Derry Township, PA – On his way to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for a rally Tuesday night, President Trump professed himself to be a lover of chocolate and of the iconic American brand.
Again, in the opening statements of Tuesday night’s Pennsylvania rally, Trump expressed his love of Hershey’s chocolate. This isn’t a first for the president.
Trump has had several experiences with Hershey’s while in the White House. In 2017, the company’s Kisses were handed out to children at the White House during Halloween in special presidential boxes. Some of those boxes are seen as collector’s items and are up for grabs on auction website eBay.
Hershey’s surfaced again at this year’s trick-or-treat gathering at the White House, when Trump had a viral moment that included a Hershey’s chocolate bar and a character dressed as a Minion from the animated movie “Despicable Me.”
But chocolate wasn’t the only thing on his mind during the rally. President Trump covered many serious topics, aside from the sweet references.
While talking about illegal immigration during the rally, the president blasted Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner without using his name, alleging Krasner was guilty of releasing MS-13 gang members from jail who went on to commit more crimes against citizens. Trump then asked the crowd in Pennsylvania, “What the Hell! How did you let that happen?”
“How do you elect democrats when they create a sanctuary city of Philadelphia, I don’t get it,” Trump added.
“You better get yourself a new prosecutor,” Trump said.
Jane Roh, Krasner’s communications director, said Tuesday evening that she had not seen the president’s remarks. But this is not the first dispute between Krasner and Trump. In a statement last week, Krasner told The Philadelphia Inquirer he was “honored once again to be attacked by President Trump, the most criminal U.S. president of my lifetime … .”
Near the end of his remarks, the president ticked off his accomplishments, earning the loudest crowd responses when he mentioned his opposition to abortion and his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
He also criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s record on charter schools and school choice, again asking Pennsylvania voters, “What’s that all about? How did that happen?”
Trump brought up impeachment soon after taking the stage, but he linked it to a key campaign issue — jobs and the economy. The president called impeachment a “silver lining”: It “embarrassed” Democrats that they announced their support for a key Trump agenda item — a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.
“Any Democrat who votes for this sham,” he said of impeachment, “is voting to sacrifice their House majority, their dignity and their career,” the president said.
In his speech the president repeatedly hit on economic themes, boasting of the roaring stock market, the low unemployment rate and new investments in the energy sector, a key industry to many Pennsylvania voters.
Throughout, Trump delivered on key conservative talking points, from border security to protecting the Second Amendment to confirming conservative federal judges.
At multiple points, Trump digressed from prepared remarks to engage in asides. In one, he declared that “Russia wishes Hillary Clinton won,” an assertion that isn’t shared by the U.S. intelligence community which concluded that Russia actively interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.
Jumping from Russia to energy, the president joked that if Clinton had beaten him in 2016, the country would be covered with windmills that would “knock out birds left and right.”