Donald Trump Fredericksburg rally slated for Saturday

Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 15:22:05-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally in Fredericksburg Saturday afternoon.

Doors at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center will open for the event at 3 p.m. The event will begin at 6 p.m., according to a schedule of events on Trump’s website.

Participants must register for the free tickets in advance. Additionally, tickets are limited to two per cell phone number.

Trump last campaigned in Commonwealth in Ashburn in early August and held a town hall in Roanoke in late July.

The Trump campaign underwent a major shake-up, it was reported Wednesday, bumping up senior adviser and pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and hiring Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and a former investment banker. The moves appear to sideline campaign chairman Paul Manafort who previously had been heading campaign leadership.

Trump’s campaign overhaul comes as he tries to stem the tide of statewide and national polls that have shown Clinton with leads in many battleground states. In fact, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Hillary Clinton with a 12-point lead over Trump in Virginia. (Clinton 50, Trump 38)

Bannon, a frequent adviser to Trump, is known for his brass-knuckled demeanor and his website’s sharp tone.

While Republicans close to Trump argued that the move was not a shake-up and that the campaign remained on course, top aides inside the Clinton campaign viewed the move as a departure from the more scripted Trump that many establishment Republicans were hoping to see in recent months.

“Donald Trump has decided to double down on his most small, nasty and divisive instincts by turning his campaign over to someone who is best known for running a so called news sites that peddles divisive, at times, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-semitic, conspiracy theories,” Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, said Wednesday.