Trump spoke about natural-gas drilling (aka fracking) and praised some of the growth the industry has experienced in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but also spoke of the economy at large, New York pipelines, Pittsburgh sports, and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon).
Trump is going after U.S Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon)— Ryan Deto (@RyanDeto) October 23, 2019
Says he never votes with him and the GOP, which is so obviously false. He has on many occasions. Here is one. https://t.co/5TOvftRvue
During the speech one protester started to yell, but the protester was eventually removed. Other than that, the event was pretty mild and lasted about one hour.
Trump lauded his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords environmental agreement and repeated his now-famous line, "I was elected to serve the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris." (City of Pittsburgh voters backed Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 75 percent of the city's vote.)
Trump also said that the country's air and water are the cleanest they have been in decades. While air quality in the Pittsburgh region has improved greatly from when the region was predominantly known for steel production, the area still has some of the worst air quality in America, including the fourth highest occurrence of air-pollution related deaths of any large metro area in the U.S.
Trump took some swipes at local and national Democrats and environmentalists who want to regulate, curb, or end the practice of fracking for natural gas. The speech ended with Trump shaking hands with energy workers who shared the stage with him inside the convention center.
Meanwhile, several protests occurred throughout the day in response to Trump’s visit. antisemitism encourage hate and violence, citing the Tree of Life mass shooting that happened at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill last year. About a dozen of them were arrested after they entered the intersection at Liberty Avenue and Commonwealth Place and locked arms.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto arrived outside the convention center after the speech ended.
"As the Mayor of Pittsburgh," Peduto's post reads, "I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future."
Gerald Dickinson and Bethany Hallam, with a small crowd remaining until after 8 p.m.