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4 adult-only Halloween trips worth the drive (and a good scare)

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The fun of Halloween doesn’t have to start and end with a night of trick-or-treating.

The days of stocking up on Reese’s Cups and Hershey Bars end as you get older, so what is there to do? Get in a good scare, of course, with no kids allowed.

These four locations are all within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of Northern Virginia, and some have even been named in the top scariest places in the United States. Whether you’re looking for a dark-and-twisted corn maze, or an amusement park turned into a scary Halloween wonderland, here’s where to head this year for your chance to be scared stiff.

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The Nevermore Haunt
Oct. 4-Nov. 3
Estimated travel time: 1 hour
Take a trip back in time, and expect to find terror. This Baltimore-inspired Haunted House is set in the 19th century, with everyone coming out to play. From drowned sailors and tortured factory workers, to unlicensed doctors and mysterious creatures creeping out of the nooks and crannies of every room, you may find yourself letting out a scream or two. Only time will tell if you make it to the end, but once you do, catch the rotating sideshows throughout the season. Fortune tellers, sword swallowers and more will entertain the nightly crowd beyond the doors of the home. Plus, catch your breath with Evolution Craft beer on tap, and food from Big Momma’s Heart and Soul. // The Nevermore Haunt: 450 Mott St., Baltimore, Maryland; $22-$56

Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt
Sept. 21-Nov. 2
Estimated travel time: 1.5 hours
Thrill-seekers, prepare yourselves. The scariest nights at Kings Dominion are yet to come, and the ghosts and ghouls are waiting for you at every turn. As the night darkens the park, guests are immersed in an adults-only experience: mazes filled with fear, scare zones looking to shake you to your core and live shows featuring The Coven of mischief-seeking witches, botched beheadings with Queen Majesty and apocalyptic music from the Blood Drums. Take a spin on the Delirium, feel your heart race on the Intimidator 305 or flip on The Crypt, and only enter the park if you truly dare. // Kings Dominion: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Virginia; $39-$80

Field of Screams
Oct. 4-Nov. 15
Estimated travel time: 2 hours

Watch where you step, upon entering the Field of Screams, you’re finding your way into the Best Extreme Haunted Attraction in the United States, named by USA Today. It’s safe to expect chills to run down your spine, heart-pounding anticipation and, potentially, the ultimate scare of the season. Attendees will journey through the dark cornfield, only to be met face-to-face with their deepest fears, and find themselves sitting front row to the demented patients waiting for their next victim at the Frightmare Asylum. Think you can handle the scare? Take a trip on the Haunted Hayride, or plan to attend the one night of extreme darkness on Friday, Nov. 15, for an elevated scare for the most fearless fans. // Field of Screams: 191 College Ave., Mountville, Pennsylvania; $30-$50

Busch Gardens Howl-o-Scream
Sept. 14-Oct. 27
Estimated travel time: 2.5 hours
As if the head-spinning speed and dangerous drops from roller coasters isn’t enough of a scare, Busch Gardens transforms into an even scarier amusement park for the Halloween season when the clock strikes 6 p.m. Howl-o-Scream, which is included in park admission and gives guests access to later hours,  is an adult-focused Halloween event with six haunted houses, six terror-tories (scaring zones), various escape rooms and chilling live-entertainment shows. Favorite characters from years past will lurk in the shadows, ready to scare unsuspecting guests and remind even the most brave of their deepest, darkest fears. Guests should consider the elevated scare factor when deciding if attending the event is appropriate for young children. // Busch Gardens: 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Virginia; $47-$100

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The White House Gun Control Trial Balloon Meets A Swift and Ignominious End

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A lot of us have been more than a little uneasy over hints that President Trump may be succumbing to the “do something” impulse in response to recent shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa-Midland. This is always the worst reason to do anything. There is no conceivable gun regulation, short of mandatory confiscation, that would have prevented any to those shootings. The weakness of the background check and, by inference, red flag laws was demonstrated in Odessa-Midland where the shooter was barred from firearm ownership over mental health issues and was able to purchase one from a criminal. It would seem that the unifying theory of criminal behavior, that is, that criminals commit crimes, was in full force.

