Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Fletcher, North Carolina this afternoon.
Trump’s event will take place at the WNC Agricultural Center’s Davis Event Center beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
This is Trump’s second rally since the final presidential debate on Wednesday. During that event, the Republican candidate drew criticism for refusing to say that he’ll definitely accept the result of the election. He said that he’ll “keep you in suspense” and that he’ll examine the result at the time to decide if he’ll concede or not. During a rally the following day, Trump, rather than immediately clarifying his position, made a joke of the situation.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make a major announcement today…I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win,” Trump said.
He finally went on to say that he would accept a “clear election result.” But he did not specify what his definition of “clear” would be, and in addition to complaining of potential voter fraud, Trump has cited unfair media coverage of his campaign as a reason he might not concede the race. Therefore, he has given himself room to not actually give a concession speech on November 8th, even if Hillary Clinton wins decisively.
During Donald Trump’s Fletcher rally today, it would not be surprising to hear him bring up last night’s Al Smith dinner in New York. This is a charity event traditionally meant to bring presidential candidates together as they share food and deliver funny monologues, but this year, both Trump and Clinton’s jokes were incredibly mean-spirited and drew boos from the crowd. Some of Clinton’s remarks seemed practically designed to get under Trump’s skin and to provoke a Twitter rant, such as when she implied that he isn’t really a billionaire or when she said he translates his speeches from Russian.
At this point in the election, North Carolina is one of three key states for Donald Trump, in addition to Florida and Ohio. But unfortunately for Trump, Hillary Clinton is currently ahead in North Carolina, beating Trump by 2.8 points in Real Clear Politics’ polling average. She’s ahead in Florida, too, although Trump still maintains a slight lead in Ohio. Without Florida and North Carolina in his corner, though, it’s difficult to see a way that Donald Trump becomes president.