HARRISBURG, Pa. – Former President Donald Trump made a stop in Pennsylvania Friday night.
He spoke to a crowd in Harrisburg for more than an hour. The event was hosted by the NRA, the National Rifle Association, and Trump spent much of his speech focused on Second Amendment issues.
Trump took some time to relish in the cheers from thousands at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex before finally stepping up to the mic and greeting the crowd for the 8th time at an NRA event since 2015.
“We love Pennsylvania, I went to school in Pennsylvania,” said Trump.
That part is true. Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, but his next attempt to appeal to Pennsylvanians missed the mark.
“We ran twice, we won Pennsylvania twice, we won it twice,” said Trump.
Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016, but actually lost the state in 2020. He then took some time to highlight his actions in office that loosened gun restrictions across the country.
“I stood up for our hunters, fishers, and sportsmen like no one has ever done before, opening up millions and millions of acres of federal land and rolling back Obama’s assault on hunting, fishing, trapping, and ammunition,” said Trump. “My administration also petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn New York City’s unconstitutional ban on transporting handguns outside of the home.”
Trump promised to loosen restrictions even more if elected in November. Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman said in a press call Friday that’s something that has to be avoided.
“Do you want your next president more assault weapons and more deaths of gun violence in our nation, or do you want a president that wants fewer assault weapons and fewer tragic gun deaths?” said Sen. Fetterman.
Near the end of his speech, Trump took the time to downplay the charges he’s facing for storing confidential documents in his Mar-a-Lago estate, while also making fun of President Biden.
“This is nothing more than selective persecution of Biden’s political opponent, me, and I don’t know that it’s Biden, because I don’t think he knows he’s alive,” said Trump.
President Biden became the target of attacks on his mental acuity Thursday after a special counsel report described his memory as “hazy,” “fuzzy,” “faulty,” and “poor.” Biden held a televised response Thursday saying in part “My memory is fine.”
We have now had a visit from both President Biden and former President Trump in just the past month, which shows how important both candidates believe the Keystone State will be in the election coming this November.