Ben Waxman, press secretary for state Sen. Vincent Hughes, was standing in the hallway outside of the senator’s office when all of a sudden somebody said, “Trump’s down there.”
Not that Trump. Eric Trump. Still, it came as a surprise.
“I didn’t know he was going to be in the building,” Waxman said.
Trump was visiting Harrisburg to meet with the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe led him through the capitol.
Metcalfe is a state rep for the 12th District in Western Pennsylvania. He’s best known recently for blocking anti-discrimination laws (Metcalfe has also been in trouble because of his visitors; he once invited a man with white nationalist ties and later defended him on the House floor).
A Trump spokesperson has not responded to a request for why his son was visiting with the Pennsylvania FOP. The national FOP endorsed Donald Trump for President.
Eric Trump also visited with the Pennsylvania House. Several members were formally endorsing Donald Trump in a press conference.
As Trump walked around the capitol, he was being stopped for photos by a small group following. Waxman even stopped Trump for a photo of his own, with Metcalfe snapping it for him.
He said he collects photos with right-wing political figures and also has pictures with Sarah Palin and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
“In no way,” Waxman said, “am I Trump supporter.”