President-Elect Donald Trump will hold a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina this evening, his second stop on what the transition team is calling the “USA Thank You Tour.”
Trump will speak at the Crown Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The event can be viewed live in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
This “Thank You Tour” will include stops in swing states that helped Trump win the election on November 8th. It got started last week with an event in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later this week, Trump will be heading to Des Moines, Iowa and then to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Although Donald Trump is now the president-elect of the United States, his rally in Cincinnati last week was almost exactly the same as one of his campaign rallies; he played to his base by railing against the media, talking about building a wall along the southern border, and bragging about how he humiliated Ted Cruz during the Indiana Republican presidential primary. Also, when Trump began to talk about Hillary Clinton, his supporters chanted “lock her up.”
It remains to be seen if Trump will spend more time during these upcoming events reaching out to Americans who did not vote for him or speaking on acts of violence that have taken place since Election Day. For example, in Washington, D.C. on Monday, an armed man fired shots inside a pizza shop because he bought into a baseless online conspiracy theory that the restaurant was a cover for a secret child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. This conspiracy was spread on social media by Donald Trump’s supporters and by the chief of staff to Michael Flynn, Trump’s nominee for national security adviser.
During this Fayetteville rally, Donald Trump is expected to appear with General James Mattis and announce him as the nominee for secretary of defense. At an Ohio rally last week, Trump already revealed that Mattis would be the nominee, but he told supporters to look forward to an “official” announcement in a few days.