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Trump Books Event In Burlington Jan. 7

Rogelio V. Solis
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, seen here Jan. 2 at a campaign stop in Mississippi, will be swinging through Vermont on Thursday for a campaign event in Burlington.

Donald Trump campaigning in Bernie Sanders' backyard? The Trump campaign has reserved the Flynn Theater in Burlington Thursday evening Jan. 7 for a free event, Flynn executive director John Killacky confirmed.

The campaign contacted the Flynn Wednesday about booking the space. Killacky said the theater will charge its normal $3,300 facility rental fee for a Thursday night event on the main stage. “We don’t endorse views of any particular candidate. We welcome the discourse,” Killacky said.

Access to the 7 p.m. event is being handled by Eventbrite. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Trump also plans to campaign in Claremont, N.H. Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Valley News reports.

The Vermont Republican Party said it did not know of the event in advance.

"We learned late today through media reports that Donald Trump will be making a brief campaign stop in Vermont  The Vermont Republican Party did not invite Mr. Trump and has no role in his event," said Jeff Bartley, the party's executive director. "Like all presidential candidates, he is welcome to share his thoughts with Vermonters. We hope all candidates will articulate, in a responsible and respectful Vermont way, their ideas for helping to make our state and or nation more affordable and prosperous for working class families.  And we look forward to the outcome of the primary campaign between our very diverse group of candidates." 

Update: 9:04 pm. Dec. 31. Post was updated to include statement from Vermont GOP.

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