Donald Trump Meets His Mini-Me at Pennsylvania Rally
Donald Trump has met his mini-me.
At a rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee brought a little boy named Hunter Tirpak on stage who was nearly the spitting image of the 70-year-old businessman — right down to his signature hairdo.
Dressed in a suit and red power tie, the 2-year-old boy held tight to Trump — seemingly amazed by the crowd of thousands cheering him on.
“He’s supposed to look like Donald Trump, but he’s actually much too good-looking,” Trump said, after kissing Hunter on the cheek. “You are really handsome.”
Pointing to the boy’s parents, Trump asked “Do you want to go back to them or do you want to stay with Donald Trump?”
“Trump,” Hunter adorably replied as the crowd went wild.
It was Hunter’s first time at a Trump rally, but mom Jessica Tirpak’s second. The Tuscarora mom told Philly.com that dressing up Hunter as “baby Trump” is her way of “shedding some light on a negative campaign.”
Tirpak also admitted that she was taken aback by Trump’s lewd comments made in a 2005 conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush – but dismissed the comments about groping women when she stepped back to look at the “big picture.”
“Actions speak louder than words,” she said. “What you get from Donald Trump is edgy, but it’s real.”
While the moment was sweet, much of what was said at the Trump rally was not necessary meant for the ears of a toddler.
The loudest applause of the night came when attacking the media. “They are so dishonest,” he said, referencing a CNN focus group that suggested he lost Sunday’s debate. “Without the media, Hillary Clinton couldn’t be elected dogcatcher.”
The comments caused the crowd to chant “CNN sucks” over and over, and a group that reportedly included a small child chanted “drop dead media” as traveling press walked into the event.
And, despite his billionaire business suit and decidedly white collar, Trump said he’s really one of the working peeps.
“I consider myself, in a certain way, to be a blue collar worker,” he reportedly said.
Trump also read excerpts of controversial emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, which have been exposed by WikiLeaks over the past few months.
The emails claimed Clinton knew Benghazi was preventable, and that she told supporters behind closed doors that “terrorism is not a threat to the nation.”
“Lock her up!” the crowd chanted.