Trump 'Thank You Tour' Stop In Wisconsin: I Left Nothing On The Table, Nothing On The Field

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PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP: Merry Christmas, everybody. Happy new year, but merry Christmas. I’m here today for one main reason, to say thank you to the people of Wisconsin, incredible people.

And you know a wonderful thing because now after millions and millions of dollars were wasted, and countless hours were spent, the recount vote has come back.

You know I called it a scam but I won’t say that because we want to be nice. Okay? So I refuse to say it was a scam tonight. All right? This way they can’t report that I said it. And after all of this money was spent, by the Democrats, believe me, they were behind it, okay. And the green party. Wonderful party. She got less than 1% but she thought she was going to catch us.

[ Laughter ]

All that money, all that time, all that effort we added, we got 131 votes more.

[Cheers and applause]

Than we had before. I think it was worth it. What did they spend 3.5 million for 131 votes. That’s okay.

Tells you how important every single vote in America is. Right? We won Wisconsin for the first time since 1984.

[Cheers and applause]

32 years ago. You went out and you pounded the pavement, organized your fellow citizens. And propelled to victory a grassroots movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Now, all over the world they’re talking about this. And they’re now comparing what is happening in other places, far away places with what happened here. So, and brexit now is sort of a small version of what we did. But I predicted brexit. When I predicted brexit they all said he doesn’t know what he is talking about. And when it happened, they refused to acknowledge that I predicted. It was just — I will never forget you and I will never ever stop fighting for you.

[Cheers and applause]

Okay? Never. I’m honored to be here tonight with our incredible Wisconsin leadership team.

Sheriff David Clarke, where are these people?

[Cheers and applause]

Sheriff Clarke. Senator Ron Johnson, come from behind. He came from behind. Governor Scott walker, where is Scott? Oh, man. He was tough. He was great. Is he great governor. He really is is he a great person and is he a great governor. And I went against him for a while and I want to tell you he was tough. So now it’s going to be your turn very soon. I don’t know. You and pence are going to have to fight it out. I don’t know.

[ Laughter ]

Thank you, governor. I appreciate it.

Speaker Paul Ryan, I’ve really come to…

[Crowd booing]

Oh, no. I have come to appreciate him. Speaker Paul Ryan. Where is the Speaker? Where is he? He has been, tell you, he has been terrific.

Honestly, he is like a fine wine.

[ Laughter ]

Every day goes by I get to appreciate his genius more and more. If he ever goes against me I’m not going to say that is he a great guy. We have some amazing things in store. And we’re going to work on taxes. We’re going to work on Obamacare. We’re going to work on — and he is going to lead the way. Thank you. We are going to work on the wall, Paul.

[Cheers and applause]

It’s true. Somebody said, look at these guys. You think we are playing games. Somebody said the other day, well now that trump won, he is really not going to build the wall. I said what are you? We’re going to build the wall, okay? Believe me. We’re going to build the wall. We have to. We have got to stop the drugs from coming in and the wall is going to be a big, big factor.

And I also want to thank a man who is another star from your territory. Some very good water in this state. Chief of staff reince priebus. Fantastic guy. Fantastic guy. He has done an incredible job. Now is he a super star. You know, I thought he was a super star. But you have got to win to be a super star. Right? You have got to win. I said Ryans, you are a super star but we got to win first before I really go crazy. And we won so now you’re the super star that we said. Together we’re going to Washington.

Are you okay? Do we have a doctor in the house, please? Doctor in the house? Doctor in the house? Okay. Good. We love this lady. Doctor in the house. Thank you. We love this lady. We love everybody. We love everybody.

That woman who I have seen before is terrific. Make sure she is perfect. Make sure she is okay. Take your time. We have time. Right? We have time.

[Cheers and applause]

[Cheers]

Together we’re going to make Washington answer to the people once again. We’re going to put the government to work for you, first time in a long time. The whole world is recognizing our movement. It’s because of you. And, by the way, again, a movement that they’ve never seen before. They never knew — they didn’t know what hit them. They didn’t know what happened. And it’s because of you that we, all of us, we’re just honored with the “Time” magazine person of the year.

