Former President Donald J. Trump has scheduled a Sept. 3 rally in Pennsylvania as he tries to keep his own profile high for a potential presidential run and elevate some political allies in the process.
Trump’s Save America political action committee issued a release Friday stating the 45th President will hold one of his trademark rallies at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, at 7 p.m.
The former president will “deliver remarks in support of Doug Mastriano for Governor, Dr. Mehmet Oz for U.S. Senate, and the entire Pennsylvania Trump Ticket,” the announcement said.
Trump endorsed both Mastriano and Oz in the spring primary campaigns, and certainly hopes to see the Republicans show new strength in Pennsylvania by winning the governor’s office and holding the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Pat Toomey, who did not seek re-election.
But there is also one additional purpose.
The rally – announced even as another prospective 2024 GOP presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, was warming up for an appearance with Mastriano in Pittsburgh – will also remind Trump’s loyal supporters in Pennsylvania that the man who launched the grassroots populist movement that delivered Republicans their first presidential win in 28 years here hasn’t relinquished the throne just yet.
In fact, Trump has been openly hinting at announcing his own third bid for the presidency later this year, as a preemptive strike at potential rivals like DeSantis, his own former vice president Mike Pence or others who are testing whether the time is right for the party to look to a post-Trump future.
Pennsylvania, as you might recall, has been an essential piece of Trump’s Electoral College strategy both in 2016, when he won the state and the White House, and 2020, when he lost them both.
Registrations for tickets to the Wilkes-Barre rally are open at Trump’s Save America website, and will be parcelled out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The arena’s capacity for concerts (and political rallies) is said to be 10,000.
Mastriano, a retired Army colonel and state Senator from Franklin County, is running against Democrat and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to succeed Gov. Tom Wolf in January.
Oz, the heart surgeon-turned-daytime television superstar, is running against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for the Senate seat.
News Source : Penn Live