ERIE – President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in Erie, Tuesday night continued calls to reopen states nationwide.
Trump, speaking to an overflowing crowd at the Erie International Airport, said the country is rounding the corner of the pandemic and normal life will likely resume soon.
The President criticized Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, saying he has imposed pandemic restrictions that are too harsh, and Pennsylvania needs to open up.
“Pennsylvania has been shut down long enough,” said Trump. “Get your governor to open it up.”
The President defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he saved millions of lives by implementing a travel ban at the beginning of the pandemic. He also declared there would be 100 million vaccine doses by the end of the year.
He also blamed the pandemic for changes in his re-election campaign. Trump said before the pandemic hit, he had no plans to visit Erie.
“Before the plague came in, I had it made,” said Trump. “I wasn’t coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there was no way I was coming. I didn’t have to. I would’ve called you and said, ‘Hey, Erie. You know, if you have a chance, get out and vote.’ We had this thing won.”
Shortly before 8:45 p.m., the president wrapped up his speech by saying that in him, “You have a president that is standing up for the great people of Pennsylvania.” He then called this election “the most important election in the history of our country”.
“If we win Pennsylvania, we win the whole thing,” Trump furthered.
When he finished the speech, he spent a few minutes waving to and thanking supporters before he made his way back to Air Force One, which left just before 9 p.m. to return to Washington.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is off the campaign trail Wednesday to prepare for tomorrow’s final Presidential Debate; however, his biggest surrogate is making his first appearance in Philadelphia later today. President Barack Obama is looking to give the Biden Campaign a massive boost with Election Day less-than two weeks away.