Nevertheless, Senate Democrats coming up with three new gun control proposals and Mitch McConnell dumping the decision on how to proceed directly in Trump’s lap gave me the queasy feeling that Trump was about to try to trade away sure base votes for the chimera of pleasing suburban women (we’ve been trying to do that since George H. W. Bush and “soccer moms” and how’s it working out for us?).

That seemed to be about to happen today.

The White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have met with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to shop legislation on expanding background checks consistent with the Manchin-Toomey bill, sources familiar with the effort told the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of an idea sheet circulating among Republican members, which indicates that the legislation in question would expand background checks to include all commercially advertised unlicensed sales.

Here’s the whole thing.

Idea Sheet from WH and DOJ … by The Daily Caller on Scribd

This bill seems to have effectively shut down all private, non-family sales of firearms unless a background check was accomplished…this is the Holy Grail of closing the “gun show loophole” the left has been caterwauling about for years. Despite the language of the underlying Manchin-Toomey bill, this clearly opens the way for a national gun registry and what that will ultimately mean.

When the White House was asked they disavowed that this was the plan

And, for whatever reason, it appears Manchin and Toomey aren’t on board with the White House talking paper

And the NRA is about to go nuts

What we’re looking at, it seems, is a trial balloon that didn’t go over all that well

For right now, this effort seems to be dead. I suspect that once the White House political operation gets a taste of just how negative the reaction among base voters is, that this idea will stay dead. Until the next time when we must DO SOMETHING.

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Newest Democratic fundraiser: Andrew McCabe

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Did I miss a news story somewhere or isn’t this guy still under threat of indictment? The interest in him lately from across the aisle would have you believe that he’s a political rising star, not a man staring at the possibility of prison. He just landed a CNN contributor’s gig, he has a book out, now he’s giving speeches for the opposition party in 2020 swing states. When did Andrew McCabe become Stacey Abrams? Are Democrats lining him up for a House run or something?

In the age of FaceTime and Skype, he could conduct a front-porch campaign from behind the glass at the federal pen, I suppose.

McCabe is now also participating in Democratic fundraising events. According to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s website, McCabe is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet for the Lancaster County Democratic Committee.

Tickets for the event, which can be purchased through ActBlue, range from $80 to $160. The more expensive “Speaker’s Circle” tickets come with access to a private reception with McCabe and photograph with him. He is scheduled to speak for 45 minutes and take questions for 15 minutes, according to the site…

McCabe told event organizers that he plans to discuss his “one-on-one interactions with Donald Trump” during the event. He also will cover the “fallout and aftermath” of former FBI director James Comey’s firing, “Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The idea of hating Trump so much that you’d pop for 160 bucks for a personal photo with Andrew McCabe fills me with a degree of dread normally only experienced when contemplating death. It’s one notch up from paying for an audience with the Krassenstein brothers.

For cripes sake, you can buy a house in parts of the midwest for $160. In Detroit, certainly.

My first thought upon hearing that McCabe was now in demand on the Democratic political circuit was naturally, “What about Comey?” If McCabe’s appeal to the left derives from Trump’s antipathy to him, surely a man whom Trump loathes even more like Big Jim would be that much more appealing. Plus, Comey was nearly charged by the DOJ for his anti-Trump activities in leaking memos. What better proof of commitment to the Resistance could there be than that? He’s even been donating money to the party! But then I remembered: Oh, right, his last-minute letter about reopening the Emailgate probe may have tanked Hillary’s chances of winning the election, thus enabling the very presidency that Democrats so despise. Comey will never overcome that to regain respectability among them, no matter how many nasty tweets Trump posts about him. He’ll have to watch the Democratic romance with disgraced Trump-hating former FBI officials play out from the outside, with his face pressed against the window.

