President Trump goes to Pennsylvania on Saturday to host a rally to mark his first 100 days in the White House — acknowledging his 2016 win in the blue-leaning state and a presidency largely untethered to Washington pomp and convention.
To be sure, the rally in Harrisburg, Pa., starts at about the same time as the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which Trump ceremoniously said he would not attend, amid his repeated accusations about “fake news” and a press corps eager to challenge his agenda.
“From the first day of my administration, I have governed by a simple idea: My only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens,” Trump said in his weekly, weekend address, a likely preview of what he’ll say at the rally.
Trump has indeed tried to deliver his message to the people, often sidestepping the conventional method of going through reporters and the mainstream news media.
“Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!” Trump tweeted Saturday.
Whether his early presidency has been a success largely depends on the chosen measures — with a sharp division between critics and supporters of the insurgent Trump campaign that upset Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2017
“I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history,” Trump also says in his weekly address. “Most importantly, we’re bringing back jobs. You asked the people of Michigan; you asked the people of Ohio; you can ask the people of Pennsylvania.”
Trump’s victory indeed was made possible by wins in those swing states, with Pennsylvania and Michigan not having voted for a Republican presidential nominee since 1988.
His return to Pennsylvania is a thank you, like the one he delivered to Florida voters last month in Tampa. But it’s also a likely nod to 2020, with Trump’s reelection effort having already raised roughly $13 million.
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