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Donald Trump stops in Chester Township, Pa., Thursday for a rally in the battleground state. Hillary Clinton maintains a lighter schedule heading into the first debate next week.

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Trump orders sandwiches (in English) from Geno's, where controversial sign hangs

 (Mandel Ngan / Associated Press)
(Mandel Ngan / Associated Press)

At the famed Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, patrons have to order in English — at least, it’s strongly suggested.

Geno's, which sits across from its competitor, Pat's King of Steaks, has a sign plastered to its window telling customers: "This is America: When ordering 'speak English.'" Its founder, Joey Vento, who died in 2011, put the sign up as the neighborhood saw an increase in Latino residents.

Many political figures avoid eating at Geno's because of the sign, but not Donald Trump. He stopped by Thursday as he campaigned across Pennsylvania. 

Trump, whose anti-immigration policies form the core of his campaign, ordered and joked, "I think I'm going to get one for Hillary" Clinton. 

Asked about his preparation ahead of Monday's debate with Clinton, Trump said simply: "It's going great." Then he added: "Well, I'm here at Geno's. Unbelievable."

With a bag of sandwiches in hand, Trump returned to his motorcade after the short visit. No details were available about what he ordered.

Local elected officials have called for a boycott of Geno's after the sign was posted, and Vento was assailed as being discriminatory. He stressed that the sign was merely a suggestion and that he would not deny service to non-English speakers.

His dying wish was for the sign to remain posted — which it does. 

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