Donald Trump Packs Scranton, Pennsylvania Rally to the Rafters


SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — Donald Trump rocked a basketball gymnasium at Lackawanna College on Monday evening, bringing the 4,500-capacity crowd to a deafening roar as he made a bid to win the Keystone State, and its 20 electoral votes, on Election Day on Tuesday.

Donald Trump Rally in Scranton Pennsylvania (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

“God’s behind him,” said Jamal Johnson, an African-American school counselor from East Stroudsburg. “You don’t have a name like ‘Trump’ and come out losing. There’s too much poetry in this country for that.”

Scranton is a town to which both Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden trace family roots. In making a stop there, Trump was aiming directly at the working-class base Democrats have traditionally claimed as their own.

The local fire marshal confirmed to Breitbart News that the hall was completely full.


The noise was deafening at times, and the mood rowdy and electric. It was a peaceful and orderly rally, however, with many children in attendance.

Three-month-old Jameson Klitsch came dressed by his parents in a short that read “Adorable Deplorables.”

His father told Breitbart News that he believed Trump could win the state.

“It’s about this guy,” he said, pointing to his son.


The only scuffle came among journalists in the media pen, as there was a fight for camera space on the riser. As the conflict drew wider attention, the crowd began chanting: “CNN sucks!”
(CNN was not apparently involved in the altercation.)

The chant was also repeated later, during Trump’s speech, when he attacked the “dishonest media.”

One man walked back and forth in front of the media pen the entire rally, holding a sign that read: “Her Lies Matter.”

Trump Rally Scranton Pennsylvania (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

In the upper deck in the back of the hall, Trump supporters held up giant green letters that spelled “Drain the Swamp” across several rows of the arena.

“Just like Cyrus was not an Israelite,” Johnson continued. “God used him to build the wall and restore Israel to its land. God is with this man.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.