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Trump Team Announces 'Victory Tour' Through Red States

After surprising pundits and pollsters by winning the election, President-elect Donald Trump will take a "victory tour" to celebrate his win in the states that supported him on Nov. 8.

"We're working on a victory tour now, it will happen in the next couple of weeks," Trump's advance team director, George Gigicos, told reporters on Nov. 17, according to Politico.

Trump's aides had suggested in the past that he would continue speaking to large crowds at rallies after the campaign and possibly even into his presidency after galvanizing a movement and securing his win in 30 states.

Gigicos explained that the tour would take Trump "obviously to the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over."

Trump's message of populism and bringing jobs and prosperity to American workers resonated with many Americans, particularly those in the "Rust Belt" portions of the northeastern and Midwestern states where industry and the economy have declined.

"As I've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hard- working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their families," Trump told the nation in a victory speech that he gave in New York on Nov. 9, according to a transcript from The Washington Post.

In that speech, Trump urged unity and vowed to "bind the wounds of division" and heal the country:

To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.

​Sources: Politico, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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