The President held another open-air rally with thousands of supporters amid the growing incidence of COVID – 19 in the state.
“What the hell is going on in Pennsylvania?” Trump asked the crowd at a rally at Erie International airport in the Western part of an important undecided state before the November 3 general election.
“Require your Governor to open Pennsylvania,” Trump said.
The number of state residents hospitalized for COVID-19 has doubled in the past four weeks but is still at least three times less than the late-April peak.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence often hold campaign events in the state, which is considered crucial to their election victory in two weeks.
On Tuesday, the President made it clear that he believes Pennsylvania is the key to his re-election.
“If we win in Pennsylvania, we win overall,” he told the audience.
Wolf criticized the Trump campaign for holding “unsafe rallies that put Pennsylvania residents at risk” of contracting the coronavirus.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who was born in Pennsylvania, was also a frequent visitor to the state but followed social distancing guidelines by minimizing the number of participants and requiring them to wear masks.
Biden did not have campaign events on Tuesday but remained in Wilmington, Delaware.
Addressing thousands of supporters in Erie who stood shoulder to shoulder, Trump said he didn’t expect to campaign in the city this year.
“I must honestly say that I had absolutely no intention of coming,” the President said. “But then we were attacked by this plague, and I had to get to work.”
“During his 56-minute speech in Erie, the President said that the US government is “crushing the virus,” that the situation in the country is much better than in Europe, and the pandemic is “ending.”
Biden has repeatedly accused the President of deliberately downplaying the risk of illness, calling Trump’s behavior “close to a crime.”