[Cheers and applause]

And just a little while ago was announced that we were also honored with the financial “Times” person of the year.

So that’s great. See, in the old days it was called the man of the year, right? Okay. So let me do this. We have a lot of women here. We have got to do it. Do you mind? Would you prefer I will go ‘person of the year,’ ‘man of the year.’ Person of the year, man of the year. Okay. What should it be?

I’m doing it for all of your politicians over here. Not that we are going to change at this point. Would you rather see person of the year… man of the year?

[Cheers]

These guys are so politically correct. Now, so far I have done that three times. Person of the year is not doing well. I also want to give a very special thanks to all of our great veterans that are here, service members, military families.

[Cheers and applause]

By the way, the military and law enforcement, I don’t know what our numbers were, but I know they were record-setting highs. So, to all of those veterans and service people and law enforcement people, I want to thank you because you are special people special people.

Because the fact is that America’s men and women in uniform are the finest and bravest the world has ever known. We are going through something very, very difficult in the world and even in our country. The world has ever known. So to all of you who have worn the uniform I say to you now on behalf of a very grateful nation thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

[Cheers and applause]

We’re in your debt and we’ll never let you down. We will honor your service and sacrifice.

And that begins with defending and respecting the American flag.

[Cheers and applause]

[Chanting U.S.A.]

We don’t like seeing people burning our American flag, okay? We don’t like it.

[Crowd boos]

We’re going to take a look at that. All right? We are going to take a look at that we will all take a look at that together. One man who understands the meaning of service is somebody that’s become unbelievably popular because he is tough, he’s strong, and he doesn’t lose General “Mad Dog” Mattis, right?

[Cheers and applause]

He is a popular guy because of his record.

Do you ever hear of somebody named Vince Lombardi?

[Cheers]

We like people to win. We want to start winning again. Our country is going to start winning again, okay?

[Cheers and applause]

Would anybody like to keep it the way it is? I don’t think. We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We will win so much go to Paul Ryan and say, ‘Mr. Speaker, please, we can’t stand winning this much. We can’t take it.’ He is going to come to see me and say, ‘Mr. President, the people in Wisconsin are tired of winning so much. You are winning with health care, we’re winning on the border. We are winning with ISIS,” because we are going to get ISIS out.

“We’re winning all over, Mr. President. We can’t take it anymore.” Say, “Paul, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. You have to go back and tell them we’re going to keep winning and winning and winning, whether they like it or not.” Last week I formally announced my plans to nominate General Mattis as your new Secretary of Defense. And I believe we’re in the process of putting together one of the great cabinets. Certainly a cabinet with the highest IQ that anybody has ever — I mean, these are seriously great people.

[Cheers and applause]

Did you say today the president of Goldman Sachs and we have General Kelly. We have incredible people. Dr. Ben Carson. Great guy.

[Cheers and applause]

It’s going to be one of great cabinets. Industry, arts, science, reaching out and wanting to find ways to help. Today as an example in my office, the great Jim Brown, right?

Jim Brown. Bill Gates. Anna Winter. Kanye. That’s right.

[Cheers and applause] I like Kanye. Ray Louis. We have had so many people that come up and want to be a part of what we’re doing. And we want to use everybody. We want to use all of the brain power because we’re going to bring us back. We’re going to be not only great. We’re going to be greater than ever before. You watch. You watch. Tomorrow coming up to the office the true giants of Silicon Valley. We’re going to talk about how to grow jobs. We’re going to talk about how they can stay on top. We’re going to talk about a lot of great things. But the real giants are coming up tomorrow. So it’s going to be great.

Today I announced my plans to nominate Rex Tillerson, right?

[Cheers and applause]

Chief executive officer and chairman of Exxon Mobil to be the next Secretary of State. Rex is one of the greatest and most skilled global business leaders of our time. Makes the greatest deals ever made in the oil industry or any industry, a great diplomat. A strong man, a tough man. A man who has already earned an avalanche of endorsements and growing praise from our nation’s top leaders, including Condoleezza Rice, Bob Gates, James baker. Dick Cheney, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and so many more. And people are looking at this resume and honestly they have never seen a resume like this before. Rex will be a fierce advocate for America’s interests around the world and has the insight and talents necessary to help reverse years of foreign policy blunders and disasters.

