Donald Trump Jr. hosts campaign event at Houghton County Memorial Airport

The event began with an introduction from U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI).
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 4:49 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 4:56 PM EDT
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HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The campaign team of President Donald Trump is holding an event in Houghton County.

Donald Trump Jr. hosted a “Make America Great Again” event in Calumet.

Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people gathered at the Houghton County Memorial Airport to hear the President’s son speak.

Trump Jr. said the campaign felt it was important to make a stop in the upper peninsula.

“This is one of those areas that gets neglected, but so many of the people up here are really the people my father’s fighting for--blue collar families, people that my father built the strongest economy for,” he stated. “My father renegotiated trade deals to benefit these kind of great Americans.”

He said Donald Trump is the best choice for U.P. voters, particularly for his rural policies.

“When you look at what he’s done in terms of the trade deals, renegotiating some of the agricultural policy to give our farmers huge benefits when competing internationally, you saw sort of the fake free trade that we’d had with China forever, Donald Trump is righting those wrongs, fixing them,” said Trump Jr.

He spoke about some of the President’s policies throughout the speech. However, the majority of Trump Jr.'s time was spent discussing Joe Biden and his history in Washington.

“They run with, ‘It’s blue collar Joe,’” Trump Jr. said to the audience. “Do me a favor, let’s drop the blue collar Joe stuff, media. In all fairness, I’m the son of a billionaire from Manhattan and I’ve had more blue collar jobs than Joe Biden.”

As for why U.P. voters should cast their ballots for trump this election, Trump Jr. says to look at his father’s record. “He did all the things he said he was going to do,” said Trump Jr. “He fought for the things that Americans wanted him to fight for and elected him to do. Donald Trump built the strongest economy America has ever seen. He’s the guy that can do it again.”

Based on reporter description at the event, social distancing was not being fully followed by those in attendance and many were not wearing face coverings.

Doors for the event opened at 3:00 p.m. with a scheduled start time of 4:30 p.m.

The event began with an introduction from U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI).

Watch a Facebook live feed of the event below.

This story will be updated with more information throughout the evening.

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