President-elect Donald Trump took the stage at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC on Tuesday night to the roaring applause of thousands of North Carolinians.
The next Commander-In-Chief started his “Thank You Tour” last week, with the stop in Fayetteville being his second rally since his huge win over Hillary Clinton a month ago.
Trump took time during his speech to graciously thank the thousands of supporters in attendance for their hard work during his campaign.
“You went out and pounded the pavement,” Trump said. “You organized your fellow citizens and propelled to victory a grassroots movement the likes of which nobody, nobody, has ever seen before.”
After touting his wins in the key battleground states of North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump turned his attention to the tasks that lie before him when steps into the Oval Office – strengthening the American economy and our military.
“The military families in North Carolina are a national treasure, and it will be the duty of my administration to ensure that we protect those who protect us,” Trump said.
With Fayetteville being the home of the nation’s largest military base, Fort Bragg, Trump brought along his nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, to join him on stage.
General Mattis thanked the President-elect for the opportunity to serve in his administration, as Trump pressured Congress to quickly approve his nomination.
“If he didn’t get that waiver, there’d be a lot of angry people,” Trump said. “Such a popular choice.”
Trump spoke at length throughout his speech about his “America first” agenda, and his desire to end the United States’ tendency to jump into military conflicts that do not directly effect our national interests.
“We build up our military not as an act of aggression but as an act of prevention,” Trump said. “We pursue and build up arms not in order to seek conflict, but in order to avoid conflict.”
“We want to be strong. In short, we seek peace through strength,” Trump continued, echoing the phrase made famous by Republican folk hero President Ronald Reagan.
In order to achieve his goal of building up a strong national defense, the President-elect said that he will be asking Congress to end the cuts to military spending brought on by the sequester.
“We face many, many challenges, but this is truly an exciting time to be alive in our country, and hopefully to be alive in many other locations because we are representative to a large extent of what’s happening in the world,” Trump said.
President-elect Trump also, uncharacteristically, defended the mainstream media during the rally, asking his supporters not to “boo” the press, rather than egging them on as had been his modus operandi throughout his campaign.
“Hopefully, they’re going to write the truth,” Trump said. “We do not know what the page tomorrow will read, but for the first time in a long time, what we do know is that the pages will be authored by each and every one in this room and in our country.”