[Cheers and applause]

Blunders and disasters. Very excited about Rex. Rex is many friendly with leaders in the world we don’t get along with. Some people don’t like that. They don’t want him to be friendly.

That’s why I’m doing the deal with Rex. I like what this is all about. We’re going to have somebody who is going to be very special. America has been caught in a cycle of failed interventions that have weakened our security and undermined, totally our stability. We’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East. $6 trillion. Do you know what that is? We could have rebuilt our country three times. And, yet, the situation today is far worse than when we started 15 years ago. Far worse. It’s not even a contest. It’s a mess.

The cost of both dollars and lives has been immense we need a new direction.

We need a new direction.

[Cheers and applause]

America’s foreign policy has lacked a clear vision a clear goal, and a clear understanding of the threats and the threats are immense. Instead of jumping recklessly from one intervention to another, my administration will build a long term strategy for stability, prosperity, peace, and rebuilding our own country, folks. We’re going to rebuild our country.

[Cheers and applause]

We need it. That strategy will be guided by our principles and patriotism. Goodwill among our nations. Strengthening of vital alliances and the pursuit of shared goals when interests align and we will not be taken advantage of by other countries.

[Cheers and applause]

We will not be. No more. No more.

We will get along great with other countries. We will not be taken advantage of. Our goal is not to build new nations in far off lands that most of have you never even heard of. But to crush ISIS, we have no choice. And to defeat radical islamic terrorism.

[Cheers and applause]

My administration, with the represent of Paul and Ron and everybody will also rebuild our badly depleted military and take care of our great veterans the way they should have been taken care of for a long time.

[Cheers and applause]

We are building this up great military power in the hope we never have to use it we believe strongly in peace through strength. Our military is going to be modern and powerful again.

Believe me.

[Cheers and applause]

But to be a strong nation, we must also be a rich nation. Doesn’t sound so nice. A woman came up to me, she said, “Mr. Trump, I love your speech but I don’t like when you say rich nation.” I said, “Ma’am, you are a fabulous woman, but if we’re not going to be a rich nation we can’t rebuild our military. We can’t take care of all of the problems we have, including our medical problems.” So we’re going to be a rich nation. After I spoke to her for a few minutes, she was okay. She was okay.

[ Laughter ]

My administration will be focused on three very important words: Jobs, jobs, jobs.

[Cheers and applause]

Whether it’s building cars, producing steel or curing disease, we want the next generation of innovation and production to happen right here in America and right here in Wisconsin. Right?

[Cheers and applause]

First on taxes this is where we really need Paul. We are going to undertake one of the great tax reforms and simplifications in American history. This includes a massive tax cut for the middle class and middle class families from Wisconsin, too.

[Cheers and applause]

We’re also going to lower our business tax rates so that so that new company also come to our shores and hire workers in cities like right here. Is that okay? That’s what we want.

We’re going to bring our rates down from 35%. Going to try to get it down to 15%. So right now, and by the way the jobs will pour in. So right we’re the highest taxed nation in the world. And when we finish we will be one of the lower taxed.

[Cheers and applause]

One of the lower. On regulations which is perhaps even more important because our companies are dying and being strangled through regulation. We are going to eliminate all wasteful job killing regulations. On energy, we will cancel the restrictions on the destruction of American energy, including shale, natural gas, and clean beautiful coal. We’re going to put our miners back to work.

[Cheers and applause]

On infrastructure I will ask Congress to pass legislation that produces $1 trillion of new investment in America’s crumbling infrastructure. And it is crumbling. You know, I have a friend, big guy, one of the biggest in the world, trucking, and he used to buy these beautiful trucks. Beautiful, beautiful, the most expensive. And he calls me up recently and says I can’t buy them anymore because we go from California to New York and by the time they get to new York, or California, if they are going the other way they are all beat to hell because of the potholes in the highways. I said was it ever like this? He has been doing this for 45 years. He said never been like this. So we have to fix our infrastructure we have no choice.

