Joe Biden being 'greeted' by 'f**k Joe' signs in Pennsylvania in viral video
President Joe Biden was greeted by a raucous crowd constituting of supporters of former President Donald Trump as he arrived in Pennsylvania.
A vehicle parked outside a Mack Trucks plant blared a pro-Trump rap album and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A" before the national anthem was played on the iHeartMedia Lehigh Valley radio station on Tuesday, July 27. Alongside the parked vehicle was a growing crowd of people who wished the former President was still in office. They gathered under the scorching July sun with Trump flags, US flags, and “F**k Joe Biden” placards to greet the commander-in-chief as he arrived to support American-made goods.
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The fired-up crowd continued to chant, "Trump! Trump! Trump!" as they brought a litany of grievances for the Delaware Democrat who was elected into office last November. Of course, many did not consider the Biden presidency as legitimate and complained about what they saw as their constitutional rights being trampled and their children forced to wear masks in school.
Police heavily guarded the intersection of Route 100 and Alburtis Road in Lower Macungie Township outside the Mack-Lehigh Valley Operations Manufacturing Facility, which Biden was slated to visit. The fervent Trump crowd had already gathered in large numbers hours before the president touched down at Lehigh Valley International Airport and his motorcade entered the plant grounds at about 12.30 pm.
One Trump supporter, who identified himself as a Mack Trucks worker, told Leigh Valley Live that employees were off for a two-week summer shutdown and that he had delayed his vacation by a day just so he could be present to confront Biden. “I’m at every Trump rally,” he said, before expressing his belief that the election was fraudulent. “People need to learn what the resident is doing,” he said when asked why he was there. “Resident Biden, not President Biden," he clarified.
Schnecksville resident Bethany Varvarelis brought her three children in Trump gear. She said she believes the right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment is under attack, adding conservative voices were being silenced by social media giants.
“I’m so afraid we’re going to lose our gun rights. I’m so afraid we’re going to lose our freedom of speech,” Slatington resident Lori Neidlinger added, standing by a black flag emblazoned with two military-style rifles and the words “Determined Patriots”.
Coopersburg resident Robert Collins, a veteran who did multiple tours in Afghanistan, was present at the demonstration with his wife, Connie, and their dog, Sgt Major Cooper. The family sat beside a red truck emblazoned with the words, "BIDEN LOST STOP THE STEAL. Hey Joe GTFO.” Collins asked why Biden was visiting Mack Trucks considering "all their profits go to Sweden," to its parent company the Volvo Group. The family also raised concerns about the president's executive order to cancel the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that is said to have killed tens of thousands of potential jobs.
Macungie resident Meghan Sell was at the protest with a sign reading, "Coercion is not consent." She told reporters about her fears that schoolchildren are being forced to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks in school for protection. “There needs to be parent choice,” Sell asserted. “It’s not that I’m not concerned about [Covid-19], but we need to trust our immune system," she added.
The pro-Trump crowd kept growing as Biden's arrival drew nearer, with some waving the Stars and Stripes in the median until being chased off by authorities.