On day of impeachment acquittal, Pence launches Trump team comeback in Pa.

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Vice President Mike Pence talked about the recent impeachment acquittal of President Trump and State of the Union Address at a Women For Trump Rally. York Daily Record

CAMP HILL, Pa.— A day after President Donald J. Trump used the State of the Union address to describe the “great American comeback,” his own comeback was launched inside this hotel ballroom.

His top surrogate, Vice President Mike Pence, didn’t need anyone to warm up the crowd at the Radisson in Camp Hill, a small suburb of Harrisburg.

He walked onto the campaign stage to loud cheers from happy faces. The supporters at this Women for Trump event had been celebrating the president’s acquittal in the Senate an hour before Pence arrived. 

“What a week!” Pence said. “Last night I had a real good seat at the State of the Union. President Trump stepped forward and he described the great American comeback. I got the feeling the woman sitting next to me didn’t like the speech as much as I did.”

That woman sitting next to him was U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received attention Wednesday for ripping up Trump’s State of the Union speech while cameras were rolling.

Pence on Wednesday repeated highlights of the State of the Union, which the president and his team are using as a campaign speech now.

The vice president shared the highlights at the Women for Trump event, saying the president has given them a blue-collar boom, a rebuilt military, conservative judges and “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

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“President Trump said the State of the Union is stronger than ever before, and that’s the truth,” Pence said. “In this booming economy, women are leading the way.”

And if last night’s great speech wasn’t enough, the Senate voted to acquit Trump today, Pence said.

The “partisan impeachment” was a “sham investigation,” the vice president said. “It’s over, America.”

The crowd broke into its loudest applause. 

Pence said he was in Pennsylvania “for one reason and one reason only: We need four more years.”

“In four short years, we’ve made America great. To keep America great, we need you to decide right here and now to vote for President Trump,” Pence said. “It’s on, Pennsylvania. It’s 2020. We’re ready.”

The supporters were ready, too. When the news broke around 4 p.m., Billye Tomb clapped and waved her arms. 

The Lebanon County woman, who describes herself as a proud Trump supporter “over 70,” said he deserved to be acquitted.

“He never should have had to go through this impeachment mess in the first place. It was ridiculous,” she said. 

Trump said on Twitter that he will be making a public statement at noon Thursday “to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!”

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The first Trump cabinet member who spoke at the Women for Trump event was U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 

Like Pence, she mostly repeated the economic message and highlights from Trump’s State of the Union speech last night.

“How about those tax cuts that got the government off the backs of the middle class?” the U.S. education secretary said.

Trump is just getting started, and that’s why he needs four more years, she said.

“What makes America great is on the ballot this year. Freedom is on the ballot this year,” DeVos said. “The Democrats are trying to out socialist each other.”

Pence said he doesn’t recognize the Democratic Party anymore and reiterated the description of the presidential candidates as socialists.

Meanwhile, he’s gotten to know Trump really well during the last four years. “Some people might say we’re a little different,” Pence joked. “But your president loves this country.”

Pence said whenever supporters thank Trump for what he’s done, he always stops them. 

“He tells them, ‘It’s what we’ve done,'” Pence said. “And it’s what we need to do again in November 2020 right here in Pennsylvania.”  

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