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PA teacher’s unions still charging unconstitutional fees

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v AFSCME, it appeared as if the question had been settled. The state cannot force public sector workers who are not members of a union to pay dues (or “fair share fees”) to that union to support its political speech. This practice is a violation of the worker’s First Amendment rights. But it seems that at least one teacher’s union in Pennsylvania didn’t get the memo. They’re still doing it, and now a few of their victims are taking them to court. (Free Beacon)

Pennsylvania teachers’ unions continue to include mandatory fees from nonmembers in new contracts despite a Supreme Court decision that declared coercive payments unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit.

The lawsuit comes in the wake of the 2018 Janus v. American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees ruling. The 5-4 decision said that government agencies violated the First Amendment rights of workers if they required employees to pay dues or fees to labor organizations. Democratic Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, who did not respond to requests for comment, benefited from nearly $6 million in PAC spending from government unions during his reelection campaign.

One non-union teacher suing to enforce the Janus ruling in Pennsylvania called the situation “absurd.”

“Absurd” is certainly a pretty good word for it. How on Earth is this union still finalizing contracts with these fees in them? They’re simply ignoring the Supreme Court and continuing to do business as usual.

Part of the problem appears to come from Pennsylvania state law and a previous court ruling. Pennsylvania still has pre-Janus laws regarding fair share fees on the books. When a group of teachers went to court seeking to have the laws struck down, a U.S. District Court judge somehow ruled that “the onus of enforcement should fall on labor unions to end the practice.”

So let’s see if I’ve got this straight. The non-union members had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to have the fees declared unconstitutional, but this judge feels that the responsibility for seeing that the unions comply with the Janus ruling should fall on the unions that the ruling was reigning in? We can see how well that’s working out. There are at least seven school districts where the unions have continued to work fair-share fees into their contracts and they are still collecting the fees.

What’s worse, as the Free Beacon reminds us, is that a recent poll showed that as many as half of the non-union teachers they surveyed were somehow either unaware of the Janus ruling or didn’t understand it sufficiently to know their rights. It also doesn’t help that some of these unions have been caught putting out bogus information, telling teachers who wanted to opt out of the fees that the ruling didn’t apply to them or that they might lose all their benefits if they chose to do so.

The whole reason the teachers needed that ruling in the first place was that the unions were acting in a dishonest fashion. For a judge to turn around and place the burden of enforcement on the unions is simply a case of telling the fox to guard the henhouse. This needs to come to an end immediately.

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Here’s the Best Example Yet of Why Red Flag Laws Are a Terrible Idea

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If you want the best example yet of why conservatives pushing red flag laws are wrong, here you go.

A man’s son called the police on him, citing he thought his father might be suicidal. Without any due process at all, the police showed up, confiscated his entire firearms collection, and hospitalized him (likely for evaluation). NBC News ran with the story, painting with their headlines the idea that he was a mass shooter in waiting. There’s absolutely no evidence of that nor does their appear to even be any evidence he was actually suicidal.

Police who were responding to a report of a suicidal man Wednesday discovered a cache of weapons which included firearms, grenades and ammunition inside the man’s home.

The 72-year-old man, who was not identified, was reported to police by his son who feared for his father’s wellbeing and told officers that there were firearms inside the home, Lieutenant Dennis Rosenbaum of the Philadelphia Police Department said Thursday.

Officers discovered what appeared to be a grenade after the man’s son asked police to remove his father’s weapons from the home, Rosenbaum said. Bomb squad experts who were called to the scene found that the grenade was inactive.

Here were some of the tweets NBC sent out.

In reality, the man was simply a collector. Many of his guns were historical pieces from world wars. The “grenades” NBC News touts in their headline were all inactive, except for one smoke grenade which is legal to own.

There’s a lot of parts to object to regarding how this went down.

The first is the media angle. Why are they even reporting this when he’s been charged with no crime? How is it newsworthy and how does it accomplish anything but smearing gun owners? If the only point is to paint a negative perception of those who have gun collections, mission accomplished I guess.

