In a seemingly distracted speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Trump made a surprising and bizarre comment about former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. While reading what seem to be bullet points directly from a piece of paper, Trump said “I know a lot about Pennsylvania, and it’s great. How’s Joe Paterno? Are we gonna bring that back?” The crowd begins booing as a confused Trump continues: “How about that whole…about that whole deal…and we love Penn State, do we love Penn State?”
Joe Paterno died in 2012 after being forced into retirement amid allegations of a coverup involving Jerry Sandusky and years of sexual assaults on children. Is Trump suggesting that Penn State “bring back” a dead man who “retired” in disgrace after allegations of covering up decades of child sex abuse?
According to a campaign spokesperson, Trump was supposed to be referring the the statue of Paterno that was removed from Penn State, but didn’t read that part from his notes, and made no mention of a statue in the speech.