Remember the time Donald Trump said, if elected, he would be “more effective and more disciplined.” In fact, he claimed he would be “so presidential and you people will be so bored?”
Well, that does not seem to be happening anytime soon.
The president-elect embarked on his “Hunger Games”-style victory tour to bask in the glory of his unexpected win and say, “told you so” to everyone who ever doubted him — which actually makes for a number of people. After all, there weren’t many who thought America would elect a man who said “grab ‘em by the p****” over a former secretary of state who could’ve been the first female U.S. president.
The billionaire business mogul kicked off his “Thank You Tour” in Ohio in what seemed like an encore to his raucous campaign rallies. Die hard supporters showed up in their vintage “Make America Great Again” caps and burst out in “lock her up!” and “build the wall” chants as if it were a reunion tour.
Actually, come to think of it, it was exactly that.
In his first post-election rally, Trump was supposed to give America a message of unity. Instead, he rehashed and gloated about defeating his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“We did have a lot of fun fighting Hillary, didn’t we?” he asked the audience after stating, “America is going to start winning again, big league.”
His words unsurprisingly brought back the old “lock her up” chants.
Trump also made a surprise announcement.
“I don’t want to tell you to this, I refuse to tell you, don’t let it outside of this room,” he said amid loud cheers. “I will not tell you that one of our great, great generals, don’t let it outside, we are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense and we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell it to anybody.”
The president-elect also made a statement against racists, xenophobes and white nationalists who appear to have been celebrating his victory by harassing and assaulting members of minority communities.
"We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” he exclaimed, not even bothering to mention the appalling Nazi-salute controversy. “We denounce all of the hatred and forcefully reject the language of exclusion."
Then, just like his campaign rallies, Trump launched a tirade against “the dishonest media.” He began by expressing his displeasure at television networks for taking too long to call his win in Pennsylvania — “We won in a landslide. We didn’t have the press, the press was brutal” — and ended it by pointed directly singling out reporters covering the event inside the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
“The people back there, the extremely dishonest press. Very dishonest people,” he bellowed. “I mean, how dishonest.”
Sadly, the rally was just another proof that Trump is not going to change — or act presidential, as he promised — once he is in the White House. Instead, he will be just an even smugger version of what he used to be before Nov. 9.
On the other hand, the rally was not all that bad. At least this happened:
Man imitates Pepe the frog at Trump rally and declines to give name, says he's "only a meme." Stays in character for whole interview. pic.twitter.com/3U8HinClaC— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) December 1, 2016
This gentleman has been standing in line since 7AM for the Trump victory tour pic.twitter.com/cLHrtYnMm8— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 1, 2016