President-Elect Donald Trump is embarking on a tour across the country to celebrate his big win on November 8th.
The Trump team is referring to this as a “Thank You Tour,” during which the president-elect will visit key swing states and express his gratitude. His next rally will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and tickets are available on the Trump website.
Then, on Thursday, December 8th, Trump will hold a rally at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and tickets are available on the Trump website.
After that, Trump is headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday, December 9th. The event will take place at the DeltaPlex Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and tickets are available on the Trump website.
This tour got started on Thursday, December 1st with a rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even though the election is over, this event felt very much like a Trump campaign rally, complete with “lock her up” chants and complaints about press coverage. Trump did speak from a teleprompter using prepared remarks, but he went off script quite often and embraced the stream-of-consciousness style that helped popularize his campaign rallies in the first place.
Taking a look back at the Election Day results, it’s easy to guess where Trump will probably be headed next. For one, he will almost certainly pay a visit to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two rust belt states that were absolutely essential in securing 270 Electoral College votes. Winning Wisconsin allowed Trump to break through the so-called “blue wall,” a collection of states that were considered to be firmly in the Democratic camp.
“We didn’t break it,” Trump said of the blue wall at his Cincinnati rally. “We shattered that sucker. We shattered it, man. That poor wall is busted up.”
Other states where Trump will likely be holding rallies include Arizona and Florida. Florida was particularly important for Trump, as this state is worth 29 electors and it was thought to be a toss-up all the way up until election night. A frequent campaign stop for Trump was New Hampshire, but he ended up losing this state on Election Day, and so it will not be a part of his tour.
Trump repeatedly hinted during the campaign that he might continue to hold rallies even after he won the presidential election. These rallies were the source of much of Trump’s energy while running for president, and they were where he was able to fine-tune many of his ideas and slogans like “lock her up” and “drain the swamp.” These events typically drew crowds of between 5,000 and 10,000 people.
And now that Trump is generally avoiding doing interviews with anyone other than Sean Hannity, these rallies, which are broadcast live on cable news, allow the president-elect to communicate with the American people directly.
As was the case during the campaign, Trump’s rallies will also be streamed live on YouTube for those not able to attend, and tickets will be available for free on Trump’s website.