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Crowds gather before President Trump's arrival at Lancaster Airport on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

Election 2020

With more Make America Great Again hats than masks, thousands of Pennsylvanians gathered at the Lancaster Airport to see President Donald Trump nearly a week out from the Nov. 3 election.

Trump hosted one of his signature campaign rallies outside an airport hangar at the Lancaster Airport in Lititz. It was the second of three stops – others to Allentown and Johnstown -- that he’s making in the must-win state of Pennsylvania on Monday.

During his speech at Lancaster Airport, Trump thanked the "Pennsylvania Dutch" for their hard work.

Trump left the stage at around 3:20 p.m. after speaking for about 90 minutes.

You can watch a livestream of Trump’s speech here.

Some of the attendees, like Manheim Central Middle School eighth graders Hailey Peterson and Lily Temple, won’t be able to vote in this election – or even the next presidential election. But they still came to see Trump at their first-ever rally, decked in face paint, head-to-toe Trump merchandise and flags wrapped around them. They’ve supported him in local parades, and have long been politically engaged in Republican politics following in their parents’ footsteps, they said.

“He’s just been bringing it up a step further than obviously our last president,” Temple said. “I just feel he’s doing a better job than other people with the [handling of] coronavirus.”

Ethan Reynolds, 18, skipped a day of school at Conestoga Valley High School to see Trump, getting up at 3:30 to get in line by 4 a.m. He’ll cast his first-ever vote for Trump in person on Nov. 3.

“Donald Trump’s truly amazing, truly he’s been making my life better,” said Reynolds, a grocery store employee, adding that he’s seen his pay increase during the pandemic.

Many grocery store employees had their hourly pay temporarily raised during the pandemic, as demand increased for eligible employees in one of the industries deemed “essential” by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Trump’s actions to address the coronavirus resulted in Lancaster’s 8% unemployment rate and recent high numbers of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, Biden said in a statement prior to Trump’s visit to the state.

“As I told union members and families in Pennsylvania this weekend, as president, I’m going to shut down the virus and safely open up the economy,” Biden added. “Then I’ll stand alongside working communities in Pennsylvania as we build back better by creating millions of good-paying jobs.”

John and Linda Miller, of Lititz, said Trump is the president who will protect their First and Second Amendment rights. Religious freedom is one they value most, they added.

As someone who is pro-life, John Miller said he couldn’t support Biden.

We livestreamed as Air Force One made its way to the Lancaster Airport. Watch the stream below.

Last week, Second Lady Karen Pence visited Mount Joy to campaign for President Trump's reelection.

About a month ago, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence visited Lititz for a watch party for the first Trump-Biden debate.

President Trump's campaign has ramped up its efforts in Pennsylvania, as it's on of the key battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election.

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