US President Trump Departs for Pennsylvania Town Hall

U.S. President Donald Trump departed for Pennsylvania, Thursday, March 5, to participate in his first televised town hall of the 2020 election cycle.
READ MORE: A shop selling President Donald Trump-themed merchandise in a suburban Philadelphia strip mall has emerged as a magnet for the president’s backers and a reflection of Pennsylvania’s status as a political battleground this year.

The Trump Store in Bensalem specializes in gear fit for the president’s biggest fans — T-shirts promoting a border wall, hats, beanies, mugs with his cartoon face, even an inflatable innertube with Trump’s head flashing two thumbs up. On a recent weekday afternoon, it did steady business over about three hours, with two to three customers continuously streaming in and out.

The town is on a political fault line, tilting slightly Democratic in recent presidential elections, though Trump improved the GOP’s fortunes in 2016 over Republicans’ 2012 performance. Experts are watching the region as a key to the presidential race. In fact, Trump is slated to hold a town hall in Scranton on Thursday evening, about two hours from Bensalem.


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