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Lehigh Valley Prepares for Trump Appearance

Former President Donald Trump will make his second stop in the Commonwealth in the last two months as he holds a rally at the Schnecksville Fire Hall in North Whitehall Township on Saturday evening.

It will be Trump’s first visit to the Lehigh Valley since October 2020 when he visited HoverTech International, a medical equipment manufacturer in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

The Lehigh County Republican Committee has been coordinating the event with the campaign, the RNC and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. The groups are expecting upwards of 6,000 people to attend the outdoor rally.

“It could be a heck of a lot bigger than that. I assume there’s going to be a lot more people showing up than there’s room,” Lehigh County Republican Committee Chairman Joe Vichot said.

One might ask why Schnecksville – a suburb of Allentown with just under 3,000 residents. The location is important for two reasons.

One – the Lehigh Valley is home to one of the largest populations of Latino voters in the state – an estimated 615,000 voters. According to recent census data, the population has grown about 40 percent since 2010, especially along the 222 corridor in Reading, Allentown, Lancaster and York.

Two – North Whitehall Township is home to Bill Bachenberg, one of Trump’s most powerful backers in the region. A former NRA board member, he chaired the slate of fake electors submitted to Congress following the 2020 election. Bachenberg’s company – Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays – is renting the fire hall for the rally.

Bachenberg is rumored to have provided a $1 million line of credit to the Trump campaign to support its efforts in trying to prove the election was stolen. He was named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly stiffing a cybersecurity firm – XRVisions – after it failed to find evidence of election fraud after examining voting machines in Fulton County.

Trump will also stop in Newtown, Bucks County, for a fundraiser prior to the rally.

The event could also be the final rally Trump holds before his trial in New York City begins April 15. Barring further delay, Trump will be in a courtroom in Manhattan four days a week, with the trial expected to last several weeks.

Two of the Lehigh Valley’s Republican congressional candidates welcome the former president to their district.

“I think Trump is going to make a strong contrast between what he has to offer, compared to what Joe Biden has delivered,” Kevin Dellicker said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to hearing him speak to a supportive and raucous crowd.”

“Being the first candidate to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president and a proud America First conservative, I am excited to welcome President Trump to the Lehigh Valley next week,” said Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) in a statement.

One of President Joe Biden’s top surrogates in the state has a differing opinion.

“From overturning Roe v. Wade and unleashing extreme abortion bans all across the country, to trying to overturn the last election and destroy our democracy, to promising to kick 1.2 million Pennsylvanians off of their health care, Donald Trump’s record and agenda are too dangerous and extreme for Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, a Biden-Harris 2024 National Advisory Board Member.

Biden visited the Lehigh Valley in January, touting his economic initiatives with small business owners in Emmaus and firefighters in Allentown. He will be in Pennsylvania next week, with planned stops in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Biden won Lehigh County by a little more than 14,000 votes in 2020.

One Response

  1. Soon he’ll be holding his rallies in a prison yard. Stormy weather next week.





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