One day after election officials confirmed Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes, President-elect Donald Trump brought his “Thank You Tour” to voters at the State Fairgrounds in West Allis.
Many of his relationships with GOP leaders were rocky during the campaign, but the showing last night proved bridges have been built.
Joining Trump on stage were top GOP leaders from the state, including Sen. Ron Johnson, Reince Priebus, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, Gov. Scott Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.
Trump praised the assistance from his former foes, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, saying, “I give a lot of credit to your governor,” adding, “I give a lot of credit to Paul Ryan.”
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
During his speech, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. mocked reports of Russian interference in the presidential election, calling it “the Russian conspiracy,” and said the United States intelligence should instead investigate George Soros and liberal threats against conservatives.
Duffy struck a similar tone, accusing Democrats — whom he called “whiny sore losers” — of trying to diminish Trump’s victory.
People lined up in the bitter cold for hours before Trump’s rally. Many came from Illinois, deciding to drive up to Wisconsin because Trump was not stopping in their state — which he lost.
Peggy Geldenreich drove from northern Illinois with her husband and son.
“We know he’s not going to come to Illinois but a friend told us he was coming to West Allis,” she said. “I like his message and I think he wants to put us back on the right track.”
The first people in line outside the State Fair Exposition Center were a couple from Nebraska who drove 13 hours to Trump’s rally, arriving at 3:30 a.m. and spending the next 12 1/2 hours in bitterly cold weather.
For more on Trumps return to Wisconsin, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.