4/29/17, "Why does Trump keep coming to Pennsylvania? The answer is simple," Penn Live, Candy Woodall, Harrisburg, Pa.
""Why does Trump keep coming back to Pennsylvania?"
It was asked during otherwise glowing reviews of President Donald Trump's first 100 days, a milestone he chose to celebrate in the state capital.
The answer is simple: This is Trump country.
On just about any other day, nobody would describe reliably blue Harrisburg as Trump country. The ideals of the protesters outside would've made more sense than those of the president's supporters inside.
But the people inside the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center came from all swaths of the commonwealth and other states throughout the northeast. They agree Trump is a great president....
His supporters will blame "the rioters," the leftists, Congress and the "fake news" media, or they will say he just needs more time....
His supporters, who in Pennsylvania delivered his biggest crowds in Hershey and Harrisburg, including Saturday night when more than 12,000 filled the New Holland Arena of the Farm Show Complex.
It didn't matter what Trump did or didn't do during the first 100 days. It didn't matter that Saturday night he had his biggest crowd in the state and spent most of the time blasting the media attending the White House Correspondents roast of him.
The only thing that really matters to these supporters is that he talks like they do and has them convinced he will "make America great again" and "bring America back."...
"It (Pennsylvania) serves as a symbol of his ability to change the political landscape in the country. It makes sense on the 100th day to be at the site of one of his best victories."
Two congressmen who sat in Trump's VIP area agreed.
"Why do you think he's coming to Pennsylvania?" said Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from York County. "Because he knows Pennsylvania put him over the top."
"Donald Trump is in the White House because of Pennsylvania," said Rep. Tom Marino, a Republican from Williamsport who is reportedly Trump's pick for drug czar.
Another supporter, CNN's Jeffrey Lord, agreed that his hometown is Trump country.
"The president loves Pennsylvania," Lord said. "Pennsylvania was critical in winning the presidency, and inside the state, central Pennsylvania played a substantial role in that victory."
It's also a state in which Trump won all 67 counties in the Republican primary-an unprecedented feat.
"So it is no surprise to see him come back - and I'm sure we will see him again as his term progresses," Lord said. "The state slogan for a while was 'You have a friend in Pennsylvania.' That applies especially to President Trump."
It remains to be seen whether Pennsylvania has a friend in the White House, but Lord and the Farm Show crowd would say they already know."
All images 4/29/17, Harrisburg, Pa., Trump rally:
Top image from David Martosko. Other images from Penn Live
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 11,000 rally for Trump in Hershey, Pennsylvania:
Above, Fri., 11/4/16, Trump rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania,
Riley was a 19 year old young man who recently died in a motorcycle accident. He was an ardent Trump supporter. His parents are at the 11/4 Hershey, Pa. Trump rally which Trump has dedicated to their son. Portion of letter below references Riley:
Above, 11/4/16, Riley's mother and father at podium of Trump rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Scavino twitter
Above, Fri., 11/4/16, Trump rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Scavino twitter
Above, 11/4/16, Trump rally in Hershey, Pa., "Waiting to see Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Hershey, Pa., on Friday. Damon Winter / The New York Times"
Above, Fri., 11/4/16, Trump rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, "Thousands filled the Giant Center in Hershey to hear The Donald speak at the rally on Friday," AFP Getty via UK Daily Mail
Hershey attendance: "Donald Trump attracted an estimated 11,000 people to a Pennsylvania hockey arena (the Giant Center) Friday night."...
Fri., 11/4/16, Trump rally in Hershey, Pa., Scavino twitter
11/4/16, "'I'm here all by myself...No guitar, no piano, no nothing!' Trump says Hillary needs Beyoncé to pack 'em in as he draws 11,000 in Pennsylvania (and her celeb-boosted audience is SMALLER)," UK Daily Mail, David Martosko