President-Elect Donald Trump delivered a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio this evening, during which he thanked citizens of the state for helping him win on November 8th.
Trump’s rally, which kicks off what he is calling the “Thank You Tour,” was very similar to the events he put on during his campaign, and he spent a significant amount of time talking about his impressive victory on Election Day. In fact, Trump devoted about 10 full minutes of his speech to ripping what he called “the extremely dishonest press,” and the entire auditorium booed the media in response.
The president-elect also doubled down on many of his campaign promises tonight, which should please those supporters who worried he might abandon these pledges after he won their vote. In particular, Trump once again discussed building a wall along the southern border and repealing Obamacare.
However, one area where Trump and his supporters seemed to disagree was on prosecuting Hillary Clinton. When Trump briefly mentioned Clinton, saying that it was fun to fight her during the election, his supporters immediately chanted “lock her up.” Trump then shook his head and moved on, not responding in agreement as he did during the campaign; Trump’s traditional response to that chant has been, “honestly, she should be locked up.”
Days after tweeting that those who burn the American flag should receive one year in jail and have their citizenship revoked, Trump asked the crowd if they felt the same way.
“Do you agree with my stance that if people burn the American flag there should be consequences?” Trump asked his supporters, who started to cheer and shout “USA,” clearly being on the same page as the incoming president.
The president-elect also announced that General James Mattis will be his nominee for defense secretary. This comes hours after the Mattis pick was reported in the media, although Trump’s staff initially responded by saying no decision had been officially reached.
“We’re going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense, but we’re not announcing it until Monday,” Trump said, jokingly asking the crowd not to tell anyone about the announcement while well aware of the fact that he was being broadcast on every news network.