The law enforcement aspect of this is far more important though.

A single phone call and a man’s entire collection is confiscated? There was no hearing, no judge, no due process at all. The police got one call and took it upon themselves to seize everything. Now the police have the right to “deem” weapons unsafe and not return them. This seems like a pretty big violation of the 4th amendment.

Police also don’t seem very keen to give the weapons back, requiring a petition, which the man’s family don’t seem to want to do. But why is it their decision? They say they don’t want them to “wind up in the wrong hands but how would that happen? I’m trying to avoid making assumptions about their politics but the language being used here is a dead giveaway.

His family has the right to petition for the weapons, which have been put into storage. If not, or if the police deem the weapons unsafe, they will be destroyed and melted down after a certain period of time.

“I don’t think they’re going to be trying to get the weapons back,” Rosenbaum said. “I’ve talked to the family today as of an hour ago and they just don’t want them to wind up in the wrong hands. They seem to be very nice people.”

It should also be noted that Philadelphia’s police chief is an outspoken Democrat and proponent for gun control. It’s no coincidence that this happened in his jurisdiction.

There’s a not insignificant number of conservatives, led by National Review’s David French, that think red flag laws on a national level are a great idea and have been pushing them in the wake of the most recent mass shootings. They are an awful idea and no one that respect constitutional governance should be promoting them.

I get the temptation. Conservatives want to imagine police as non-political entities who will always do the right thing but they aren’t. In many parts of the country, the leadership of police departments are just as liberal as the local mayors and city councils. They can not be trusted to not allow politics to encroach on decisions of confiscation.

Even if this man was truly suicidal (again, there’s no evidence of that yet), the police had no right to go in and take his weapons out of his house. At best, they should have detained the man, got him an evaluation, and allowed him a chance to plead his case. Now that they’ve taken the weapons into their possession, he’ll never see them again. This is not how things are supposed to work in this country and shame on some conservatives for pushing this garbage.

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Video: Some Residents Mocked, Harassed Philly Police in the Middle of Standoff Where 6 Officers Were Shot

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Police officers take cover during a standoff in Philadelphia, PA – 8/14/19. Screen grab via ABC News.

As Red State‘s Thomas La Duke wrote Wednesday, there was a standoff yesterday in Philadelphia after a suspect police officers were serving a search warrant to related to narcotics opened fire.

Here’s a recap of what happened, via the Philly Inquirer:

A gunman who police say shot six city officers was in custody Thursday after surrendering to end a dramatic, 7 ½-hour standoff during which two officers were trapped in the rowhouse where the suspect was firing away.

Shots were first fired about 4:30 p.m. when narcotics officers tried to serve an search warrant at the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia.

Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said. The officers were not injured but they and the three people in custody were at risk of getting shot because the suspect on the first floor was firing into the ceiling. A SWAT team reached the five and removed from the building about 2 ½ hours before the suspect surrendered.

None of the six officers who were shot suffered life-threatening injuries and all were treated at hospitals and released, police said. At least three other officers sustained non-shooting injuries during the standoff. The gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, 36, was briefly hospitalized, then jailed, after the standoff.

The below video shows officers attempting to serve the search warrant, which is where you first hear shots fired and the standoff begins. A police officer is seen crawling out the front door towards the end of the video. He appears to be injured:

In the video below, officers can be seen crouching down beside their vehicles as shots were being fired from the residence:

Over 100 shots were reportedly fired during the 7 ½-hour ordeal.

But in the middle of all the chaos where officers and residents alike feared for their lives, some residents took it upon themselves to mock and harass some of the police officers and journalists who were covering the standoff:

CBS Philly‘s Alexandria Hoff reported on this during a 10 pm news segment, and reiterated it on her Twitter feed later:

While many on social media expressed outrage, others, such as NYC public defender Rebecca J. Kavanagh, characterized Hoff’s reporting as “racist” (because of course):

No comment from any of Hoff’s critics whatsoever on the abject stupidity and danger of a gunman deciding to open fire on police officers in a crowded neighborhood with a daycare nearby, which speaks volumes.

