President Donald Trump on Thursday had his motorcade stop for pizza at Arcaro and Genell Takeaway Kitchen in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, after delivering disparaging remarks about Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Biden, a native of neighboring Scranton, “spent the last half century in Washington selling out our country and ripping off our jobs,” Trump said at Mariotti Building Products, a local lumber yard.
Having clearly worked up an appetite, Trump placed the order all by himself and could not wait to show the pizza off, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
After a brief glance at his square pie, a signature bake of the restaurant, a reporter asked Trump why he decided to drop by.
“Because they have great pizza,” Trump beamed. “Supposedly they have the best pizza, we’ll let you know about it in a half hour.”
Trump gets a pizza. pic.twitter.com/zA4ZBEZAAf
— The Recount (@therecount) August 20, 2020
Trump, 74, was absolutely giddy.
“Who knew pizza came in a box? Before I came here no one was talking about selling pizza in a box. But it’s a good idea, fantastic idea. You’re welcome local pizza guy. Pizza guys everywhere love me.”
— UsuallyLeft (@UsuallyLeft) August 20, 2020
"No one has done more…for the Italian American culinary business in America than me. No other President! They love me in….little Italy….small Sicily. Love me."
— Clyde (@Clyde_Bear) August 20, 2020
Is this his attempt at being an Everyman? If so, it's not working. He looks as though he's never ordered his own pizza.
— RJR in New England (@RJRandekoff) August 20, 2020
As usual, he looks confused by the whole thing. 🤦🏻♀️
— kathy lepage (@mrsbuju) August 20, 2020
Shocked his pizza didn't come in the shape of the letter "Q"
— Pfizer Pfan (@nvrvoted4theRs) August 20, 2020
As a native New Yorker, Trump should know how to treat a pizza. Does he?
What kind of monster eats pizza with a fork and knife?? pic.twitter.com/k6EhkfXvxt
— BroadStBoss (@BroadStBoss) August 20, 2020
I want to see him eat a slice. You can tell a lot about a person by how they eat pizza. I bet Donald is a knife and fork kinda guy. And you know what that means! 😂
— Pete Wirth (@PeteWirth) August 21, 2020
It’s not dementia. He’s always been bad at pizza pic.twitter.com/lze24UHwAE
— Trevor (@PR0TUS) August 21, 2020
A lot of people are saying that trump told them to cut the mushrooms because he always carried one.
— Mike Paroulek (@mike_paroulek) August 20, 2020
No one born and raised in NY thinks anywhere in Pennsylvania has the best pizza.
— Jeri Zinn Crygier (@Beaglemom429) August 20, 2020
Twitter was also quick to point out that Trump was not wearing a mask, on a day when Pennsylvania saw 791 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths due to the pandemic.
Nice mask example
— J Dub (@hunghorn) August 20, 2020
The staff are not amused. pic.twitter.com/yqopH16lFu
— Jason Catman (@catman_jason) August 20, 2020
all wearing masks wisely he doesn't
— Red (@RhodeliaRosea) August 21, 2020
I fixed it for you. pic.twitter.com/ipubxxW38D
— 🎙News You Need (@ElizManresa) August 20, 2020
Well won’t be going there since he didn’t wear a mask. They won’t notice I didn’t come in but I’ll know.
— annrkay (@ArkayAnn) August 21, 2020
Ironically, at his rally, Trump encouraged his supporters to “do the masks,” telling them, “I mean, it’s not gonna hurt. Do ’em. Do ’em.”
But Trump only mentioned the pandemic in passing, according to the York Daily Record.
“By the way, the stock market just hit a new high,” Trump said. “And don’t forget, we’ve been going through this horrible plague from China. It just hit a new high. So think of that. It’s incredible.”
He continued: “Before the China virus invaded our shores, we built the greatest economy in history, nothing even close.”
Trump: always the victim.
“In three years, and what we’ve done in just this short period of time, there’s been no administration that’s accomplished what we’ve accomplished,” Trump growled, “and that’s despite pandemics and despite all of the opposition and all of the witch hunts, the phony witch hunts.”
Pennsylvania, with its 20 Electoral College votes, is a must-win state for Trump in his bid for reelection. He eked out a narrow victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Keystone State in 2016, but recent polling shows him trailing Biden by ~six points.
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