Trump set to return to Delco on Thursday
Thousands are expected at the Sun Center Studios for campaign rally
Donald Trump will return to Delaware County at 7 p.m. Thursday where a crowd of 5,000 people are expected to see the GOP presidential candidate speak at the Sun Center Studios in Chester Township.
All this week the oft-divisive, self-proclaimed realestate-tycoon-turned-political-outsider visits three states crucial to winning the presidency: Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Last week, Trump traveled to the Aston Community Center where he laid out a plan to give income tax deductions to working mothers to cover day care and related costs for children from birth until the age of 13. However, Trump did little to prioritize the importance of speaking in Delaware County, the thirdlargest county in Pennsylvania. It’s long been ruled by Republicans but now has a Democratic voter-registration edge; it has gone for every Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.
Local Republican Party leaders say they find Trump’s focus on policy issues encouraging.
“On policy issues, those people who want to improve the economy are coming around to Trump, they care about foreign policy and immigration, and a balanced Supreme Court,” said Delaware County Republican Chairman Andy Reilly. “A huge amount of people have been turned off by the elite and political class of Hillary Clinton.”
“He’s not a silver-tongued politician; (he’s concerned) with policy.”
Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton spoke in Philadelphia on Monday where she aimed to appeal to millennial voters and touched on the topics of entrepreneurialism and combating issues of gun violence in urban settings. Clinton’s campaign acknowledged it has to work harder to appeal to younger voters.
“I certainly would anticipate a visit from Hillary, Tim Kaine or others to Delaware County,” said David Landau, chairman for the Delaware County Democratic Party. “Trump obviously knows that Pennsylvania is a battleground state for him, he knows Delaware County is a battleground and if he gets clobbered here he’ll lose the state.”
In Aston, Trump spoke to a few hundred people inside the community center where he failed to mention Clinton by name in the course of a half-hour-long speech to local and regional supporters. At the Sun Center Studios in Chester Township, Reilly said more than 2,000 people have already signed up to attend the rally. But Landau contended that the venue perpetuates Trump’s limiting of access to his campaign.
“They (the Republicans) don’t want to expose him, they want to give him limited exposure,” Landau said. “It’s in a completely confined environment where you don’t need to see people who disagree with you.”
Outside the venue in Aston last week, never Trumpers and local Democrats turned out in droves looking to drive the candidate out of town.
“Suburban Philadelphia is not buying what Trump is selling,” said Democratic state Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro. “They look at Trump and they don’t like what they see.”
Reilly claimed that while Pennsylvania hasn’t gone the Republicans’ way in the Electoral College since 1988, despite George W. Bush winning the presidency in 2000 and being reelected in 2004, Pennsylvania remains a swing state in the general election.
“Delaware County is not a straight ticket poll, they’re ticket splitters,” Reilly said. “I think they Republican voters are more openminded.”
For Landau and the Democrats, Trump’s perceived last-ditch effort to win the commonwealth is too little, too late.
“It’s very difficult (for Republicans) to win Pennsylvania,” Landau said. “And if he wins Pennsylvania but loses Florida and Ohio, there’s no way he can win.”
Polls have shown Clinton with a consistent lead in the state. The latest survey, a Muhlenberg College/ Morning Call poll released over the weekend, has Clinton enjoying a 9-point lead over Trump — 47-38 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 5.5 percent
Those interested in applying to enter the rally can browse through the Trump website and request free tickets to the event. That application can be found here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/chester-pa.
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump was joined by daughter Ivanka Trump at a campaign stop in Aston last week.