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[Photo Story] State College Crowd Gathers For Donald Trump Jr. Rally

Just two weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump Jr. stopped in State College Tuesday afternoon to campaign on behalf of his father.

The event was filled with cheers, photo ops, protesting, and a concerning lack of masks in a state with both mask mandates and rising coronavirus case numbers. Reporters were even told temperatures would be taken before entry, but no such procedures were in place.

Before Trump arrived, folks milled around the compound snapping pics, handing out flyers, catching up with old friends, and talking to reporters about why they support the president’s re-election campaign. Some even arrived hours beforehand to try and secure a solid seat.

The event started at 3 p.m. but the crowd really started to thicken up as early as 1:30 p.m.

Lots of people passed around phones to take pictures of each other and record the day. Others just wanted to document the crowd for themselves.

As it got closer to showtime, the excitement started building. A quick prayer was said and the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance together in unison 20 minutes or so before Trump Jr. took the stage. Security started to crack down, removing potentially dangerous items like flags and autograph-ready baseballs.

The anxiousness and excitement boiled over when Trump Jr. finally took the stage. The crowd roared as he approached the podium and cheered along with him throughout his remarks.

After finishing his speech, Trump Jr. waved goodbye and descended into an eager crowd to take selfies and sign autographs.

Once the president’s son left, the event was hardly over. Folks soon gathered along Fox Hill Road to show their support for the president.

A small group of protestors met them on the other side of the road. While some peacefully held up signs, others picked fights. Both sides yelled insults across the street as cars and trucks beeped while they drove by.

Folks on the anti-Trump side tried to pass out masks, but Trump supporters walked over and took them only to throw them on the ground.

Election Day is now less than two weeks away, folks. Although Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline has passed, residents can request mail-in or absentee ballots until October 27.

Check out our comprehensive guide to voting to learn more about voting in Centre County and at Penn State.

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