Donald Trump continued his “Thank You Tour” in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday spouting some of the same lines he did during the campaign. He promised to make America great again and “build up the military,” but without the unrestrained rambling that made up his incendiary campaign speeches, the whole ordeal was fairly boring.
The only real excitement came when, during Trump’s long and pointless victory speech, protesters interrupted him by carrying an “Iowa Says No to Hate” sign through the venue. They were escorted out by security with no raging at the crowd from the man the electoral college votes made president of a country to “knock the crap out of” anyone or promises to pay the legal fees of supporters who assaulted his detractors.
Protesters w/ “Iowa Says No Hate” banner getting escorted out: pic.twitter.com/KUTpkhY2rL
— Steffi S. Lee (@SteffiSLee) December 9, 2016
Instead, Trump showed that he knew exactly how horrible his behavior was during those earlier rallies by laughing off the protesters now that he’s been elected by a minority of voters in the country and saying the detractors are actually supporters who “just don’t know it yet.”
After protester disrupts speech, Trump says, “I think they’re actually on our side, they just don’t know it yet.” https://t.co/hK5DlgPdDU
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 9, 2016
While Trump may be trying to appear more presidential with his new, laugh-it-off attitude, it also proves he knew exactly what he was doing on the campaign trail. Whether his divisive behavior during rally speeches was actually harmful or stirred his basket of deplorables to physically assault people exercising their constitutional right to protest was not his concern back then.
While Trump may be walking back his insult-fest in rally speeches, have no fear, Trumpkins. He remains the King of Twitter insults, proving that he is still the same thin-skinned toddler bully he was throughout the campaign.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
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