President-elect Donald Trump is coming to Alabama this weekend as part of his post-election victory tour. "Trump! Trump!" the president-elect crowed his approval of the state, saying voters "propelled" the campaign to "a historic win for the American worker and the American people".
At each stop, the Republican gloatingly recapped his election night triumph, reignited some old political feuds while starting some new ones, and did little to quiet the hate-filled chants of "Lock her up!" directed at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. At the end of the night, he joked that he offered to buy the Clinton campaign's fireworks "for five cents on the dollar". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
"We are going to be so successful as a country again", Trump told a rally Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. "...you've won and you feel great about it and you don't have to go totally wild, right? Because I worked as hard as you can work'". The intelligence community, notably the CIA, believes that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 elections.
But he did veer from his prepared remarks to respond with a biting criticism of a New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, calling him a "clown" and "demented".
Thousands of people who waited in line for hours were enamored by Trump's speech, in which he promised he would end Obamacare and Common Core if he were elected to the White House.
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Trump was introduced by Stephen Miller, a Session staffer off Capitol Hill who became a top campaign advisor, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman throughout the entire, 18-month campaign.
In August 2015, Trump drew a crowd of some 30,000 supporters to the Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
"This is where it all began; remember that incredible rally we had?" he said. Aides said the president-elect probably would spend Christmas week there and could remain at the Florida resort until New Year's. That was the beginning.
While Bentley attended Saturday's rally, he was not among the speakers, which included Sessions, Conway, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, former State Rep. Perry Hooper, who headed up the Trump campaign in Alabama and Alabama Attorney Gen. Luther Strange.