President Donald Trump continued his series of unofficial rallies with an event in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, August 20, that was attended by about 200 people, with up to thousands more gathered outside. He’s hosting the events as an alternative to the Democratic National Convention speeches. This event was held to contrast with Joe Biden’s acceptance speech, which is taking place later the same day during the Democratic National Convention.
About 200 Attended the Event, With Hundreds to ‘Thousands’ More Outside
Trump’s latest mini-rally met in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, just 15 minutes from Scranton, Joe Biden’s hometown, The Times reported. This event began at 3 p.m. local time at Mariotti Building Products.
According to York Daily Record, there were more than 200 supporters in the lumberyard for his speech, along with hundreds lining the street outside the event. But other local sources put the number outside as being in the “thousands.” The event itself had to be limited to 250 people maximum, due to the state’s restrictions on outdoor gatherings, and photos showed some empty seats inside the event. But many more people were gathered outside.
Jeff Horvath of the Scranton Times-Tribune attended the event. He shared photos of people outside the event and wrote: “Some scenes showing the massive gatherings of Trump supports, thousands of them, mostly donning Trump gear. Here’s what they said to me.”
He also shared a video of the people gathered outside the entrance to the rally.
Another video shows the crowd lined up outside the event. The line started forming around 7:30 a.m., according to a tweet.
Elizabeth Crisp of Newsweek described the crowd outside as “hundreds of people.”
Horvath reported that there was a mixture of people wearing masks and not wearing masks at the event, while the plastic chairs were spaced about six feet apart. Attendance for the outdoor event itself was limited to 250 by the state.
During his speech, Trump criticized Governor Tom Wolf for the shutdown in the state, WGAL reported. Trump told the crowd: “He’s going to destroy your soul. You know what happens is depression, anxiety, problems with family members, drugs, heart attacks, obesity. I mean, what is he doing? It’s more dangerous than the virus.”
Independent reported that Trump praised the crowd for defying the state shutdown and social distancing rules. He said: “How did they all get out there? And they were not socially distanced, I can tell you. We’ll have to — on the way back, they’ll still be there. Because they’re incredible people.”
Trump Talked About Biden & the ‘Left Wing Mob’ During His Event
During the rally, Trump said Biden had left Scranton a long time ago, moving to Delaware as a child. Trump told the crowd: “He abandoned Scranton… I thought I would come here to explain it to you.”
Go Erie reported that Biden’s family left Scranton when his dad, a car dealership manager, couldn’t find work and they had to move in with Biden’s grandparents.
Trump referred to the Democrats as a “left wing mob” that must be stopped in November at the polls. He predicted that the stock market would crash if Biden was elected, and referred to Biden as a “puppet of the radical left.”
Trump also said he had a lot of success in Pennsylvania, increasing manufacturing jobs.
A crowd of people greeted Trump when he arrived at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, My Twin Tiers reported. The crowd had two life-sized cutouts of Trump’s head on a Rambo body, along with many welcoming signs, Politico reported.
Trump has not announced when his next event will be.