UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. EDT — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked his famous catchphrase from "The Apprentice" while commenting on the Democratic National Convention email scandal Monday in Roanoke, Virginia. He said recently resigned chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was "highly overrated" and criticized her decision to favor Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the party's primary.
"She just got fired. They said, 'Debbie, you're fired. Get out, Debbie,'" Trump said. "She worked very, very hard to rig the system. Little did she know — China, Russia, one of our many, many friends, came in and hacked the hell out of us."
As the town hall went on Monday, Trump complained about the temperature in the room where he was speaking, labeled Clinton's running mate as "a weird little dude" and implied Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have destroyed his career by not endorsing Trump at last week's Republican National Convention. Trump also said Clinton should go by "Hillary Rotten Clinton," a play on her maiden name, Rodham.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have briefly dominated the political news cycle in Virginia when she selected Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate Friday, but Republican candidate Donald Trump is poised to take it back Monday in Roanoke.
Trump is scheduled to appear at a town hall at 3 p.m. EDT with his veep pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, according to his website. Doors opened at 1 p.m. for the event, which was due to take place at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
Watch a live stream of the town hall here or below:
The Old Dominion State will be worth 13 crucial electoral votes come November. It's considered a swing state: In 2008 and 2012, it went blue for Barack Obama, but in 2000 and 2004 it went red for George W. Bush. "Virginia is really more important for Republicans than even for Democrats," expert Bob Denton told the Roanoke Times. This fall, "it’s hard to see how a Republican can win without Virginia, quite frankly."
The GOP might have some trouble given that Clinton's vice presidential nominee, Kaine, has deep roots in the state. Kaine was mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001, governor of Virginia from 2006-2010 and has been a senator since 2013.
In the state's March Republican primary, Trump narrowly beat out former challenger Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., garnering 34.7 percent of the vote to Rubio's 31.9 percent. In general, Clinton is polling about five percentage points ahead of Trump in Virginia, according to RealClearPolitics.
Trump and Pence's Monday town hall follows a turbulent Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Party infighting dominated headlines last week, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, refusing to endorse Trump and Melania Trump lifting parts of her speech from one given by First Lady Michelle Obama.
However, since then, Democratic leaders have encountered their own problems. Vox reported hackers published thousands of emails sent by Democratic National Committee members that revealed party bigwigs favored Clinton over her rival, Bernie Sanders. Pundits have suggested the leak was orchestrated by the Russian government. Regardless, it caused DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign — right before the convention was set to start in Philadelphia.
Trump will almost certainly comment on the scandal. He's already started spinning the leak into a Clinton attack, writing on Twitter that "Crooked Hillary knew the fix was in" and bragging that "Putin likes me."