Both presidential candidates had campaign events scheduled in North Carolina Tuesday, but only one of them actually made it to their event.
At High Point University, Trump spoke for about 30 minutes to a crowd of 2,000 people — mostly students. Later in the day, he held a rally in Kenansville, NC — a town with fewer than 900 residents. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people were expected to attend that rally in Duplin County. According to WNCT, nearly 10,000 people poured into the tiny town to hear Trump speak at an event center that holds only 6,000 people. Those who made it in say they were not disappointed.
“He’s sincere about making America great,” says Trump supporter Freddie Stancil. “That’s what he means. He’s coming down here to the root of these people who work hard.”
A sentiment we continually heard throughout the day from Eastern North Carolina residents is they appreciate Trump stumping in Duplin County, an area that is often overlooked when plotting stops on the campaign trail.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2016
Hillary meanwhile, had planned a private fundraiser at a home in Chapel Hill, where well-heeled donors were asked to pay up to $100,000 for the pleasure of having lunch with her. Clinton campaign officials canceled the fundraiser Monday afternoon — no reason given.
The Clinton event was billed as “lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and had four donation levels to attend.
Those contribution levels were described as $100,000, which featured “chair reception with Hillary,” $33,000, which included a “host reception with Hillary,” $5,000, which included “preferred seating” and $2,700.
Since her staff gave no reason for the cancellation, it is probably safe to assume that Hillary was simply not feeling up to it.
Her absence from the campaign trail did not escape Trump’s notice:
Hillary Clinton is taking the day off again, she needs the rest. Sleep well Hillary – see you at the debate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2016