Donald Trump Embarks on ‘Thank You’ Tour: ‘We Did Have a Lot of Fun Fighting Hillary, Didn’t We?’

Still the same old Trump. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President–elect Mike Pence kicked off their “Thank You" tour on Thursday, December 1, with a rally at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena.

The business mogul, 70, delivered his first major address since winning the election in the swing state, which helped him to victory with its 18 electoral votes. In the speech, he repeated many of his campaign platforms and his views on the media and made an early announcement about a cabinet nomination.

“Today we made history, and now the real work begins. That is the second reason that I’m here today, I’m going to discuss the action plan to make America great again. Although we did have a lot of fun fighting Hillary [Clinton], didn’t we?” he said, while the crowd chanted “Lock her up.”

President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the first stop of his postelection tour, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati.
President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the first stop of his postelection tour, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/John Minchillo

The former Apprentice host outlined his agenda, which included bringing back manufacturing jobs, abolishing Obamacare, building the wall on the Mexican border, and destroying ISIS. “This campaign proved that the old rules no longer apply, that anything we want for our country is now possible,” he said. “Anything we want, right? Now is not the time to downsize our dreams, but to set our sights higher than ever before for our country."

Trump couldn’t help but announce his pick for secretary of defense onstage, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. “We have a great, great cabinet. Wait till you see next week. I don’t want to tell you this, because I want to save the suspense for next week,” he said. “I refuse to tell you, so I will not tell you that one of our great, great generals, we are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense.”

Of course, he also used the opportunity to brag about his wins in Midwest states that usually vote Democratic (including Wisconsin and Michigan), saying that he didn’t just “break the blue wall, we shattered it.” Plus, he once again attacked the “dishonest” media for how they covered the presidential election. “How about when a major anchor who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won? How about that?” he said, referring to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “Tears! And you know what she doesn’t understand? Things are going to be much better now.”

Trump is looking to continue his victory tour in other big battleground states that voted for the Republican, including North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He will not be traveling to states that went in favor of his Democratic rival, Clinton, who is currently leading in the popular vote with 64,874,143 votes to Trump’s 62,516,883.

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