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With Rants and Bluster, Trump Launches 'Thank You' Tour


With Rants and Bluster, Trump Launches 'Thank You' Tour

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President-elect Donald Trump launched his so-called "Thank You" tour on Thursday with a signature showboating speech in Ohio, disparaging the media and his political opponents and alternately inciting cheering and booing from the crowd, depending on what he was saying.


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I think the tour is Something You, but it is not Thank You


It was nice that Trump took a moment to say, "We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms." The crowd was stunned into total silence. After a few seconds Donald pivoted away from this obviously unappreciated thought.


Are you recounting something that actually happened in the speech? In these post-reality times it is hard to tell fictional anecdotes from fact-based anecdotes...


He said it. Heard the tape on NPR.


It's absolutely Hitler-esque in tone, in the relationship of speaker to audience, and, I suspect, in political intent. He himself is personally aggressive, condescending, bullying, and unapologetic, as it seems some (how many?) of his supporters are likewise. In our society these types will attempt to create a new normal of bigotry, authoritarian orthodoxy, and stunted ideological obedience.

With every stop along his grand tour he can further twist his base into an angry scowl meant to evoke mortal fear in anyone and everyone who detracts from "His Greatness." You can be sure he will have his egotistical ear to the ground and address each gathering anew with the rumblings of that day or how he (and by extension - they) are being unfairly treated.


This kind of "news" may have a wiggle-factor, but is completely unimportant. The mentally-challenged Trump is not going to be doing much of the running of the executive department. The fifteen cabinet secretaries, staff chiefs, and heads of other executive agencies like the EPA and FCC. Much smarter, and also much more hard-right, oligarchic, or militarist extremists, (many of them billionaires) will be running it.


Yes, our new emperor will listen to the opinions, think a second (or half second), and give the option thumbs up or down.


Thanks. The silence of the crowd to that remark is pretty spooky..


When will his remarks be translated? So, the 54% of Americans who didn't vote for him can figure out when Uncle & Auntie Whitey thinks America is sufficiently great, again.


The leader of ignorance and his followers. Nothing to be proud of about America taking place at that location in Ohio. The whole thing is a complete disgrace. But every country has its share of low life.characters. Our poorly informed easily misled citizens just happen to elect one as president. Let's just hope there is still a country here in four years and not some radioactive wasteland.


I wonder where the politically correct sentence came from. Did he read it off a teleprompter? That slip could raise suspicions among his supporters that he may not be as politically incorrect as they believe. His supporters want to say what they think no matter how offensive it is to others. Their idea of a society seems to be everyone shouting insults and threats at each other.


Now that Donald Trump, who refuses to divest from his business interests world wide, is the President we can all rest assured that the Executive Branch of the US Government will be as corrupt as the US House and Senate. The big difference is that the house and senate are corrupted by US multinational corporations but Trump will (is already) corrupted but both corporate America and foreign nations.


Now Trump can say that he has addressed the bigotry, etc. issue.




We are officially an oligarchy now. Fascism with orange hair.


I think you are spot on. It will be another Reagan reign to benefit the 1% interests.


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News has been making a big deal out of the 1000 jobs "saved" in Indiana. How about the 16 million that have been added since Obama was president. Why doesn't anybody remember that? Maybe it's because Trump is a white nationalist billionaire. At any rate, unemployment was at over ten per cent when Obama took office. Now it is down to five per cent. Why doesn't the news celebrate that? Shame on this country! We were in a depression. Why were so many people angry at Obama? He did not create the mess. However, he and Holder certainly could have put Wall Street and the real estate agencies on trial.