Donald Trump says thank you to the crowd of supporters who have harassed his limo without wearing masks
Donald Trump called a crowd of his supporters lining his limousine route in Pennsylvania “a great welcome” on Friday – although hardly anyone wore a mask or took a social distance.
The president tweeted “thank you” in a pause between White House events to the folks at Upper Macungie Township, PA, along with a video of his column of supporters storming the shoulder.
“What a great reception yesterday in Pennsylvania. Thank you! #MAGA, “he said.
He traveled to the state on Thursday to visit the Owens & Minor Inc. factory, a medical distribution facility that sent millions of N95 masks and other protective equipment to hospitals and health professionals across the country.
It makes masks – but he didn’t wear any. As he left, hundreds of Trump supporters, many of whom waved flags or carried campaign signs and flags, lined the column route to the factory in Upper Macungie Township, a suburb of Allentown in the Lehigh Valley region.
In the factory itself, there were thousands of Trump supporters, almost all of whom held up their phones to capture the moment, while singing ‘USA’ and ‘Four more years’. Dozens ran in to take a closer look at the column as it entered the factory site, KYW-TV reported.
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Socially distant? Many of the supporters along Trump’s route were much less than six feet apart that the CDC prescribes everyone for safety
President Donald Trump gestures to supporters as his column drops by Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday
At one point in the column route, Trump’s supporters stormed the column of excitement
People are waiting by the side of the road for the column with President Donald Trump to drive by on Thursday
While some supporters of the President saw masks, the vast majority were not
Supporters are waiting on the side of the road for President Donald Trump’s column to pass by on Thursday
Only a small number of the crowd numbers wore facial covers or masks.
At the factory, Trump himself did not wear a mask, which was the second time he was not depicted with a face cover while traveling outside the White House.
In praising the workers, Trump praised them for social aloofness, but expressed nostalgia for age before it was necessary.
“All that social distance. Look at you people, all six feet tall. That is quite impressive. But we like it a bit better the old way, don’t we? ”, He said.
People gather outside while U.S. President Donald Trump distributes medical items Owens and Minor Inc. in Allentown
On the side of the road, supporters are waiting for Thursday’s President Donald Trump’s column to pass
A man greets when President Donald Trump’s column drives past in Pennsylvania on Thursday
A pretzel vendor works the crowd as supporters gather outside the warehouse for Trump’s visit
The workers wore matching neon green / yellow company T-shirts with ‘Empowering our customers to advance health’ on their backs. They all wore face masks.
In a rare moment of personal reflection, the President named his older brother Fred, who died in 1981 at the age of 42 from complications from alcoholism.
Trump noted that his brother attended nearby LeHigh University.
“When I think about this area, I think about my brother,” he said.
But he quickly swerved into some of his more popular political conversation topics and treated the event more like a campaign collection. The music that was playing was the same playlist that was broadcast during his meetings.
Trump complained that the Obama administration had made him ill-equipped to deal with the corona virus pandemic.
“The cupboards were bare,” he said.
President Trump made the trip to Allentown, Pennsylvania to thank workers and was not wearing a mask
Factory workers who listened to the President’s comments wore masks and were two feet apart
Supporters gather outside the warehouse of Owens & Minor, medical equipment distributor, prior to a visit from Trump
Supporters gather outside the warehouse of medical equipment distributor Owens & Minor during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump during the coronavirus outbreak in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Protesters gather outside the warehouse to voice their opposition to Trump among a crowd of his supporters
He also had a hit with former Vice President Joe Biden, the suspected Democratic candidate. Trump attacked him with his favorite nickname “Sleepy Joe Biden.”
He attacked the role of Biden and led the Obama administration’s response to the N1H1 epidemic, known as swine flu.
Most N95 were distributed during the N1H1 – now you know who says that, right? Who says N1H1? Sleepy Joe Biden, ”Trump said.
There was laughter among the factory workers.
Trump spoke in a huge warehouse, with wire shelves piled all the way up with medical and cleaning products in cardboard boxes of various sizes.
At one end of the building, a giant American flag hung from the roof frame.
A crowd of people watch as the column with President Donald Trump heads for a tour of Owens & Minor
Hundreds of Trump supporters, many of whom were waving flags or carrying campaign signs and flags, lined the column route to the Upper Macungie Township factory
Pennsylvania is a state critical to the reelection of the President. He narrowly won it in 2016
In Pennsylvania, Trump added pressure to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf among home state republicans to roll back stragglers and business interruptions
Pennsylvania is a state critical to the reelection of the President. He narrowly won it in 2016.
It was Trump’s second trip outside Washington in just as many weeks to convince the public that it is time for states to open up again, even as the virus continues to spread.
Trump’s comments came when federal whistleblower Rick Bright testified in front of a house panel on Thursday about his repeated efforts to kickstart U.S. respiratory mask production, which he says went nowhere.
In Pennsylvania, Trump added pressure to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who is under the home state republicans, to reverse home stay orders and business stoppages after he suppressed the state outbreak early on.
“We need to get your Pennsylvania governor to start opening things up a bit,” Trump said during a speech at the warehouse. Trump claimed that some places in the state were “barely affected.”