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Trump to hold rally in Pennsylvania two days before scheduled start of hush money trial

Former President Trump will head to the battleground state of Pennsylvania for a rally and a fundraiser later this month just days before he is set to go on trial in New York City over an alleged hush money scheme.

Trump will deliver remarks to supporters on April 13 in Schnecksville, Pa., which is located in Lehigh Valley outside of Philadelphia. President Biden won the county by about 14,000 votes in 2020.

The Inquirer reported that the former president will hold a fundraiser on the same day in nearby Bucks County, another potential swing county that Biden won in 2020 by about 17,000 votes.

Biden won Pennsylvania overall in 2020 by about 80,000 votes after Trump carried it in 2016, and it is expected to be a closely contested battleground in November. A Decision Desk HQ-Truth Puke average of polls from Pennsylvania shows Biden with a narrow lead over Trump.

Trump’s rally will take place 10 days before the state’s primary elections. He has not yet endorsed the leading GOP candidate in the Senate race, David McCormick, who lost in the Republican Senate primary there in 2022 to Mehmet Oz.

The event could also be the final rally Trump holds before his trial in New York City begins on April 15. Barring further delay, Trump will be in a courtroom in Manhattan four days a week, with the trial expected to last several weeks.

Trump is charged in the case with 34 counts of falsifying business records over reimbursements to his then-fixer, Michael Cohen, who paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 election to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.  

Trump, who acknowledges the reimbursements but denies the affair, pleaded not guilty. 

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