The videos are a stark reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day when they put on their uniforms and report for duty. Thank God the officers who were injured are expected to be okay.

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Alyssa Milano announcement: Fundraising to flip Rust Belt states in 2020

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Never mind the huge protests in Hong Kong that I cannot look away from on my television screen, never mind the political stories in America from the campaign trail, never mind a potential economic recession lurking, actress/activist Alyssa Milano has an ANNOUNCEMENT. I know it has to be important because she typed it in all caps. She also used red light emojis.

What is it now, Alyssa? Oh. It’s a new vanity project being funded by other people’s money. It’s “her” #2020Fund but you can pay for it.

Milano is partnering with Movement Voter Project, which will match $1 million in donations. She is targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential election because above all else, the bad Orange Man must be defeated. The money raised is to fund grassroots efforts in these states for voter engagement projects.

“Let’s start working together now on something we can all agree on: defeating Trump in the three states where he just barely won in 2016,” Milano said in a video on the fund’s website.

“These organizations empower youth, immigrants, women, people of color, and communities facing the worst of Republicans’ horrible policies,” she wrote on the website. “They fight tirelessly on the issues AND Get Out The Vote.”

She has a “brilliant new strategy” to stop Trump in these swing states and wants you to know about it. She’s counting on support from all the usual suspects because identity politics is a totally new idea for Democrats. Yes, she sounds that naive. Bless her heart.

The organizations in Michigan for which Milano will be raising money include Detroit Action, Michigan Liberation and Mothering Justice Action Fund. The Pennsylvania organizations for which she’s fundraising are 215 People’s Alliance, Pennsylvania Stands Up and Pennsylvania Student Power Network. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin-based organizations are Black Leaders Organizing Communities, Leaders Igniting Transformation Action Fund and Voces de la Frontera Action, Inc.

She calls this fundraising initiative the “most compelling strategy” to defeat the “orange-haired guy”. Wait. I thought his skin color is orange. I’m so confused. The appropriations from the money raised are vaguely described. It includes supporting volunteers, hiring staff, and canvassing neighborhoods. Translation: they have to raise money to pay for “volunteers”.

The missions of the organizations that will receive money from the fundraiser in Michigan sound just as vague as they intersect with standard grievances of those in perpetual victimhood. “Birth justice”? This is the pro-abortion crowd.

Detroit Action fights for political power and racial and economic justice for working-class Detroiters.

Michigan Liberation is dedicated to leadership development and the creation of campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and criminal justice reform statewide.

The Mothering Justice Action Fund advocates for affordable child care, birth justice, earned paid sick time, family medical leave insurance and raising the minimum wage.

According to Morning Consult, Trump’s approval numbers in Michigan are down 20 points, down 17 points in Pennsylvania, and down 20 points in Wisconsin. Trump has some campaigning to do. Look for him to be in these states often between now and Election Day 2020. As a matter of fact, he is in Pennsylvania today to tour a petrochemical plant.

I’ll end with this tweet from Milano. Monday was her daughter’s fifth birthday. She takes the opportunity to ask for yet more donations – this time for UNICEF. Her daughter is cute, if not a little bored, like most five-year-old kids.

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At Chemical Plant Under Construction, Trump Builds List of Grievances

MONACA, Pa. — President Trump’s appearance on Tuesday at the site of a multibillion-dollar chemical plant under construction here was ostensibly about energy policy.

Instead, the crowd of mostly white, male workers in bright orange and yellow construction vests was the audience for a 67-minute speech that was nearly indistinguishable from something that Mr. Trump would deliver at one of his campaign rallies.

Mr. Trump railed against China, President Barack Obama, the lawsuits he is facing, the money he claims being president has cost him, Hillary Clinton, Democrats running against him and, as always, his news coverage.

