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.