Donald Trump kicks off 'thank you' tour in Cincinnati

Published: Dec. 1, 2016 at 3:10 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 3:10 AM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President-elect Donald Trump is set for a victory lap in Cincinnati Thursday night.

Trump is kicking off his "Thank you tour" at U.S. Bank Arena with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Cincinnati was the site of a massive Trump rally in mid-October.

The president-elect's staff has not announced a full itinerary. However, Ohio is expected to be part of a series of events that could replicate arena events which were a crucial component to his victory over Hillary Clinton.

"It's obviously a marquee event. We are in the spotlight, not only the local spotlight, but the nation's spotlight," Sean Lynn with U.S. Bank Arena said.

The tour aims to encompass swing states the president-elect "flipped over," George Gigicos, Trump director of advance told reporters on Nov. 17. Trump won Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin, all states President Barack Obama won twice. States like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were major upsets as they looked like solid bets for Clinton leading up to Election Day.

President-elect Trump is also scheduled to hold a private event with Carrier Corps. in Indianapolis Thursday at 2 p.m to unveil details to keep hundreds of jobs in the United States. The company announced on Twitter it reached an agreement with the incoming executive to keep "close to 1,000" jobs in Indiana instead of moving them abroad.

Despite a bumpy history with the state's party, local Republicans seem enthusiastic leading up to Trump's return to the Queen City.

"I think this about Donald Trump reminding all of America why he won this race, because of the enthusiasm at the grassroots level," Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou said. "The fact that he's the president-elect, the fact that he's coming here for this very historic visit, has made our phones ring off the hook at our party GOP headquarters. People are dying to get into that place,"

While the incoming Republican president will be welcomed with open arms from his massive base of supporters, protesters are expected to demonstrate near the event.

"We're gathering our supporters outside the event tomorrow," Allison Reynolds-Berry with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center said. "We certainly disagree with a number of the things that President-elect Trump has said, particularly the way he has attacked vulnerable populations."

There have been several anti-Trump protests in the Cincinnati area, spurred by fears of president-elects stance on economic, social and climate issues.

Trump lost Hamilton County to Hillary Clinton, but defeated her handedly in the Buckeye State.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled for a solo event in New Orleans Saturday.

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