Trump rallies his supporters during trip to Pennsylvania
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — President Donald Trump predicted Tuesday in 42 days he will repeat his performance of 2016 and win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.
“I’m all for fracking,” he told the crowd. “My opponent is against oil, guns and God.”
The Republican incumbent in the Nov. 3 election is facing Scranton, Pa., native Joe Biden, Democratic Party nominee for president and a frequent target of Trump’s 95-minute campaign speech at an outdoor gathering in front of a private airplane hangar.
“I don’t think of him as a radical lefty, but basically, he’s controlled by them,” Trump said of Biden, claiming he’s accomplished more in 47 months as president than Biden, vice president under President Barack Obama and U.S. senator from Delaware, has in 47 years. The president also made a point of mispronouncing the first name of Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris.
Using the same refrain a few minutes later, Trump talked of churches being closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and referenced Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who was booed.
Wolf has not ordered houses of worship shuttered, but limited the size of gatherings in general. Court battles are underway and Wolf was rebuked last week by a Trump-appointed federal judge for unconstitutionally acting.
Trump made much of his 300 appointments to the federal bench. He thanked Utah Sen. Mitt Romney for announcing his support to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.
The president plans to nominate his third judge for the Supreme Court this weekend.
“They will set policy for 50 years,” he said.
Trump said the House, controlled by the Democrats, “wants to impeach me again” to delay a vote on the Supreme Court nomination. He called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy.”
“I got impeached by making a perfect phone call,” he said of the charge that he solicited interference from Ukraine to help his re-election bid.
Trump carried Western Pennsylvania counties except for Allegheny in 2016, and he hopes to do it again in the Nov. 3 election despite an unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent in the wake of the pandemic that has resulted in more than 8,000 deaths in Pensylvania.
“They let the plague out of China,” he said, claiming he has “saved millions of lives” but not mentioning the American death toll has just reached the 200,000 mark, the most of any country, but said, “I am devastated to see it happening. Now Europe has a big spike.”
“It’s the China virus,” he said. “They should have stopped it.” The president said all Biden wants to talk about is the coronavirus.