Trump vic­tory tour wraps up in Alabama

Pres­i­dent-elect salutes his sup­port­ers as nation’s true pa­tri­ots

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jonathan Lemire

mo­bile, ala.» Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump on Satur­day wrapped up his post­elec­tion vic­tory tour, show­ing few signs of turn­ing the page from his blus­tery cam­paign to fo­cus on unit­ing a di­vided nation a month be­fore his in­au­gu­ra­tion.

At each stop, the Republican has re­capped his elec­tion night tri­umph, reignited some old po­lit­i­cal feuds while start­ing some new ones, and done lit­tle to quiet the hate-filled chants of “Lock her up!” directed at Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Lit­tle changed at the tour’s fi­nale at the same football sta­dium in Mo­bile, Ala., that hosted the big­gest rally of his cam­paign. Trump saluted his sup­port­ers as true “pa­tri­ots” with lit­tle at­tempt to reach out to the more than half of the elec­torate that didn’t vote for him.

“We are re­ally the peo­ple who love this coun­try,” said Trump.

He rem­i­nisced about his cam­paign an­nounce­ment and his ride down Trump Tower’s golden es­ca­la­tor. His dis­puted a news­pa­per’s ac­count of the size of the crowd at one of his ral­lies and bashed the press as dis­hon­est. And he joked that he booked a small ball­room for his elec­tion night party so, if he lost, he “could get out!”

And he paid homage to the Au­gust 2015 rally here that he said jump-started his cam­paign. Although Satur­day’s crowd was not as large, it was no less fer­vid, re­peat­edly chant­ing “Build the

Line­ups and broad­cast times may change.

“State of the Union” 7 a.m. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. CNN “This week” 8 a.m. To be an­nounced. “Meet the Press” 9 a.m. For­mer De­fense Sec­re­tary Robert Gates; Sens. Shel­ley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; John Podesta, chair­man of Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. KUSA-Chan­nel 9, NBC “Fox News Sun­day” 8 a.m. Reince Priebus, chief of staff to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump; Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.; Clay Pell, Elec­toral Col­lege mem­ber from Rhode Is­land. KDVR-Chan­nel 31, Fox “Face the Nation” 9:30 a.m. Kellyanne Con­way, ad­viser to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump; for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Henry Kissinger; for­mer na­tional security ad­viser Tom Donilon. KCNC-Chan­nel 4, CBS

KMGH-Chan­nel 7, ABC

wall!” when Trump re­newed his vow to build an im­pen­e­tra­ble bor­der at the Mex­i­can bor­der.

“We’re thank­ing the peo­ple of Alabama and we’re thank­ing the peo­ple of the South be­cause, boy, did we do well,” said Trump, who re­mained un­de­terred when it be­gan to rain on the out­door sta­dium. “We’ll stay out here. To hell with this suit. I never liked this suit any­way.”

Trump brought his nom­i­nee for at­tor­ney gen­eral, Sen. Jeff Ses­sions of Alabama, on­stage to re­ceive cheers from his home­town crowd. When Trump’s plane landed, he re­ceived a water can­non salute from a pair of fire trucks and was then greeted by sev­eral Azalea Trail Maids, lo­cal women dressed in an­te­bel­lum South­ern Belle out­fits.

The rau­cous ral­lies, a hall­mark of his cam­paign, are meant to salute sup­port­ers who lifted him to the pres­i­dency. But these ap­pear­ances also have been his primary form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion since the Nov. 8 elec­tion.

Trump has es­chewed the tra­di­tional news con­fer­ence held by a pres­i­den­t­elect within days of win­ning. He has done few in­ter­views, an­nounced his Cabi­net picks via news re­leases, and con­tin­ues to rely on Twit­ter to broad­cast his thoughts and make pub­lic pro­nounce­ments.

Within days of beat­ing Clin­ton, Trump sug­gested to aides that he re­sume his cam­paign-style barn­storm­ing. Although he agreed to hold off un­til he as­sem­bled part of his Cabi­net, Trump has re­peat­edly spo­ken of his fond­ness for be­ing on the road. Aides are con­sid­er­ing more ral­lies af­ter he takes of­fice, to help press his agenda with the pub­lic — a pos­si­bil­ity that Trump em­braced from the stage Satur­day.

At the Penn­syl­va­nia rally, he launched into a 20-minute re­cap of his elec­tion night win. The crowd cheered as the pres­i­dent-elect slowly ticked off his vic­to­ries state by state.

Trump also thanked African-Amer­i­cans who didn’t vote, say­ing, “They didn’t come out to vote for Hil­lary. They didn’t come out. And that was a big — so thank you to the AfricanAmer­i­can com­mu­nity.”

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump cel­e­brates his vic­tory over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton dur­ing Satur­day’s rally at Ladd-Pee­bles Sta­dium in Mo­bile, Ala. Evan Vucci, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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