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President Trump To Hold Rally In Wilkes-Barre Thursday Evening

He is rallying for GOP Senate Candidate Rep. Lou Barletta

August 02, 2018 - 4:04 pm

By JONATHAN LEMIRE ,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swiped Pennsylvania from the Democrats in 2016. Now he is trying to help Republicans take a Senate seat there.

Trump is holding a rally Thursday evening in Wilkes-Barre to back Rep. Lou Barletta, who's running to unseat two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.

Barletta is a fervent Trump supporter who shares his hard-line views on immigration. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988.

Trump has accelerated his campaign schedule in recent weeks to help Republicans he favors both in primaries and November's midterms.

The rally comes at a tumultuous time for Trump, who lashed out this week at the Russia probe that threatens his presidency.

It also comes during a period of heightened antagonism from Trump and his supporters toward the media.

Barletta, who represents the 11th Congressional District in PA tells the KDKA Radio Morning News he was one of the first elected officials to take on illegal immigration while mayor of Hazelton, PA.

“Our population grew by 50 percent but our tax revenue stayed the same. We had some violent crimes going on and our schools were overcrowded, our hospitals were overcrowded and the people in Hazelton were expecting me to do something,” said Barletta.

He adds that he helped solve the problem in Hazelton by going after those who employed  and the landlords who housed illegal immigrants and that at the time he didn’t realize it was a national problem, he was just trying to help his community.