GOP Rally Draws Large Crowd In Plains Twp.
PLAINS TWP. — Thunder and Lightning blew into the conference center at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday for a rally in support of Republican candidates for state and national office.
U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta and Tom Marino, who earned the nicknames based on their early and vigorous support for Donald Trump during his campaign for the presidency, were among the speakers who urged supporters to get out the vote for conservative Republicans in November.
They spoke to a receptive crowd that included a large contingent from Bikers for Trump, which organized a motorcycle ride from the Hazleton area to the rally.
“We the people get the last word, at the polls,” said featured speaker Oliver North, the president of the National Rifle Association and a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.
North railed repeatedly against a “cabal” of “anti-freedom, pro-disarmament billionaire socialists” who want to repeal the Second Amendment right to bear arms and turn the United States into “a socialist utopia.”
Members of the cabal want to capture both houses of Congress for the Democrats in November’s election, then impeach President Trump, North said.
Republicans need to turn out to vote in large numbers to stop the cabal from succeeding in its agenda, according to North.
“That’s why we need Lou Barletta and Tom Marino,” he said.
Barletta, who is trying to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, blasted Casey for morphing from a “pro-life, moderate Democrat” to “one of the most liberal senators in Washington” since he took office in 2007.
Barletta criticized congressional Democrats for trying to derail the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for political reasons.
He pointed to his long-time opposition to illegal immigration and open borders, dating from his days as mayor of Hazleton, and vowed to bring that zeal with him to the Senate.
Marino, who is running in the 12th District following this year’s redistricting, recounted a recent incident in which prominent U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, “came unhinged and said Republicans are despicable.”
Marino said he could not be “with a better group of despicables, or deplorables.”
The crowd erupted in cheers and applause.
Sunday’s rally also featured Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner and congressional candidates John Chrin and Dan Meuser.
The conference center and the lobby outside it filled with enthusiastic Republican supporters more than an hour before the rally began.
Doug Thomas, of Huntington Mills, said Sunday marked the first time he and his wife attended a political rally.
Thomas said he supports Barletta, but it was Trump who ignited a passion for politics in him for the first time.
“He speaks to the common worker: blue collar America,” Thomas said.
William Walters, of Taylor, said he supports Barletta, since “if Trump’s behind him, he’s got to be good.”
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