Quotes From Trump's 'Thank You' Tour

President-elect Donald Trump visited key swing states and expressed his gratitude for his win against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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President-elect Donald Trump concluded his national “thank you” tour Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. Just days ahead of the Electoral College voting, scheduled for Dec. 19, Trump returned to the site of one of his biggest campaign crowds back in August 2015.

As part of the tour, Trump visited key swing states and expressed his gratitude for his win against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Called "USA Thank You Tour 2016," it began Dec. 1 with Ohio, and he made stops in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida before the last leg in Alabama.

Here are some quotes from Trump's rallies this month:

  • "I never appreciated it until now, how genius it was, what they had in mind, because at the time they didn't want everybody going to Boston and New York and everything else would be forgotten. It's genius, I'm telling you it's genius." — Trump said while praising the Electoral College at the Alabama rally.

  • "We did great with the African-American community. So good. Remember the famous line, because I talk about crime, I talk about lack of education, I talk about no jobs. And I’d say, what the hell do you have to lose? Right? It’s true. And they’re smart and they picked up on it like you wouldn’t believe. And you know what else? They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. And that was big. So thank you to the African-American community.” Trump said this at a rally in Pennsylvania.

  • "Change is not going to be easy. I am going to need you to fight as hard for these proposals as you fought for this great campaign of ours. We are going to need our government and this movement to be more engaged and more vigilant than ever before to help us accomplish the reforms and overcome decades of stalemate and gridlock." — Trump said at his Ohio rally.

  • "I'm asking you to dream big again, and bold and daring things for your country will happen once again." — also said at the Ohio rally.

  • "We had fun fighting Hillary, didn't we? Screaming 'prison, prison, lock her up'. I mean you are going crazy... you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?" — this was Trump remembering his rival during the rally in Orlando.

  • "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 percent but she thought she was going to catch us." — he said at Wisconsin, referring to his claims that the election was rigged.

  • "Hey, in the great state of Ohio, we didn't have the upper echelon of politician either, did we? I will say this, it was very nice, your governor, John Kasich, called me after the election, he said congratulations, that was amazing." — he said in Ohio, while taking a dig at the governor, who has been a vocal Trump opponent.

  • “The nation of China is responsible for almost half of America’s trade deficit. They haven’t played by the rules and I know it’s time they’re going to start.” — Trump said in Iowa while talking about relations with China.

  • “That’s ok… I think they’re actually on our side, they just don’t know it yet.” — he said in Iowa as anti-Trump supporters interrupted him while he spoke.

  • "I should've given up, but I never gave up. Never, ever give up. Never stop believing, and never, ever stop dreaming." — Trump said in Alabama about the many times he thought about giving up before the election.

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