On December 1, President-elect Donald J. Trump kicked off his thank you tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he tore into the media for their stories about how he had no chance of winning (yes, toss me in that category as well). At the same time, I’m glad to have been proven wrong; Hillary Clinton is not going to be president…ever. I can’t say the same thing for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC, who have been having conniption fits ever since the former first lady’s upset loss to the billionaire real estate magnate.
Trump took a significant part of his speech to rip these outlets for saying he didn’t have a path to 270, how Texas and Georgia were in play, and how he might lose to Evan McMullin in Utah; Trump called the latter “some guy I’ve never eve heard of.”
Pointing to the press, he said, “these are very, very dishonest people,” which prompted the crowd to boo the media. The president-elect then discussed what he felt was the news media’s reluctance to call Pennsylvania since that was a state Clinton was suppose to win, which led to him saying how the naysayers said he would never break the proverbial Democratic blue wall (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan), but ended up shattering that sucker (via transcript by Real Clear Politics):
How about, it is like 12 in the evening, and Pennsylvania I'm leading by a lot. And we couldn't get off 98%. They didn't want to call it. We're leading by so much that it is impossible, if I lost every other vote, and they refused to call it. Then at 3:00, I'll never forget, I watched a particular person. And we won Wisconsin. And we won Michigan. And we won Pennsylvania. Right? And that person is doing the map. And that person was saying for months that there is no way that Donald Trump can break the Blue Wall. Right?
We didn't break it, we shattered that sucker! We shattered it.
Trump did expand the map as he said he would, though not exactly the same route (he said he would put New York in play), but he did win Pennsylvania and Michigan, a first for a GOP candidate since 1988, and Wisconsin—which hasn’t gone red since 1984.