MILFORD, PA — Election season is in full swing, and last week, a number of campaigns focused their efforts on Northeast Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden traveled to …
MILFORD, PA — Election season is in full swing, and last week, a number of campaigns focused their efforts on Northeast Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden traveled to Lackawanna County for a CNN town hall last Thursday, and Eric Trump represented his father’s reelection campaign the following night at a rally in Milford. Over the weekend, candidates in state and federal congressional races made appearances in Honesdale.
More than 100 Trump supporters sporting red “Make America Great Again” hats and carrying a variety of flags and signs turned out to hear Eric Trump at Superior Laminating. On the way to the event, dozens of residents who opposed the rally lined the sidewalks at the East Harford Street and Broad Street intersection, holding Biden-Harris signs and banners with liberal slogans.
The president’s son opened his speech by addressing the “sleepy protesters” and said that a few men from the crowd could “tear them to pieces.” He added that “the toughest people in this country are with Trump” and that the protesters are “all these little beta people.”
He spoke at length about the shortcomings of the Democratic Party, saying that, in recent years, it has become increasingly radicalized and that it was no longer the party of John F. Kennedy or Bill Clinton, with whom Republicans could apparently find common-ground. He listed off a number of current, high-profile Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to a chorus of boos and jeers for each name.
“It’s not even Democratic versus Republican anymore,” Trump said. “It’s good versus evil.”
Listing his father’s accomplishments while in office, he first talked about reinstating Christian phrases. “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, we’re saying ‘God bless America’ again.” He also praised the administration’s efforts to slow down illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
However, he called the appointment of more than 200 federal judges to courts throughout the country his father’s greatest accomplishment. Working with the Republican-led Senate, the administration has achieved a historic rate of judicial appointments. Just hours before the world learned that Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away, Trump told the crowd that—if reelected—the president could have the opportunity to appoint three or four new Supreme Court justices.
“If you care about religious liberty, if you care about the Second Amendment... abortion as well, that puts those issues to bed for literally the next 40 years,” he said. “My father’s greatest legacy might actually be the judicial system.”
The Republican candidate for PA’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives, Jim Bognet, introduced Trump that night. He also took the opportunity to promote his own campaign, promising to protect health care and social security and alleging, among some other personal jibes, that his opponent and Democratic incumbent Matt Cartwright does not have a connection to the region because he was educated elsewhere.
“He grew up in Canada. Just think about that,” Bognet said about Cartwright, who was born in Pennsylvania and attended Upper Canada College, a private K-12 international boarding school for boys.
At an event in Honesdale the following day, Cartwright said that political campaigns should focus on the candidates’ policies, not personal life.
“Run on the issues. Don’t go around leveling personal attacks,” he said. “That’s not the way I conduct myself, and I don’t think the people in Northeastern Pennsylvania appreciate that stuff.”
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