This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer coverage of yesterday’s Trump speech in Monaca (PA) was considerably different from that found in most national media. Rather than depending upon the Associated Press for coverage, our local paper used Rick Shrum, a reporter from another Ogden newspaper -- the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. The front-page Intelligencer article is titled
President Trump Touts Cracker Plant as Economic Engine
and the article’s coverage suggests that it was a policy speech about energy. If you check other news sources, however, most saw the speech as a Trump campaign speech quite similar in tone and topics to previous ones given at his political rallies. For example, Associated Press tells us:
The event was billed as an official White House event, but Trump turned much of it into a campaign-style rally, boasting of achievements he claims as president and assailing his would-be Democratic rivals for the 2020 election.
Similarly, here’s CBS News:
In battleground Pennsylvania, Trump pushes 2020 message at official White House event
And USA Today:
'Make sure we win': Donald Trump mixes 2020 politics into Pennsylvania energy speech
Finally, here’s Politico’s headline:
Trump was supposed to give a speech on energy. He went way off script.
Politico provides examples from the speech:
“I did it [attacking Elizabeth Warren] very early with Pocahontas, I should have probably waited. She's staging a comeback on Sleepy Joe. I don't know who's going to win, but we'll have to hit Pocahontas very hard again if she does win. But she’s staging a little bit of a comeback. What a group — Pocahontas and Sleepy Joe.”
Yes, this was a formal policy speech on energy. In fairness to the president, he did discuss wind power:
(Apparently, the president forgot to mention how windmills cause cancer.)