President Donald Trump spoke to a packed house at the Erie Insurance Arena last night to boost the campaigns of various Republican candidates in Pennsylvania, while dubbing the Democrats as the “party of crime.”
His visit to Pennsylvania’s newly drawn 16th Congressional District, in which he won by 20 points, included welcoming Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Lou Barletta on to the stage to champion the Trump agenda and speak out on the prospects of the Democrats regaining control of the House or Senate during his address.
Here are the Pennsylvania politicians Trump addressed during the rally.
Rep. Mike Kelly
Trump lauded Kelly for his work in Congress for being “strong on crime, tough as hell on borders, powerful on trade, and he is really great on jobs,” while adding they’ve been friends for a long time. He credited Kelly for leading the fight to cut taxes, to a level at which Trump said “has never been seen before.”
Tying the address into the needs of the district, Trump promised to provide assistance to Presque Isle.
“We’re going to dredge the channel to Lake Erie and we’re going to replenish the sand to Presque Isle,” he said.
He recalled a conversation with Kelly, who was pleading for the federal government to help rectify the issue, and asked, “What the Hell is Presque Isle?”
“He wants sand and we’re going to get him the sand,” Trump said.
Trump never mentioned Kelly’s Democratic challenger, Ron DiNicola by name during the rally, but stated after Kelly’s speech that the GOP incumbent was in good position to win.
“Look, he’s in good shape, you see that,” Trump said. “How would you like to be his opponent?”
“But still you never know. A vote for Mike is a vote to Make America Great Again.”
Rep. Lou Barletta
The GOP candidate for United States Senate was one of Trump’s first supporters in Pennsylvania and the President discussed his appreciation for his time as a Congressman, while explaining he was the reason he chose to challenge Sen. Bob Casey.
Trump detailed a conversation he had with Barletta talking him into entering the race for U.S. Senate and believes the candidate is a “total winner.”
“In other words, I got him into this,” Trump said. “He’s a special man and a total winner.”
Before welcoming him on stage Trump referenced that Barletta’s brother died the day before and showed support for him during this difficult time.
Sen. Bob Casey
At a previous rally this summer, Casey was dubbed “Sleeping Bob” by the President. Last night, Trump continued to deliver jabs at Casey by painting him as someone who protects “violent criminal aliens” and was living off of the reputation of his father.
“Bob Casey puts criminal aliens before American citizens, always has,” Trump said. “By the way, how do you have such a liberal guy in the state of Pennsylvania, I’m trying to figure that out.”
After a pause of a couple of seconds, Trump believes he arrived at the conclusion.
“Oh, he’s banking on the name of his father, that’s no good.”
Trump also accused Casey of wanting to abolish ICE and painted him as an advocate for sanctuary cities.
Rep. G.T. Thompson
The first Pennsylvania elected official referenced by name from Trump during the rally was Thompson.
Leading into introducing a slate of Republican candidates present at the event, he credited Thompson as someone who “has helped me out so much in Washington” and cited tax cuts and regulations as examples.
Trump lauded Wagner’s background and was in shock of the amount of events the gubernatorial candidate said he has attended thus far.
“This guy is working hard, folks,” Trump said.
Trump raved about conservative pundit Judge Jeanine Pirro embracing Wagner as the highest compliment a candidate can earn.
“Maybe the best thing I could say about Scott Wagner is that Judge Jeanine thinks he’s fantastic,” Trump said. “That might be the greatest endorsement and you have my full endorsement, that might be the greatest endorsement I can give you, Scott, Judge Jeanine.”
The candidate for Pennsylvania’s open 13th Congressional district was referenced by Trump as a heavy favorite, but pleaded with voters to not take the lead for granted.
“You have a man named John Joyce who’s running and he’s way up in the polls, but don’t let that fool you, get out and vote,” Trump said.
State Sens. Michele Brooks and Dan Laughlin
Trump mentioned the two Republican state Senators by name during the rally for being a part of the Pennsylvania Republicans fighting for the Trump agenda.
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Rep. Mike Kelly
The Republican Congressman spoke glowingly about Trump and his agenda while he was on stage with the Commander in Chief.
“Listen, I gotta tell you the last 21 months of my life I have seen something happen in America that I have never seen before,” Kelly said. “I have seen the resurrection of the greatest nation the world has ever known.”
In an attempt to echo how important the midterms are, the former Notre Dame football scholarship recipient, used a football analogy to express the importance of November’s election.
“There’s an old saying, you got to play it through the whistle, right,” Kelly said. “You know what this man’s saying is? You got to play in through the echo of the whistle.”
In closing after praising the President for the current state of the country, he expressed gratitude for Trump entering the political arena to “reform” the nation.
“You are the best…” Kelly said of Trump. “I am so grateful and so thankful that an American citizen came out of nowhere to take the reigns and reform and recommit this country to the greatest nation the world has ever known.”
Rep. Lou Barletta
He referenced the President’s affinity to the state by visiting multiple times for rallies and credited the President for leading the “greatest economy in American history.”
“There are more jobs than people who are unemployed,” Barletta said. “This economy is so good that even Colin Kaepernick found a job.”
Barletta also rallied around building the wall and blaming the Democrats for “mistreating” Kavanaugh.