Donald Trump will hold a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday evening, an event which will mark the beginning of the president-elect’s “Thank You Tour.”
Trump will speak from the U.S. Bank Arena on 100 Broadway Street beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. The event can be streamed live in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
When he was running for president, Donald Trump repeatedly hinted that he might keep holding rallies after Election Day because he enjoyed doing them so much. It was never clear how serious he was about that, but earlier this week, the campaign announced that Trump would kick off a “Thank You Tour” beginning in Cincinnati, Ohio. His second stop is expected to be in Des Moines, Iowa, although the time and venue have not yet been revealed.
Throughout this tour, the campaign says that they will be focusing on key states that helped Trump win the election earlier this month. Ohio and Iowa both make sense as first stops, then, particularly as Trump likely could not have been elected without Ohio. Other states Trump is likely to pay a visit to include Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Arizona, with Wisconsin and Michigan being the two that really pushed Trump over 270 Electoral College votes.
Cincinnati is an odd choice to kick off this tour in, though, considering that in Hamilton County, where Cincinnati is located, Hillary Clinton won with 52 percent of the vote. In Ohio as a whole, though, Donald Trump won with 52 percent of the vote.
Donald Trump is likely looking forward to getting on the road for this tour, as he gained much of his energy throughout the presidential election through his rallies and through interacting with supporters. It comes as Trump still has several key cabinet positions to fill, including secretary of state, although Trump has appointed about as many cabinet officials as previous presidents had done by this point in the transition.