Trump to hold rally Saturday at Pittsburgh airport; Steelers coach to host fundraiser for Hillary
Republican businessman Donald Trump will make Western Pennsylvania one of his first retail campaign stops as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee at a Saturday afternoon rally in suburban Pittsburgh.
The event will be held at Atlantic Aviation, one exit from Pittsburgh International Airport; the Trump campaign has not finalized details for the afternoon event.
The GOP primary process ended Tuesday with Trump winning all five of the last primary contests and breaking the Republican primary turnout record of 10.8 million held by George W. Bush since 2000.
Presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton holds the record of the most votes in a presidential primary contest when she and Barack Obama battled for their party’s nomination in 2008 and she cleared 17.8 million votes, nearly 300,000 more than Obama’s 17.5 million.
Clinton will hold a public event in Pittsburgh on Tuesday; the campaign has not released details about the time and place.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and his wife, Kiya, a fashion designer, will host a private fundraiser for Clinton at their home Tuesday afternoon. According to an invitation, attendees will donate $10,000 to $34,000 each to hear Clinton discuss her candidacy.
Clinton on Monday secured the number of delegates and super delegates needed for the nomination.
Trump heads to Pittsburgh after two weeks of sour press that began when he suggested the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against the now defunct Trump University had a predisposition against him because of the judge’s Mexican heritage. The judge is a native-born American whose father worked in a steel mill in Indiana.
High-ranking Republicans denounced Trump’s comments; House Speaker Paul Ryan called it “the textbook definition of a racist comment. … It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
On Tuesday evening, Trump tamped down the agitation by giving a disciplined speech with the aid of teleprompters.
“I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and I will never ever let you down,” Trump said. “I will make you proud of your party and our movement.”
Trump had an impressive win in Pennsylvania in late April, winning all 67 counties, some by more than 70 percentage points over rivals Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Salena Zito is a Tribune-Review staff writer.