And we’re going to put our people back to work in the process. It’s time to help get Americans off of welfare and back into the labor market.

[Cheers and applause]

Rebuilding this country with American hands and with American workers. My administration will follow two simple rules. Buy American and hire Americans. Americans, right?

We’re going to do it. Because from now on it’s going to be America first, America first.

[Cheers and applause] I look at. So deals we make and treaties and everything and I say I think these people were thinking about the other nations. I honestly do. I say it’s impossible for this to happen either that or campaign contributions were magnificent for people. But they are so bad the deals are so bad, so disgraceful that I actually think they are putting other countries ahead of our own. On trade we are now.

[Shouting]

You people don’t stop.

[Chanting lock her up]

So I used to say when I used to hear this chant let’s just win on November 8th. But now we’ve won. All right? We’ve won, big league. Well, anyway. Tough people in Wisconsin, fellows. Governor, tough? On trade, we’re now running a nearly 800 billion-dollar annual trade deficit. I say who makes these deals? Think of it. I have friends in here who are business people. Who makes these deals. $800 billion. America has lost 1/3 of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA. We have lost 70,000 factories. Think of it 70,000. It like doesn’t even sound like it’s possible. And I know it’s right because I have said it for the last month and a half and they never correct me. So it has to be.

[Crowd booing]

[Chanting]

It is hard to believe. Look, look at all those cameras. Look at all that live television. Look at that. Who has to do this every night with all those live cameras up. You can imagine if we made a mistake? Would it be a disaster? See, other people running for office if they make a mistake, but if I made a mistake a disaster, right? Look at that you ever see so many cameras? Mr. Vice President? But I have to tell you they were devastated on November 8th. They were devastated.

[Cheers and applause]

Should I go over that evening just once quickly?

[Crowd cheers yes]

It began with phony exit polls. And I got a call from my daughter at about 5:00 and she was called by people in their business and her husband Jared, great guy he was called. They called me and they said, I’m sorry, dad, it looks really bad. It looks really, really bad. I said what’s the problem? Tell me. Now, I was doing — very interesting. I really assumed I lost. I believe that these things are supposed to be correct. So I sort of thought I lost. And I was okay with it. I wouldn’t say great. In fact I called my vice president I said not looking good, right, Mike?

I said not looking good. You were getting the same numbers that I was getting.

Of course a lot of it is phony stuff, too. Because they will say Donald Trump is a bad person, do you agree or not? So people would say yeah. No, but it’s easier have yes in a big box like that. No you can’t find it. A lot of it is phony deals going on. But, I will tell you. So I got the call. And they said looks bad. Looks really bad. And they want to be nice to me. This is — they’re talking this way because they wanted to be nice. They actually thought we might lose. Strongly. So I said don’t worry about it don’t worry about it. Whatever happens, last month I didn’t do interviews. I did rallies. I did three a day. I did three a day.

[Cheers and applause]

And I’ll be honest. I was surprised when I got a that call because I thought every I mean every time we had a rally. Look at this building, they are still pour not guilty back. Except we had major arenas which were packed. And then we would have 20, 30,000 people outside they couldn’t get. In I said it didn’t make sense to me. It didn’t make sense but that’s okay. Because, you know, like they say in football and in sports, he left nothing on the table, nothing on the field. All right? I was okay.

Because for the last month I decided not to do interviews because they give you interviews and then they chop up your sentences and cut them short. You’ll have this beautiful flowing sentence where the back of the sentence reverts to the front and they cut the back of the sentence off and I would say I never said that. So I said you know what? I’m not going to deal. They are very dishonest people.

[Crowd boos]

I said I’m not going to deal with it. All I did for one month I would do two and sometimes four speeches a day.

Rallies like this, massive crowds, right?

