There are just three days left until the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University on Long Island. So what is Trump’s schedule like between now and then? When will his next rally be?
Trump currently has no events planned for Friday, September 23rd. His only speech currently scheduled between now and the debate will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time in Roanoke, Virginia.
This is a surprisingly sparse schedule for the Republican candidate, who in recent months has held a rally on just about every weekday. He is seemingly spending this extra time preparing for Monday’s debate, although the message being put out by the campaign is that Trump is not doing too as much preparation as his opponent. In fact, he has been criticizing Hillary Clinton in recent days for taking time off and having few rallies while she gets ready for the 26th.
Trump has also used Clinton’s absence to hammer home the idea that she does not have the stamina for the campaign due to health concerns.
“Where is Hillary today,” Trump asked at a rally in Philadelphia this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. “…Well, they say she’s practicing for the debate. Some people think she’s sleeping.”
The New York Times reports today that Trump is preparing by watching video of Clinton’s previous debate moments and analyzing her strengths and weaknesses. He has also reportedly not liked these preparations much and has been avoiding practicing answers as his aides have been suggesting.
Although Trump will hold a rally in Virginia on Saturday, Hillary Clinton is currently ahead in the polls in that state, beating him by six points in Real Clear Politics’ polling average. FiveThirtyEight currently forecasts that Clinton has a 76 percent chance of winning Virginia in November.
Next week, Donald Trump will hold a rally in Melbourne, Florida on Tuesday, and then Waukesha, Wisconsin on Wednesday. He will not have any debates on Monday, the day of the debate.