Trump rally draws thousands to Johnstown

Trump rally draws thousands to Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — Kathy Jeffreys of Augusta, W.Va., arrived mid-morning at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport on Tuesday for a rally that wouldn’t begin in earnest until evening, when President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak. Jeffreys and the six other members of her extended family standing with her in the intermittent drizzle didn’t mind the wait – or the rain. “This was on my bucket list,” Jeffreys said. Jeffreys was one of an estimated 9,000 people who came to Johnstown to hear Trump laud his first-term efforts, while excoriating his Democratic opponent Joe Biden as weak and forgetful, coddled by the media, a tool of “the radical left,” a fan of “open borders” and an opponent of Second Amendment rights and industries like fracking that are important to Pennsylvanians, according to Trump. In the afternoon, after drizzle had turned to sunshine, there were throngs in red and blue Trump gear standing in the parking lot in front of the terminal building in lines separated by portable fencing, with a video billboard streaming testimonials for Trump and snippets of his speeches. On the tarmac, where workers had set up a large portable grandstand, the music was from the 1980s and earlier, lots of Elton John and Queen, heavy on the bass, coming from speakers that looked like airline stairways suspended from lifts high on either side of the seats. It sounded like the locker room before a high school football game, said one of the local reporters, a native […]

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