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Aug. 2, 2016

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Trump backs out of Plattsburgh appearance!


uupdate 8-2-16

The Donald is in a tizzy over Plattsburgh.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled an Aug. 4 appearance in Plattsburgh—just hours after signing a contract to speak at the Crete Memorial Civic Center. The Trump campaign blamed a scheduling conflict for the cancellation; no future dates have been scheduled, according to media reports.

Trump’s 11th hour decision caused UUP and North Country labor organizations to cancel their Aug. 4 rally in opposition to the candidate’s Plattsburgh appearance.

UUP President Fred Kowal chuckled at Trump’s erratic, bumbling campaign and said he wasn't the least bit surprised that Trump bailed.

“This cancellation is not surprising given the chaos swirling in Trump’s world,” Kowal said. “Now it’s time to get to work. “We must do all we can to campaign for Hillary Clinton, the union-endorsed candidate, so we can defeat Trump in November.”

Two busloads of UUP members from Central New York, the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley were set to head north to take part in the anti-Trump rally. Hundreds of people from across the state were expected to attend the noon event in Trinity Park.

"I'm not unhappy," said UUP Plattsburgh Chapter member Patty Bentley, one of the rally organizers, told the Plattsburgh Press Republican newspaper. “This will give us a little more time to plan some events for later in the campaign."

Trump’s Plattsburgh cancellation comes hours after calling Clinton "the devil" and claiming that the general election is going to be rigged. Clinton’s campaign branded Trump’s remark about the election “pathetic” and “dangerous.”

Days before, Trump insulted a Gold Star mother, Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004. Trump criticized Khan, a Muslim-American, for standing silently next to her husband as he spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

A growing list of high-profile Republicans, including Sen. John McCain—a war hero and former GOP presidential candidate—has castigated Trump for his statements.

"I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement,” McCain said Aug. 1. “I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”


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