Donald Trump Calls For Return of Paterno Statue at Pittsburgh Rally
Donald Trump is a polarizing figure — nobody is denying that. But on Wednesday night, he might’ve taken that polarization to a whole new level (at least given the way some yinzers feel about Penn State). While addressing a crowd in Pittsburgh during a rally, Trump referenced Paterno as he discussed the coal industry in the city.
Trump begins quest for Sorcerer’s Stone in order to resurrect Joe Paterno pic.twitter.com/kSXw6wMVH6
— Ian McKenna (@Ian_McK_) April 13, 2016
“How’s Joe Paterno,” Trump asked. “We gonna bring that back? How’s that whole deal?” Some pundits took to Twitter to point out that, in fact, Joe Paterno died in 2012 and is impossible to bring back but it’s easy to see Trump was talking about his statue — and based on Trump’s previous comments about Paterno and Penn State before he began his presidential run, it’s not surprising. Trump’s spokesman clarified after the rally that he was, in fact, referring to the statue.
Trump spox confirms to me that his Joe Paterno reference was to “bring back” his statue at Penn State — David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 14, 2016
Well, you may disagree with Trump on everything else, but lots of Penn Staters are likely to take his side on this one…
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