SCRANTON – More than 12 hours before Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was to speak at the Lackawanna College Student Union Gymnasium, more than 100 people had already lined up to get their seats.
Trump, along with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, were set to speak in a town hall style setting at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, but despite being delayed until after 4 p.m. they were greeted with thunderous cheers from the more than 4,000 people in attendance.
The action, however, started long before the the two politicians were even near Pennsylvania.
“I am here because I think Donald Trump is going to save us all,” Mike Ketley, 36, of Scranton, said while standing in line.
“He is the man with the plan and I think he will help this country out more than anyone.”
Ketley wasn’t alone in his thought process.
“Donald Trump is what we need,” Kelly Gittles, of Moosic, said. “He is an honest man that we can all trust.”
Trump and Pence were in Doral, Florida, hosting another speaking engagement before jumping on a plane and landing in Pennsylvania.
One Scranton businessman wanted Trump to feel at home when he landed, he said.
“I have some of my trucks stationed on the highway waiting to give Donald a warm welcome,” Bob Bolus, of Bolus Trucking, in Scranton, said. “I am a firm believer Donald is exactly what we need and we are thrilled to have him here in our city with us today.”
Bolus is the father of Northumberland County businessman Brian Bolus, who owns Minuteman Spill Response, in Milton.
By 4:30 p.m., Trump and Pence had arrived and Pence took to the stage first.
“I am so excited to be here in Pennsylvania,” Pence told the crowd. “I am also pleased to be able to introduce to you all to the next president of the United States.”
Then the music played and the only thing that could be heard was the constant chanting of, “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
“It is great to see you all,” Trump said. “How important do I think Pennsylvania is that I am back here already? Very important, that’s how much.”
Trump spoke for more than an hour and told the loud crowd to stop chanting “Lock her up,” in reference to Trump’s opponent, Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.
“We all see they are not going to lock her up,” Trump said.
“So let’s do one better. Let’s beat her in November.”
State Rep. Fred Keller, of Kreamer, along with Sunbury City Councilmen Jim Eister and Rick Reichner, were also in attendance to hear Trump speak.
“I believe in Donald Trump,” Keller said. “I believe in honest government and that is what Donald Trump stands for.”
“We are in need of what Donald Trump is telling us,” Eister said. “He will get in there and he will get the job done.”