The president occasionally touched on energy policy as he claimed credit for one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The plans for the complex, which will convert natural gas into plastics, were in fact announced in 2012, while Mr. Obama was in office.

Still, Mr. Trump insisted that the state had the best “numbers” in its history, although he did not specify which numbers. “This would’ve never happened without me” and his voters, the president told the crowd.

“I’m going to speak to some of your union leaders to say, I hope you are going to support Trump,” he said. “O.K.? And if they don’t, vote them the hell out of office because they are not doing their job. It’s true. Vote them out of office.”

He talked about his time as a real-estate developer and said he enjoyed working with the Teamsters union. He applauded Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, and Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, both in the audience, for dismantling the obstacles that can stop projects similar to the one under construction in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump also praised fossil fuels and attacked those he said were trying to curtail their use.

In spite of “all of this exceptional progress, however, some politicians in this country still want to keep America’s vast energy treasures buried deep underground, let other nations take advantage of our country,” the president said. “Not happening anymore.”

At another point, he said, “Democrats in Congress are pushing hard for the Green New Deal,” referring to the congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change that Republicans have denounced.

“How about that one?” he said. “Where it puts everyone in this room out of work, I hate to tell you, a lot more people. Everybody out of work.”

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Mr. Trump singled out former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two of the Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination who are leading polls in the primary, and said: “I don’t think they give a damn about western Pennsylvania. Do you? I don’t think so.”

“They want to wipe out our oil,” he added. “They want to wipe out our natural gas industry as well. Allowing other countries to steal our jobs.”

The president praised the jobs the Royal Dutch Shell plant would create — about 600 full-time workers will be needed to operate it when it is complete and more than 6,000 workers will build it — along with the benefits that would be offered.

Once construction is complete, the 386-acre ethane cracker plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic. Shell says the plastic from the plant can be used to create fuel-efficient cars and medical devices.

Still, protesters argued that the plant was a threat to the environment and to people’s health. Several groups gathered at the Beaver County Courthouse before the president’s remarks to express their concerns that the plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets, at a time when there is increasing concern about plastic debris in the oceans and recycling continues to falter in the United States.

“The Shell plant you are visiting today will erase 30 years’ worth of air quality improvements if it begins operating,” a number of environmentalist and activist groups wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump urging that he stop supporting the plant and the industry as a whole.

Asked by reporters earlier in the day about plastic pollution, the president said that much of it is entering into the ocean from Asia.

He also told reporters it was simply “a retweet” when he highlighted on Twitter an unfounded conspiracy theory that suggested that Bill and Hillary Clinton, the former president and first lady, were linked to the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile. Mr. Epstein was found dead on Saturday of an apparent suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan as he awaited new charges.

“I have no idea,” Mr. Trump said, when asked whether he truly believed that the Clintons had something to do with the death of Mr. Epstein, who was once a friend of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Clinton.

The trip was the president’s 13th visit to Pennsylvania, which was a critical state for Mr. Trump in 2016 and will be again in 2020. David Urban, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign who was instrumental in helping him win Pennsylvania, was spotted on Air Force One when Mr. Trump arrived in Pittsburgh from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is on vacation.

The president was supposed to visit the plant last week but did not because of the two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso.

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At Chemical Plant Under Construction, Trump Builds List of Grievances

MONACA, Pa. — President Trump’s appearance on Tuesday at the site of a multibillion-dollar chemical plant under construction here was ostensibly about energy policy.

Instead, the crowd of mostly white, male workers in bright orange and yellow construction vests was the audience for a 67-minute speech that was nearly indistinguishable from something that Mr. Trump would deliver at one of his campaign rallies.

Mr. Trump railed against China, President Barack Obama, the lawsuits he is facing, the money he claims being president has cost him, Hillary Clinton, Democrats running against him and, as always, his news coverage.

