President Donald Trump warned energy workers in Pennsylvania on Tuesday that Democrats running for president opposed the natural gas fracking boom that was reviving their community.
“Pocahontas and Sleepy Joe, I don’t think they give a damn about western Pennsylvania. Do you?” Trump asked, referring to presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Many workers in the crowd shouted, “No!”
“I don’t think so,” Trump continued.
He said that Warren was “staging a comeback” in the Democrat primary polls against Biden.
“I don’t know who’s going to win, but we’ll have to hit Pochahontas very hard again if she does win,” Trump said.
Trump spoke at the Shell Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania, promoting the booming energy market in the United States under his administration. The Shell plant turns natural gas into plastics, prompting protests from leftist activists.
The president warned that Democrats wanted to end the coal and fossil fuel industry.
“They want to wipe out our coal, they want to wipe out our oil, they want to wipe out our natural gas industry, as well as allowing other countries to steal our jobs,” Trump said.
He said that the existing industries fueled essential economic productivity in areas like Western Pennsylvania, which Democrats did not appreciate.
“They see factories like this one not as a cause for celebration but for condemnation,” Trump said, pointing to Democrat efforts to pass the Green New Deal.
Trump vowed to continue fighting for American energy “dominance,” touting the burgeoning energy industry in the United States.
“Our vision is pro-worker, pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-growth, pro-energy, and 100 percent pro-American,” Trump said.