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Trump rallies crowd in Montoursville

President Trump speaks Saturday night at the Williamsport Regional Airport. MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette

A brisk Halloween night failed to scare a throng of supporters from turning up at the Williamsport Regional Airport for one of President Trump’s campaign stops across the state just three days before Election Day.

Trump rallied the local crowd, many of them unmasked, as he took aim at Democratic challenger Joe Biden and vowed to remain in the White House for another four years.

“If Biden wins, the economy will collapse,” Trump said.

The economy, which he said has come roaring back in the third quarter under his Administration, was one of several themes the President pounded home, which included people seated in grandstands behind him holding up signs.

A large video screen playing Biden’s misstatements and gaffes was also played, much to the delight of the crowd.

Trump emerged on the stage just after 9 p.m. — after his plane landed — about an hour later than his scheduled appearance in Montoursville.

“Joe Biden is a corrupt politician,” Trump said. “If Biden wins, China wins.”

Trump said Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris aim to slash funding for police.

He called out Biden for supporting NAFTA, which he said led to the elimination of manufacturing jobs.

And, he accused Biden of looking to end drilling for natural gas and oil.

“A vote for Biden and Harris is to ban fracking and mining,” he said.

He lashed out at the two for supporting the Green New Deal, proposed legislation to address climate change and economic inequality.

Trump said he’s not a politician, but he is someone who fights harder than any other president for the people.

He briefly addressed COVID-19, at one point exhorting the crowd, “Tell your governor to open up your state.”

He said the coronavirus is surging in Europe despite a lockdown there.

Trump said a vaccine for the virus is just weeks away, but with or without a vaccine, the coronavirus is going away.

Under Biden, a lockdown will only continue, he said.

“Open up Pennsylvania governor,” Trump added.

Trump pointed to a Gallup poll from September revealing that 56 percent of Americans believe they are better off now than they were four years ago. He did not note that the same poll showed that 56 percent also believe the President does not deserve to be re-elected.

Biden, he said, is against oil, guns and God.

“I don’t think that plays well here,” he said.

Trump, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, called the state hallowed ground.

“We will win Pennsylvania,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, seeking re-election to the 12th House seat, said Trump came to Montoursville because “he cares.”

Under Trump, he said, the U.S. has realized energy independence.

Biden, Keller said, pretends he’s from Scranton.

“He doesn’t share our values,” he added.

Former Congressman Lou Barletta said the election comes down to freedom.

He predicted a repeat of 2016 when Trump was expected to lose but still managed to defeat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

“And it was Pennsylvania that made it happen,” he said. “The polls are saying the same thing again.”

Former Congressman Tom Marino urged everyone to vote for Trump.

He said the Democrats don’t really want Biden, but Harris.

“So they pick the most liberal Senator to be his vice president,” he said.

Although she served as a district attorney and the attorney general of California prosecuting criminals, she now seeks to free criminals, he said.

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