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Trump to return to Philadelphia for rally on Temple’s campus

Jun 14, 2024 | 5:51 pm ET
By John Cole
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Trump to return to Philadelphia for rally on Temple’s campus
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Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president in 2024, speaks during a press conference at Trump Tower on May 31, 2024 in New York City. Trump was found guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Donald Trump will be returning to the Keystone State for the first time in two months at a rally in Philadelphia on June 22 on Temple University’s campus.

“President Donald Trump loves the people of Pennsylvania,” a press release from the campaign announcing the rally reads. “President Trump will ease the financial pressures placed on households and re-establish law and order in Pennsylvania!”

The visit will be Trump’s fourth to the state in 2024 and second to Philadelphia this year. He delivered a keynote address in February to a National Rifle Association gathering in Harrisburg, announced a new line of Trump-branded sneakers in Philadelphia at SneakerCon that same month, and most recently held a rally in the Lehigh Valley in April. He also held a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey in May with a crowd that included a fair share of Pennsylvanians.

President Joe Biden has made eight appearances in Pennsylvania so far this year, with his most recent trip to Philadelphia with Vice President Kamala in late May to announce the launch of Black Voters for Biden-Harris at Girard College. Most of Biden’s visits have been in the southeast, a heavily Democratic region crucial in the Keystone State to a presidential bid.

Trump was convicted on 34 felony counts in a hush money trial in New York City last month. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, days before the Republican National Convention is due to begin in Milwaukee.

“Donald Trump is a convicted felon and failed president who spent years running racist campaigns, implementing a racist agenda, and hurting Black communities in Pennsylvania every chance he got,” Kellan White, senior advisor for the Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign said in a statement Friday. “It’s why we rejected him last time and delivered the White House for Joe Biden, who actually fights for us and delivers, bringing down health care costs and creating good paying jobs for our families right here in Philly.”

Biden’s campaign has also opened 24 coordinated offices across Pennsylvania, opening the first round of offices in March, getting a head start on the Trump campaign. On June 4, the Trump campaign opened its first “Trump Force 47” office in Philadelphia and opened an office on Wednesday in Reading in an effort to target Latino American voters.

Polling has consistently shown a close race between Biden and Trump for the state’s 19 electoral votes. A Marist poll released on Wednesday showed Trump leading Biden by 2 points in Pennsylvania.

Biden beat Trump in Pennsylvania in 2020 by just over 80,000 votes.

Update: This article was updated with a statement from the Biden campaign.