President Donald Trump ran a little late, but you wouldn't have known from the crowd's reaction as thousands erupted in cheers and glee around 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport.
Chants, like “four more years” and “Trump, Trump, Trump,” echoed on as a fleet of helicopters flew into the airport, coming from the direction of the setting sun.
The final chopper, Marine One, shown through the center of an arrangement of multiple huge American flags, before circling the crowd and landing again behind the flags, providing a backdrop for Trump's entrance.
“Hello, Butler,” Trump said. “We are going to win the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and we're going to win four more years.”
More than 10,000 people showed their admiration and support to the president, who delivered a speech that talked about his successes, his plans for the future and his perceived failures of Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“They're back there,” Trump said. “You can't even see the end of people. There's a lot of people here.”
Trump's comments touched on two major points that the Butler County crowd seemed to react to the most with cheers in favor of Trump's actions and boos toward any mention of Biden.
The two topics were the oil and gas industry and A.K. Steel.
“With your support, we're going to continue to bring more jobs, cut taxes and make more products with that little stamp made in the U.S.A.,” he said.
This is an excerpt from a story that will appear in Monday's Butler Eagle. Pick up a copy from newsstands for full coverage of Trump’s visit.