With water cannons and Southern belles, Trump ends 'thank you' tour

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, AlabamaBy Steve Holland MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wrapped up his post-election “thank you” tour on Saturday with celebratory geysers from water cannons, greetings from hoop-skirted Southern belles and some gloating over the TV newscasters who had expected him to lose. In the last in a series of rallies Trump has staged during the past three weeks – mainly in battleground states that gave him the margin of victory in the Nov. 8 election – Trump came back to where it all began for his improbable presidential campaign. It was in Mobile, Alabama, last year where Trump, a real estate magnate and reality television star with no previous political experience, drew a huge crowd that gave notice to his rivals that he was a threat for the Republican presidential nomination.

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