Trump To Kick Off Victory/'Thank You' Tour In Ohio On Thursday

John Locher

The President-elect will kick off what his aides have billed as a “thank you tour” at a Thursday rally in Cincinnati, according to a Bloomberg report.

Donald Trump plans to visit key swing states and historically blue states that went red on November 8 to host the same sort of large, clamorous arena rallies that were a hallmark of his campaign.

The first event, at Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena, was actually a previous venue for a Trump rally, according to Bloomberg. Other stops have not yet been announced.

The tour is a highly unusual move for an incoming president, and comes as Trump is still filling key cabinet and administration posts.

While George Gigicos, director of Trump’s advance team, told reporters on November 17 that the arena rallies represent a “victory tour,” his campaign immediately backed away from such language.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway referred to it as a “thank you tour,” and Gigicos later in the same press scrum corrected a reporter who referred to it as a “victory” lap.

Gigicos said that the tour will involve visits to "the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over." Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida were all won twice by President Barack Obama before swinging to Trump this year.

Trump has broken with precedent by declining to hold a press conference in the days after his election. Though he has taken questions from individual reporters and smaller groups since, his last official press conference was on July 27.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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