[Cheers and applause]

And they would call can we have an interview of Mr. Trump? I said watch me with the speech. Tell them, watch me. Whatever you want to take you can take. Watch me with the speech. So we did three or four a day. I will tell you what, that’s tough stuff. So I did three a day. Couple of fours. And I always had in mind the last three, but on the last three the third I was going to do five. And then I was going to do six and six. Now, when you do six speeches where you have ten, 15, 20, 25 and even 30,000 people, that’s not so easy. Good stamina, high energy, do you agree, high energy. So I did the three a day, and a lot of speeches. No days off. There was no Sunday off. Although I did go to church whenever possible. I did go to church, but no days off. And then we got down to the last two and I did six speeches. They know. They were exhausted, the press. And then on the seventh day, which you remember, Monday, right, I did six speeches. And then I heard that my opponent, does anybody remember my opponent?

[ Crowd boos ]

They don’t remember. They don’t remember.

[ Crowd cheers ]

Governor, these people are brutal. Now I know why it’s always a blood bath for you guys, but you win. That’s all, but I heard I did six, right, six on Sunday. And then Monday comes along and I did six.

And about three hours before the final speech, I’m saying, oh, boy. This is it. This was it. Started 16 months before coming down the escalator, right? A lot of things we talked about illegal immigration, turned out to be right. Talked about trade, turned out to be right. We did six speeches and then I heard that Hillary was going with her husband and with President Obama, who by the way has been very nice, and his wife has been very, very nice. I’m telling you.

[ Crowd boos ]

They’ve been very nice, but they were on a plane going to Michigan. I said whoa, that was not a planned trip. They spent $2 billion. You don’t get credit of this. I spent a tiny fraction of what they spent. In the old days if you spent less money and won, you got credit for it. Nowadays, whoever spends the most money, doesn’t make sense. We spent a lot less money. We spent a fraction of what ey spent and they had unlimited money. They did a poll. We didn’t. Why should I spend money for a poll when the newspapers give you polls every single day. They spent a lot of money. They found obviously trouble in Michigan because they had an unscheduled trip to Michigan. They went to Michigan, did not have a good crowd and I said at 6:00 that afternoon, I said, let’s go to Michigan. Now, by the time I finished in New Hampshire. It was already like 9:30 or 10:00. I said let’s go to Michigan. And my people said are you crazy. You just did six speeches.

I said, I don’t care. This is the presidency, right? This is the presidency.

So we went to Michigan with no notice with like a tweet. We went up, now I do have between Facebook and Twitter and Instagram almost 40 million people so that’s a lot. That’s a lot, but with a tweet, so we get there and it’s very late. It’s like 12:30. And our vice president elect, our vice president elect was there with me. And we had at 12:30 in the morning and I started speaking at 1:00 in the morning, we had in Michigan, 31,000 people inside and outside. 31,000 showed up.

[ Crowd cheers ]

I said, I said to Mike and I said to everybody, we’re going to win Michigan. I tell you. It hadn’t been won in like 35 years, but we are going to win Michigan and we ended up winning Michigan. I got the bad news from my daughter. And I said, that’s too bad. So I go and see my wife. I said baby, I tell you what. We’re not going to win tonight because the polls have come out and, you know, I always used to believe in exit polls. I don’t believe in them anymore. It’s just looking bad, but you know what, I’m okay with it because of the fact I couldn’t have worked any harder. You can’t do any worse that than. If I lose, I lose. And, you know, what, if I lose I lose and I’m going to have a nice easy life. We can all relax together, right?

So I felt, you know, you don’t feel good if you didn’t put out and you lose, but if you put out every single ounce of energy in your blood, you feel like okay. There’s nothing more you can do. So I told her, and she looked at me and she has seen these rallies and she said you’re not going to lose. She goes you’re not going to lose.

So then I figured hey, just a nice wife that’s trying to be nice. And guess what, she’s a great person. So what happened, Melania, right, we love Melania. From the escalator. They love Melania. She’s great. She said you’re not going to lose. Okay.

