Viewers can watch Donald Trump’s victory tour live online and see the president-elect as he makes and appearance at the Carrier Plant in Indianapolis and later leads a large rally in Cincinnati.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, large events were Donald Trump’s bread and butter. The Republican candidate traveled across the country, often making two or three visits in a single day before largely adoring crowds. That will not end now that Trump has won the presidential election, with a large — and largely controversial — victory tour kicking off on Thursday with two appearances.
Video of Donald Trump’s visit to the Carrier Plant in Indianapolis can be seen below. He and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are scheduled to make an appearance at 2 p.m. ET.
Streaming video of Donald Trump’s victory tour appearance in Cincinnati can be seen in the video below. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Donald Trump has dubbed the appearances the “USA Thank You Tour,” and it is kicking off in one of the most important regions for Trump. The Republican won both of the states that he will visit on Thursday, taking both Indiana and Ohio en route to an electoral college win.
The visit to the Carrier Plant in Indianapolis will be particularly important for Donald Trump. During the campaign, he vowed to pressure the air conditioning company to scrap plans to move nearly 2,000 jobs to a plant in Mexico. This week, the company announced that it had struck a deal with Trump and Pence to keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis.
But amid the news, there were concerns over exactly what Trump and Pence had promised to Carrier in exchange for keeping some jobs, and how much taxpayer money might be involved. Others were worried about which jobs might remain in the United States as hundreds more still move to Mexico.
“Who is going to be retained? What is the structure there will be for the retention? What is going to be put in place?” Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, told The Associated Press. “Are these the same jobs at the same wage? I would sure like to know as soon as I can.”
This will be Trump’s fourth visit to the Greater Cincinnati area since March, the Cincinnati Enquirer noted. During the campaign, Trump said he had a special affinity for the region where he worked on one of the first major projects of his real estate career, the report added.
Some opponents have called Donald Trump’s victory tour an exercise in ego, noting that it will come at great cost to taxpayers who are footing the bill for Trump’s Secret Service detail.
But other experts note that the victory tour could be an important step in Trump reaching out to Americans nervous about what his presidency will entail.
“I don’t have a problem with it at all… (because) he has a lot of work to do to unify the country around his presidency,” Allan Lichtman, a political analyst and history professor at American University, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t know if it will work or not. As it is with his entire life, I think this is all about his ego.”
Those who watch streaming video of Donald Trump’s victory tour appearances at the Carrier Plant and in Cincinnati will also hear some of the first public words from Trump since his election. The Republican has largely avoided the press since being elected, announcing this week that his first press conference will not come for another two weeks.
As Quartz noted, Trump has used social media to bring his message directly to Americans, which the victory tour will likely accomplish as well.
“Social media has made it possible for Trump to hold off on a press conference for this long—the longest of any president-elect since 1976. Trump has shed light on key pieces of his transition, like who he’s considering for his cabinet and his plans for his first hundred days in office, through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, instead of through the mainstream media.”
Those unable to watch Donald Trump’s victory tour appearances live online will be able to watch a full replay in the embedded videos above.
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