The president occasionally touched on energy policy as he claimed credit for one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The plans for the complex, which will convert natural gas into plastics, were in fact announced in 2012, while Mr. Obama was in office.

Still, Mr. Trump insisted that the state had the best “numbers” in its history, although he did not specify which numbers. “This would’ve never happened without me” and his voters, the president told the crowd.

“I’m going to speak to some of your union leaders to say, I hope you are going to support Trump,” he said. “O.K.? And if they don’t, vote them the hell out of office because they are not doing their job. It’s true. Vote them out of office.”

He talked about his time as a real-estate developer and said he enjoyed working with the Teamsters union. He applauded Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, and Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, both in the audience, for dismantling the obstacles that can stop projects similar to the one under construction in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump also praised fossil fuels and attacked those he said were trying to curtail their use.

In spite of “all of this exceptional progress, however, some politicians in this country still want to keep America’s vast energy treasures buried deep underground, let other nations take advantage of our country,” the president said. “Not happening anymore.”

At another point, he said, “Democrats in Congress are pushing hard for the Green New Deal,” referring to the congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change that Republicans have denounced.

“How about that one?” he said. “Where it puts everyone in this room out of work, I hate to tell you, a lot more people. Everybody out of work.”

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_159238893_b1180c42-3176-4a72-8654-6dff7209888a-articleLarge At Chemical Plant Under Construction, Trump Builds List of Grievances Water Pollution United States Politics and Government Trump, Donald J Pennsylvania natural gas Labor and Jobs Green New Deal Factories and Manufacturing

Mr. Trump touring the facilities in what is his 13th visit to the state, which will be critical for him to win in the 2020 presidential election.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Mr. Trump singled out former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two of the Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination who are leading polls in the primary, and said: “I don’t think they give a damn about western Pennsylvania. Do you? I don’t think so.”

“They want to wipe out our oil,” he added. “They want to wipe out our natural gas industry as well. Allowing other countries to steal our jobs.”

The president praised the jobs the Royal Dutch Shell plant would create — about 600 full-time workers will be needed to operate it when it is complete and more than 6,000 workers will build it — along with the benefits that would be offered.

Once construction is complete, the 386-acre ethane cracker plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic. Shell says the plastic from the plant can be used to create fuel-efficient cars and medical devices.

Still, protesters argued that the plant was a threat to the environment and to people’s health. Several groups gathered at the Beaver County Courthouse before the president’s remarks to express their concerns that the plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets, at a time when there is increasing concern about plastic debris in the oceans and recycling continues to falter in the United States.

“The Shell plant you are visiting today will erase 30 years’ worth of air quality improvements if it begins operating,” a number of environmentalist and activist groups wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump urging that he stop supporting the plant and the industry as a whole.

Asked by reporters earlier in the day about plastic pollution, the president said that much of it is entering into the ocean from Asia.

He also told reporters it was simply “a retweet” when he highlighted on Twitter an unfounded conspiracy theory that suggested that Bill and Hillary Clinton, the former president and first lady, were linked to the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile. Mr. Epstein was found dead on Saturday of an apparent suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan as he awaited new charges.

“I have no idea,” Mr. Trump said, when asked whether he truly believed that the Clintons had something to do with the death of Mr. Epstein, who was once a friend of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Clinton.

The trip was the president’s 13th visit to Pennsylvania, which was a critical state for Mr. Trump in 2016 and will be again in 2020. David Urban, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign who was instrumental in helping him win Pennsylvania, was spotted on Air Force One when Mr. Trump arrived in Pittsburgh from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is on vacation.

The president was supposed to visit the plant last week but did not because of the two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso.

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At Chemical Plant Under Construction, Trump Builds List of Grievances

MONACA, Pa. — President Trump’s appearance on Tuesday at the site of a multibillion-dollar chemical plant under construction here was ostensibly about energy policy.

