President-Elect Donald Trump will hold a rally in West Allis, Wisconsin this evening.
Trump will be speaking from the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. The event can be viewed live in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
This rally is a part of what the Trump transition team has been calling the “USA Thank You 2016” tour, which involves Trump paying a visit to key states that helped him win on November 8th. So far, Trump has held speeches in Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa.
Wisconsin is a state that was vital to Donald Trump’s victory. It was a part of the so-called “blue wall,” a collection of states that were thought to be very firmly in the Democratic corner and that Trump supposedly had no chance of winning. Michigan and Pennsylvania were also part of that blue wall, but Trump ended up winning all three by successfully appealing to working class voters.
However, Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was hardly decisive, as he ended up ahead of Hillary Clinton by just over 20,000 votes. Trump also won by a margin of less than one percent in both Michigan and Pennsylvania. If Hillary Clinton had earned a few thousand more votes in those three states, she would have been elected president, and so for that reason, the election was actually far closer than one might think when looking at the Electoral College total of 306 to 232.
Donald Trump has not held a press conference in 139 days. Instead, these rallies have been serving as the president-elect’s way of communicating with the public without having to be challenged with tough questions. Much has happened since Trump’s last rally that the president-elect will likely talk about tonight, including the announcement that ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson will be Trump’s pick for secretary of state. Several Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio and John McCain, have expressed skepticism over this choice and have indicated that they may not vote to confirm him.
Also since Trump’s most recent rally, The Washington Post reported that the Central Intelligence Agency recently concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the explicit purpose of helping Donald Trump win. There is not any evidence that they tampered with the vote itself; instead, it is believed that Russia hacked both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, but they intentionally only released information from the Democratic National Committee in order to help Trump.
Trump has questioned the findings of the CIA, calling their conclusion ridiculous.