutes to spare

Thousands of people had gathered to hear Donald Trump at his first rally since the 'hush money' trial began in New York on Monday. But it was postponed with minutes to spare

Disappointed supporters made their way home but said that safety had to come first

Disappointed supporters made their way home but said that safety had to come first

 

 

He had been due to take the stage at 7pm for his first rally since the hush money trial started in New York.

But with skies darkening by the minute and the outdoor rally site dotted with cranes that would act as lightning magnets, the decision was taken to cancel.

Bursts of lightning could be seen in the distance. 

Trump said he was 'devastated' but he would be back soon. 

'We are just going to have to do a rain check,' he said as people began streaming for the exits. 'I'm so sad ... They are saying the weather is really, really getting bad.' 

The timing could not have been worse. He spent the week in courtroom 1530 of Manhattan criminal court like a caged beast, able only to vent his fury in short bursts at the injustice of it all.

On Saturday, he was set to cut loose in front of an adoring rally crowd.

The rally was intended to be his first since the start of his criminal 'hush money' trial in New York. 

And the venue was also a reminder of how the 2024 election will run through the southern swing state of North Carolina. Trump won the state by just 1.5 points over President Joe Biden last time around.

The scene earlier as supporters braved temperatures in the 80s

 The scene earlier as supporters braved temperatures in the 80s

But with less than half an hour to go before kick-off, Trump announced he was postponing

But with less than half an hour to go before kick-off, Trump announced he was postponing

Trump held a fundraising event in Charlotte earlier in the day, where aides said he raised $6 million. He said he was 'devastated' that he had to cancel

Trump held a fundraising event in Charlotte earlier in the day, where aides said he raised $6 million. He said he was

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