The first stop in President-elect Donald Trump’s “thank you tour" quickly turned into a victory lap for the real estate magnate to revel in his surprising win and bash the naysayers that believed he had no shot at the White House.
Trump’s Thursday speech in Ohio largely mirrored the popular rallies that were a mainstay of his presidential campaign. The businessman boasted about his upset of Hillary Clinton, railed against the media, and chided politicians that counted him out or refused to back him.
“Our victory was so great, we have the House, we have the Senate, we have the presidency,” Trump said at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. “People are constantly telling me and telling you to reduce our expectations. Now is not the time to downsize our dreams.”
He set his eyes on the “dishonest” media and the conventional wisdom that a blue wall in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin would buoy Clinton no matter what happened.