In the heart of the City of Erie, where Democrats believe they have the upper hand, presidential candidate Donald Trump brought his campaign to the people of Erie County and the turnout was huge. The Erie Insurance Arena was filled to capacity with even more eager attendees outside who could not get in.
The polls continually fluctuate with massive swings one way then another, which reflects the unpredictability and probable unreliability of many of the numbers reported, but as Trump even mentioned during his speech, many think he’s going to sweep Erie County in the upcoming November election.
He was introduced by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus who put to rest media reports of division and emphasized efforts by the national committee to make sure Trump wins in November. Various media outlets seem to create stories out of thin air, hoping to cause doubt among Trump supporters or just to raise interest in an election that seems, in reality, to be swinging in Trump’s favor, causing Democrats to lose their already falling enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, a candidate that is facing rising scrutiny for many questionable activities with the Clinton Foundation and a continual stream of revelations from emails she has fought hard to hide.
Trump covered many topics including the loss of manufacturing jobs in the Erie area, the bad trade deals the US has agreed to and how he would renegotiate those deals, not to stop trade, but to make sure both countries would benefit from the deal, not just one. He mentioned the uneven media coverage where reporters picked apart every word he said, while giving Clinton a pass. He highlighted and obviously demonstrated, how he could speak without a teleprompter for an hour, while Clinton needed assistance to remember what she wanted to say.
Trump spent considerable time highlighting his support among working people who have been pushed aside by Democrats, the electricians, plumbers and all of the building trades, traditional Democrat voters who have had enough and he specifically spoke of the coal miners who Clinton targeted as a group she intended to put out of business.
He promised to bring jobs and companies back to America, something the current administration has not been able to do and noted Clinton was unequipped to do because her donors and supporters had other priorities.
He talked about immigration, the military, veterans, Obamacare and the number of supreme court justices the next president would likely select, an issue of enormous importance to voters in both parties since the court has so much influence over the direction our country will move in the coming decades.
Trump emphasized how important Pennsylvania is to winning in November, though if this rally is any indication of his support in Erie County, he should be greatly encouraged by what he sees.