Trump keeps revel­ing in elec­tion win at Penn rally

Zinke picked as in­te­rior chief

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Don­ald Trump’s barn­storm­ing tour across the states that won him the White House con­tin­ues to fea­ture far more taunts of tri­umph than notes of heal­ing af­ter a bruis­ing elec­tion.

Thurs­day’s rally in Hershey, Penn­syl­va­nia, found the pres­i­dent-elect call­ing for the mostly white crowd to cheer for African-Amer­i­cans who were “smart” to heed his mes­sage and there­fore “didn’t come out to vote” for his Demo­cratic op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton. “That was the big thing, so thank you to the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity,” Trump said.

Trump’s vic­tory lap con­tin­ued last night with an event in Or­lando, Florida, then wraps up Satur­day in Mo­bile, Alabama. The pres­i­dent-elect boasted to the crowd in Penn­syl­va­nia on Thurs­day that he cap­tured a state that for many Re­pub­li­cans was “the bride that got away.” “Ev­ery­one leaves Penn­syl­va­nia, Re­pub­li­cans, think­ing they won Penn­syl­va­nia. And they never do. They just don’t win Penn­syl­va­nia,” said Trump. Penn­syl­va­nia had not gone for a Repub­li­can can­di­date since 1988. But the Trump cam­paign staff long thought that the state, rich in white work­ing-class vot­ers, would be re­cep­tive to his pop­ulist mes­sage and not be part of Clin­ton’s hoped-for fire­wall.

Trump re­peat­edly cam­paigned there, draw­ing some of the largest and loud­est crowds of the cam­paign. He won the state by less than 1 per­cent­age point, giv­ing him a vi­tal 20 elec­toral col­lege votes. The evening rally in Hershey also fea­tured a nearly 20-minute re­cap of Trump’s elec­tion night win with the crowd cheer­ing as the pres­i­dent-elect slowly ticked off his vic­to­ries state by state, mix­ing in ram­bling crit­i­cisms of in­cor­rect pun­dits and politi­cians from both sides of the aisle.

Trump also edged closer Thurs­day to com­plet­ing his Cab­i­net, an­nounc­ing his choice for in­te­rior sec­re­tary: Mon­tana Rep Ryan Zinke, who should fit smoothly into an ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­vor­ing more en­ergy drilling and less reg­u­la­tion. Trump praised Zinke, a for­mer Navy SEAL, as hav­ing “built one of the strong­est track records on cham­pi­oning reg­u­la­tory re­lief, forest man­age­ment, re­spon­si­ble en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic land is­sues.”

Zinke, 55, was an early sup­porter of the pres­i­dent-elect and pub­licly ex­pressed his in­ter­est in a Cab­i­net post when Trump vis­ited Mon­tana in May. As with sev­eral other Cab­i­net se­lec­tions, Zinke has ad­vo­cated in­creased drilling and min­ing on pub­lic lands and has ex­pressed skep­ti­cism about the ur­gency of cli­mate change. — AP

HERSHEY: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump speaks dur­ing a rally at the Gi­ant Cen­ter on Thurs­day in Hershey, Pa. —AP

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