Instead, the crowd of mostly white, male workers in bright orange and yellow construction vests was the audience for a 67-minute speech that was nearly indistinguishable from something that Mr. Trump would deliver at one of his campaign rallies.

Mr. Trump railed against China, President Barack Obama, the lawsuits he is facing, the money he claims being president has cost him, Hillary Clinton, Democrats running against him and, as always, his news coverage.

The president occasionally touched on energy policy as he claimed credit for one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The plans for the complex, which will convert natural gas into plastics, were in fact announced in 2012, while Mr. Obama was in office.

Still, Mr. Trump insisted that the state had the best “numbers” in its history, although he did not specify which numbers. “This would’ve never happened without me” and his voters, the president told the crowd.

“I’m going to speak to some of your union leaders to say, I hope you are going to support Trump,” he said. “O.K.? And if they don’t, vote them the hell out of office because they are not doing their job. It’s true. Vote them out of office.”

He talked about his time as a real-estate developer and said he enjoyed working with the Teamsters union. He applauded Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, and Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, both in the audience, for dismantling the obstacles that can stop projects similar to the one under construction in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump also praised fossil fuels and attacked those he said were trying to curtail their use.

In spite of “all of this exceptional progress, however, some politicians in this country still want to keep America’s vast energy treasures buried deep underground, let other nations take advantage of our country,” the president said. “Not happening anymore.”

At another point, he said, “Democrats in Congress are pushing hard for the Green New Deal,” referring to the congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change that Republicans have denounced.

“How about that one?” he said. “Where it puts everyone in this room out of work, I hate to tell you, a lot more people. Everybody out of work.”

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_159238893_b1180c42-3176-4a72-8654-6dff7209888a-articleLarge At Chemical Plant Under Construction, Trump Builds List of Grievances Water Pollution United States Politics and Government Trump, Donald J Pennsylvania natural gas Labor and Jobs Green New Deal Factories and Manufacturing

Mr. Trump touring the facilities in what is his 13th visit to the state, which will be critical for him to win in the 2020 presidential election.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Mr. Trump singled out former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two of the Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination who are leading polls in the primary, and said: “I don’t think they give a damn about western Pennsylvania. Do you? I don’t think so.”

“They want to wipe out our oil,” he added. “They want to wipe out our natural gas industry as well. Allowing other countries to steal our jobs.”

The president praised the jobs the Royal Dutch Shell plant would create — about 600 full-time workers will be needed to operate it when it is complete and more than 6,000 workers will build it — along with the benefits that would be offered.

Once construction is complete, the 386-acre ethane cracker plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic. Shell says the plastic from the plant can be used to create fuel-efficient cars and medical devices.

Still, protesters argued that the plant was a threat to the environment and to people’s health. Several groups gathered at the Beaver County Courthouse before the president’s remarks to express their concerns that the plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets, at a time when there is increasing concern about plastic debris in the oceans and recycling continues to falter in the United States.

“The Shell plant you are visiting today will erase 30 years’ worth of air quality improvements if it begins operating,” a number of environmentalist and activist groups wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump urging that he stop supporting the plant and the industry as a whole.

Asked by reporters earlier in the day about plastic pollution, the president said that much of it is entering into the ocean from Asia.

He also told reporters it was simply “a retweet” when he highlighted on Twitter an unfounded conspiracy theory that suggested that Bill and Hillary Clinton, the former president and first lady, were linked to the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile. Mr. Epstein was found dead on Saturday of an apparent suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan as he awaited new charges.

“I have no idea,” Mr. Trump said, when asked whether he truly believed that the Clintons had something to do with the death of Mr. Epstein, who was once a friend of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Clinton.

The trip was the president’s 13th visit to Pennsylvania, which was a critical state for Mr. Trump in 2016 and will be again in 2020. David Urban, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign who was instrumental in helping him win Pennsylvania, was spotted on Air Force One when Mr. Trump arrived in Pittsburgh from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is on vacation.

The president was supposed to visit the plant last week but did not because of the two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso.

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