Trump touts recount victory in West Allis
President-Elect thanks Wisconsin republicans
WEST ALLIS, Wis. — President-Elect Donald Trump thanked supporters and touted his victory in Wisconsin at a rally in West Allis Tuesday night.
Trump’s victory was reaffirmed Monday when a statewide recount was finished, showing him gaining 131 votes in the final tally over what was originally reported in the statewide canvass.
“You know I called it a scam but I won’t say that because we want to be nice ok,” Trump said at the event at State Fair Park. “I refuse to say it was a scam tonight, alright, this way they can’t report that I said it.”
Trump told the crowd that democrats were behind the recount, which was requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
“All that money, all that time, all that effort, we added, we got 131 votes more than we had before,” Trump said. “I think it was worth it. Whether they spent $3.5 million, $4 million for 131 votes, that’s ok. Tells you how important every single vote in America is right?”
The President-Elect appeared at the West Allis event with Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence, Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson and RNC Chair and incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Trump took the opportunity to thank all of them, after being at odds with some at times during the campaign.
“I went against him for a while and I want to tell you he was tough,” Trump said of Walker. “So now it’s going to be your turn very soon. You and Pence are going to have to fight it out.”
When Trump brought up Ryan’s name, some of the crowd booed.
“Oh no, I’ve come to appreciate him,” Trump said. “Honestly, he’s like a fine wine. Every day goes by I get to appreciate his genius more and more. Now if he goes against me I’m not going to say that.”
Trump also defended his announcement Tuesday of his choice of Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Republicans and democrats have raised concerns about Tillerson’s relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin.
“Rex is friendly with many of the leaders in the world that we don’t get along with and some people don’t like that,” Trump said. “That’s why I’m doing the deal with Rex because I like what this is all about and we’re going to have someone very special.”
The West Allis crowd numbered in the thousands, and some said they came to the event because they were excited about what happens next.
“I think we’re very depleted as a country,” said Charlotte Plehn of East Troy. “I’m in the armed forces and I respect him as a leader and think he’s going to do great things for us.”
Charles Kornowski of West Allis said he’d worked to help elect Trump and praised his cabinet picks.
“He’s done more than our current administration in three weeks than our current administration has done in eight years,” Kornowski said.
Trump will take his “Thank you” tour to Pennsylvania and Florida this week and will be sworn in January 20th.