So now the poll just closed and they start announcing numbers. Oh N is going to be embarrassing. Trying to figure out what I’m going to do. I had this ballroom that’s not very big because I didn’t know if we were going to win or lose. If we lose, I don’t want a big ballroom. I love you folks, good night everybody, bye. I’m out of there, right. And she had this massive convention center with a big fireworks display. And they were paying about $7 million for the fireworks and it was a big deal and they knew they were going to win until the final week. They knew bad things were happening and I got a good sign when four days before the end, I called up Mike, they just cancelled the fireworks was the front page story. They cancelled. Now, usually you cancel fireworks because you don’t want firework IFS you’re going to lose. Did anybody ever use fireworks if you’re going to lose. In the history of elections you don’t set off fireworks if you’re going to lose. So they cancelled the beautiful fireworks and I wanted to be a wise guy so I offered them five S on the the dollar for their fireworks. We never heard back. No, we never heard back. We never heard back, but that was a good sign, do you agree? I’m telling you. So I figured it’s election night, figured we’re going to lose. This was cool. I never did this stuff before.

By the way, did we all do a good job together, right? It’s a movement.

So then the real numbers started coming. And we started with like Ohio. And I was expected to win Ohio by two points or three points. When I say I, I’m talking about the two of us and all of us. So it comes in. We have breaking news, Donald Trump has won Ohio in a massive number, but we won Ohio very close to 10%. So the 2% of 3% was now close to 10%. I said that’s good. Then we have breaking news, Donald Trump has won the great state of Iowa. Said, whoa. And that was supposed to be close. We were up a little bit in the polls like one point. We won it by more than 10 point V points. Then I’m saying this is a little different than the exit polls. That’s going on? The exit polls had me tied in Ohio. Then they would get a little bit like — they were surprised by the numbers, right? People standing back there. Two, three of them, I see. Three of them. All of a sudden they get to areas we just dominated and we’re sort of tied. And we haven’t gotten to the panhandle yet. She loves the panhandle. I love the panhandle too. They told one of the networks, yes, we feel very good about Florida. Florida is going to be ours. North Carolina will be ours. That’s the fire wall. North Carolina. Ladies and gentlemen, we have breaking news, Donald Trump has won the state of Florida. Now, they spent 10-1, 10-1 on North Carolina. I love that state. We won South Carolina easily. North Carolina was something to be something that’s very hard to win. Very, very hard to win. Ladies and gentlemen, we have breaking news. And you see these people. They go to like, oh, one of the networks is going ladies and gentlemen, we have breaking news, Donald Trump — they’re like in a state of absolute, like, getting sick.

One of them they say broke down and started to cry, but I don’t think she did really. I don’t think she did. They go, “Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump has won the state of North Carolina.” Now they’re going oh, my. We’re running up the East Coast.

It’s like a marathon.

And now we hit Pennsylvania and they don’t want to call it, right? You saw that. They don’t want to call it. I’m left with 1%. If they got 100 percent of that 1%, they still get killed in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania was tough because every Republican forever thought they were going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. Right? They say, that I have said, not me. The bride that got away. It’s always the bride that got away. Pennsylvania, great state. We’re going to win Pennsylvania, but I keep thinking about every time you see the Republicans for 38 years hadn’t won Pennsylvania. It’s one of those states. Very, very tough to win. I just felt so good. We’re getting massive crowds. In fact we’re going there in two days to celebrate. Hershey, Pennsylvania. We’re going to Hershey. Big crowd. So Pennsylvania, they don’t want to call it. They don’t want to call it. There’s 1% left and there’s no way they can catch it. I’m looking and starting to do interviews now because now I’m thinking this is fun. This is great. I can’t lose Pennsylvania. They refused to call it because they’re dishonest people. Okay.

[ Crowd boos ]

It’s all right. Then we go up the coast and then it happened. Right? Number one, the audience they had that night was massive. The debates, did I win those debates folks? The debates had a massive — over 100 million people. By the way, did Mike Pence, did he win his debate? Mike Pence. That wasn’t even a contest.

In fact, Mike had actually got boring. That was not even a contest. Then it happened folks, out of nowhere. They got sick — he was throwing up. You know with the map, boy, that map was getting red as held. That map, that map was bleeding red. Florida, South Carolina, even if your a lousy candidate you win Texas. Texas is Republican and the people are great. I had massive crowds. For three months it’s like Texas is in play and next week it is very close, Texas is in play.

