President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak this afternoon at an event on Long Island’s Crooked Hill Road.
Trump is set to speak on Friday at Suffolk County Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus, which happens to be located on 1001 Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood, New York.
During the 2016 presidential election, “Crooked Hillary” was Donald Trump’s nickname for Hillary Clinton, and he has not stopped calling her by that name since becoming president. Trump used the moniker on Twitter as recently as Monday of this week.
Trump has also continued to discuss the events of the 2016 election during his presidential speeches, and so it would not be surprising if he made a joke about the “Crooked Hill” connection during today’s speech.
Just last month, a Crooked Hill Road exit sign on Long Island’s Sagtikos Parkway was defaced so that it read “Crooked Hillary Rd,” according to Newsday. This was reported to the State Department of Transportation, and the graffiti was quickly removed.
The president on Friday will be urging Congress to crack down on gang violence. He’s speaking on Long Island because last week, the Suffolk County Police Department announced that it had arrested more than 15 MS-13 gang members in connection with a quadruple homicide that took place on Long Island in April. Police said that the MS-13 gang has been responsible for 17 murders in Suffolk County since January 2016, according to The New York Times.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to El Salvador this week to discuss efforts to fight the MS-13 gang, according to NPR. The president recently said on Twitter that progress was being made.
Friday afternoon’s speech will be Donald Trump’s first visit to Long Island since becoming president. Trump himself grew up in Queens, New York, and his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is from Long Island.
A few hours before the Suffolk County Community College speech is set to begin, a crowd of protesters has formed at the school.