By Mark Schiele
President Donald Trump may have been in Florida last week when he kicked off his reelection campaign, but a group of supporters from Montgomery County was happy to join in on the fun.
About 100 Trump followers gathered in King of Prussia for an event organized by the Montgomery County GOP, held at the Conshohocken Brewing Co.
For the record, the brewery, which also has locations in Conshohocken (Conshohocken Brewing Company) and Bridgeport (Bridgeport BrewPub), had no political affiliation with the event. After some backlash on Twitter, the company sent a statement saying it will no longer rent space to political organizations.
“Conshohocken Brewing Co. has no political affiliation and does not endorse the views of any political groups,” the brewery said in a statement. “Conshohocken Brewing Co. and its 150-plus employees strive to promote the values of inclusion, diversity, and respect. Given the current political climate and to ensure we keep with those values, Conshohocken Brewing is no longer reserving space to political organizations, regardless of party affiliation.”
Among those in attendance was Bridgeport resident Rob Dayocas Jr. “The Don!” he said in a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Julia Terruso. “What a handsome man!”
The gathering was an opportunity for backers to show support for Trump, and featured plenty of MAGA hats and other tokens of presidential pride including Infowars T-Shirts.
Montgomery County and surrounding counties accounted for a third of the state’s voters in the 2016 election, which have all grown more Democratic in recent years. In Montgomery County, Hillary Clinton received about 58 percent of the vote in 2016, which means it could have a large impact in 2020.
“It’s very difficult to be a Republican in the Philadelphia area,” added Isabelle Miller, 52, of Bala Cynwyd. “I’m a minority inspector in my ward” (on Election Day). “And I get the angry eye from my neighbors. Here, we’re all together. And we’re proud.”
The RNC said it held more than 1,000 similar sessions or watch parties this week across the country, 40 in Pennsylvania, an attempt by the state and national parties to organize volunteers 18 months before the general election.
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