Georgia, remember Georgia. Georgia is in play. I’m saying man, can you imagine if I lose Texas or Georgia. It’s in play. Texas is in play. Georgia in play. This is going to be a disaster. Then they said, Utah. I don’t think a Republican has ever lost. Have they ever lost Utah. I don’t think so. Utah is in play against some guy that I look at them and say, there’s no way. My wife looked at him and said you’re not going to lose to him. Telling you, she’s good at this stuff. I said, yeah, but that I have say he’s tied with me. And she said, no, no, he’s not tied. You’re not going to lose to him don’t worry about it.

So they said Utah is in play. So now it’s like whatever time. 8, 9:00. Goes on. First thing, Donald Trump has won the state of Georgia. Donald Trump has won the state of Utah. I love Utah. Utah. This guy that was put up there to fight me, he was down, Hillary even beat him, okay. All of a sudden I’m saying, wow, what happened. So now we win all these states. And they’re holding Pennsylvania. Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump has won the state of Wisconsin. Right. Donald Trump. So they said Donald Trump has won the state. I tell you what. I give a lot of credit to them. To your governor, a lot of credit. How to give a lot of credit to Paul Ryan. Give a lot of credit to vice president Mike pence because they stood up here. They campaign like you never saw before. That was out of the blue. We picked up a state we weren’t really expecting. It was close, but we didn’t know that was going to happen. Then after that Michigan was announced and the greatest was when Pennsylvania came in because that’s a big big big beautiful state. Donald Trump has won the state of Pennsylvania. And they’re going even before Pennsylvania, but they’re doing all this red and that map was so beautiful looking. I’ll never forget the guy who was saying for months there is no path to 270 for Donald Trump, but there was a path to 306. There was no path. In fact they couldn’t get me up. They continue get me up. I went back to Maine four P times for one. The beauty is I was going to 17 different states. I was going all over.

The other would be easier, just a popular vote would be easier and go to New York, California, Texas, go to Florida. That’s it. Iteasier, but the electoral college is genius. It’s genius. You go everywhere and unless you see it, unless you see it, it’s a very different way of campaigning. It’s sort of like if you play golf. Match play versus stroke play. Very different. Unless you see how this works up close and personal, so we ended up winning and I’ll never forgot when they were on the map and they put up Wisconsin and he said there is no path for Hillary Clinton to become president. Donald Trump is your next president of the United States.

Because of you. So I want to thank — I want to thank the people of Wisconsin. You’re incredible people. You’re incredible people. Really truly. I can tell you this, we are going to work so hard for you, we’re going to work so hard. We’re going to have the best people in the world and you see the people we’re getting. If you don’t mind, we won’t be totally politically correct, if you don’t mind. Is that all right? All right. We are going to work so hard for you and we’re going to bring back your jobs and we’re going to terminate Obamacare. We’re going to come up with a great great health plan that Paul Ryan is working on right now. And we’re going to cut your taxes and we’re going to have strong borders and we’re going to have the wall. Going to have the wall. Going to have that wall. And we’re going to stop the drugs for pouring into our country. And we’re going to build up our military big league and we’re going to take care of those vets. Take care of them. And we are going to make — look. He’s the bottom line. We are going to make you so proud of your country again. So proud.

[ Crowd chanting usa ]

We are never, ever going to let you down. We are never going to let you down. Believe me. I’m saying this from the heart. This is me to you. This is not reading anything. No speeches, no nothing. This is me to you. I say it to the heart. And maybe even more so, I know how hard you worked in this state and my people were so incredible in this state, the people that got out the vote, and they said they didn’t even have to work to get out the vote. It’s so incredible.

We’re never going to let you down, Wisconsin. And I just want to tell you in the truest sense of the words, it’s a theme that we started right from the beginning, we’re going to make America strong again. We’re going to make America powerful again. We’re going to make America rich again, wealthy again.

We are going to make America great again.

[ Crowd cheers ]

So I want to thank you Wisconsin.

God bless you, merry Christmas. God bless you. Thank you, Wisconsin. Thank you. Thank you.

(transcript via ABC News)

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