Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Boosts Saccone, Steel Speaks for 75 Minutes to Enthusiastic Supporters at Moon Aircraft Hangar

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Boosts Saccone, Steel Speaks for 75 Minutes to Enthusiastic Supporters at Moon Aircraft Hangar

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Donald Trump came to Moon Township on Saturday night to boast about his recently imposed steel tariffs, his administration's job-creation record, his brinkmanship with North Korea, and his 2016 election victory.

He also had some nice things to say about state Rep. Rick Saccone of Elizabeth Township, who is in a tight special-election race in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

"I need people who can help me," Mr. Trump said during his 75-minute address to a capacity crowd at an aircraft hangar. "And this guy can really help me: Rick Saccone. And he's got a tough race." The president said he'd won the district by 22 points -it was 20 -but "It's a crazy time out there."

Mr. Trump also took shots at the Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, who Mr. Trump bestowed with the nickname "Lamb the Sham."

"He's trying to act like a Republican," said Mr. Trump, but he contended Mr. Lamb "won't give me a single vote."

"I hear he's nice looking, I think I'm better looking than him," Mr. Trump added later "As soon as he gets in, he's not going to vote for us. He's going to vote for the party line. He has to."

But much of his speech amounted to a victory tour in which Mr. Trump, standing before enthusiastic supporters, touted tariffs he imposed last week.

"They're opening a lot of the steel mills up because of what I did," he said. "Steel is back and aluminum is back too." He had tough words for potential Democratic foes in 2020, calling Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" and saying of possible candidate Oprah Winfrey, "I know her weakness."

Mr. Trump seemed especially ebullient, and his visit came after an eventful week -even by his standards. In addition to the tariff rollout, his White House was buoyed by a stronger-than-expected jobs report, which he touted repeatedly. In recent days, he has also broached the possibility of meeting with the leadership of North Korea to resolve long-simmering nuclear tensions.

"Lots of good things, I think, are going to happen," he said. "But we'll see. . I think they want to make. peace. I think its' time, and I think we've shown great strength."

From there, however, he veered into a speech about how the media had shortchanged his accomplishments. As frequently happens at Trump gatherings, supporters broke into chants of "CNN Sucks!" -one of several campaign-season chants heard during Mr. Trump's speech.

Mr. Trump ranged over a number of other familiar topics, suggesting --as he has before recently -that he was open to the death penalty for drug offenders. By contrast, he said, Democrats "are the party of sanctuary cities. . They like to protect criminals, they like to protect MS-13," a Central American gang that features heavily in Republican concerns about immigration.

Mr. Trump also referred to controversy surrounding the state's current redistricting controversy. …

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