The New York businessman made the announcement on conservative talk radio station WHP-AM during a Friday morning interview.
“I love the Amish. Love ‘em. And the Amish know what it means to build. They use those little hand screws. With the hats, all black, very nice. They all work together to raise their house or barn or whatever. Very nice. If I – and I know what you’re thinking and yes, I could grow a beard – but if I’m president we’d move a whole lot faster. We’d get a line of trucks in here and they’ll be the biggest barns you’ve ever seen, believe me,” Trump told host RJ Harris.
Harris asked Trump if he chose Lancaster because of the unusually low name ID he has there.
“The Amish, they’re wonderful. And I see these polls, you know you these pollsters, they’re crooks, don’t believe what they say. The Amish know about television. They – and I respect them – but they know television. I used to get letters – they don’t use email, the Amish, they send letters – they wrote to me and said, Mr. Trump, I’d get in trouble for saying this, but I watch the Apprentice every week. Never miss it.”
“Let me tell you something else. Harrison Ford is a great friend of mine,” Trump continued.
Despite months of hand-wringing over the media’s role in the rise of the Republican front-runner, national news reporters confirmed they would provide wall-to-wall coverage of the event for the chance to obtain a Trump sound bite about the town of Intercourse, Pa. or butter churning.