President-elect Donald Trump Holds Thank You Rally in Grand Rapids Michigan CSPAN December 10, 2016 6:00am-7:01am EST
and sacrifice. that begins with respecting the american flag. that is the flag that our soldiers fought and died for, can we're going to protect it. you will see, we are going to protect its. one man who understands the meaning of service is general mattis. earlier this week, i formally announced my plans to nominate him as your new secretary of defense. and everybody is happy about that. even the democrats are loving him. isn't that nice? what can you say question he has a record of winning. we want to win.
when he had to do battle, whether he agreed with it or not, but when the he had to do battle, he won and he won fast. and there were no games. there were no games. he is going to be great, secretary of defense. i believe we are in the process of putting together one of the great cabinets that has ever been assembled in our nation's history. you are seeing that. and you will be seeing some more names coming out next week that are phenomenal. one of the most critical issues we are going to tackle is education. you know about that. you know what i am about to say. america spends more on education than any country by far, and yet our results are terrible. we spend more per pupil than any nation in the world by far, and
you look at sweden and denmark and norway and china and japan, and they are all the top, and you look at us, spending much more per pupil, and we are down at the bottom. we are going to change that. we are to reform our broken education system to put students and families first. so importantly, this includes providing great education to students living in our inner cities. you know, i talked about the forgotten man, the forgotten women. they are not so much forgotten anyway. they are still trying to figure it out, the media, where did all these millions of people came from? i knew they were there. they did not have the incentive
to go out and say i like this person, but they came out in big-league numbers. our plan includes eliminating common core and providing school choice. we want every child every single child, low income, we do not care where they are, where they live, every child in america to be able to attend a public, private, charter, magnet, or religious school that is right for them. choice. the person i have selected to lead the department of education, in my opinion, one of my most important decisions, is a native of michigan, of all places -- michigan.
and considered by everybody to be one of the top education reformers in our nation, someone totally respected, someone devoted and devoting decades to helping disadvantaged students. i am thrilled out to welcome to the stage your next secretary of education, betsy devos. come up, betsy. ms. devos. thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you, mr. president-elect. what an amazing leader. west michigan, aren't we proud of president-elect trump. [applause] the so-called experts did not
think we could win it, but we did. we believed in president-elect trump and we went to the polls and changed the world. it is an amazing thing what can happen when someone believes in you. and nowhere is that more true than in our schools and in the lives of our kids. i am so excited and humbled to be nominated as secretary of education. and -- and in deference to the u.s. senate confirmation, i am not giving interviews. but just between us, let me share this -- it is time to make education great again in this country.
this means putting kids first every single day. this means expanding choices and options to get every child the opportunity for a quality education, regardless of their zip code or family circumstances. this means letting states set their high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized common core. for me, it is simple. i trust parents and i believe in our children. but it will not be washington, d.c., that unlocks that potential. it will not be a giant bureaucracy or a federal department. nope. the answer is not bigger government. the answer is local control. it is listening to parents.
and it is giving more choices. and if i am fortunate enough to be confirmed as your secretary of education, our kids, your kids will have someone fighting for them every single day. i have been involved with education issues for 28 years, as an activist, a citizen volunteer, and an advocate for children. i have the experience, the passion, and the know-how to make change. still, there are many of you here and many in the emea, the senate, and the education community who may not know me.
in fact there is a lot of false news out there. to you, all i ask for is an open mind and the opportunity to share my heart. together, let's make education great again. so let me repeat. there is a lot of false news out there. all i ask for is an open mind and the opportunity to share my heart. together, let's take education great again, and let win for kids. thank you very much.
mr. trump: thank you, betsy. is michigan proud of betsy? yes. and you are going to be even more proud as time goes by. she is going to do an incredible job. and with betsy at our site, i know we will make great strides in fixing our broken schools all over the country. it is going to be a beautiful thing to watch. just hold on and watch, because she will do it. i have no doubt. to accomplish our goals for this country, government must listening to the special interests and start delivering for the national interests and for the people. have to. it is time to deliver for you the american people our plan begins with bold reforms to create millions and millions of
great-paying jobs. whether it is building cars, producing steel, or curing disease, we want the next generation of innovation and production to happen right here in america and right here in michigan. and, you know, so i won michigan. as michigan has not been won for many, many years, a long come along time ago, and i felt i was going to win it. you know when i felt i was actually going to win the whole thing? i do not have michigan on our list of stops until that final
day come and i did the speeches, i did six of them -- that is a lot. i did three a day for a month, and these were big speeches. and we did not need any entertainers to come in to entertain. we needed no entertainers. nope. we did not need anybody. we had packed houses, thousands and thousands. i said at 9:00 in the evening, let's go to michigan, ok, because i heard my opponent had scheduled michigan unexpectedly. it was like all of a sudden, with president obama and michelle, and bill and hillary, and they were going to michigan. now, forget it.
that plays great before the election. now we do not care, right? but i said let's go to michigan, and some of you -- i see some faces -- some of you were here, and tell me. so we had between inside and outside, we had 31,000 people, and i started speaking at almost 1:00 in the morning. so now it was election day, right, because now it was tuesday. i left on monday. by the time we got here, it was almost 1:00 in the morning. we had 31,000 people at 1:00 in the morning. and i said, we are going to win michigan. i felt it. i said, how does somebody else win it? and i heard half an hour ago that the courts stopped it, it is totally over. not that we care about that. that was just a way of somebody trying to raise the money for themselves, because they were not very successful during the race, that i can tell you. but the courts, we had great
people, and the whole group -- you spoke very well. i was very impressed with you. she did not sleep for about six months, i will tell you that. and merry christmas, everybody. merry christmas, right? merry christmas. that reminded me, we are going to start saying merry christmas again. how about all those department stores? they have the bells the red walls and they have the snow, but they do not have merry christmas. i think they are going to start putting up merry christmas, merry christmas. that is very good. that is a big group of people that said that.
i just want to congratulate everybody, because really it was that evening which turned out to be election morning. and i got home at 4:00 in the morning, and i said to my wife, i said, honestly, i do not see how we are going to lose, and we did phenomenally in michigan. and then we won wisconsin. we won wisconsin. and of course we won pennsylvania. did you see the look in their face? you know, it started with ohio, that we won by almost nine points which was much more -- we were expected to win ohio, and we cannot have any support there, except for the people. the people were our support. we were expected to do well in ohio. we won by nine points. and then iowa came in and we won by more than 10. and then we won almost every single county in iowa, and we won one county that had not been won since 1952.
that is a long time. and by the way, the governor of iowa, has a great relationship -- because they sell so much product of china -- governor terry branstad was just made the ambassador to china. that is a smart move. he likes china. they like him. that is a good move. he is going to be fantastic. so what happened on the evening was incredible. the espn people and so many of the people said that might be the greatest legal sporting event we've ever seen. so it started with ohio and iowa. it also started -- remember, they said texas was in play. texas is not supposed to be. for two months we have all been hearing texas was in play, and we heard georgia is in play. i said, man, we are in play. if georgia is in place, you tend to believe these people, even though -- right?
so the polls opened and closed, and now we go live on television with the numbers. and we got lousy exit polls. the exit polls -- i got a call from ivanka, and she said, dad, not looking good. it does not help your you do not have to get bad exit polls. in two hours you know they will not have to do that it she said it is not looking good. his exit polls are not looking good. they put bad questions in the exit polls. like many people say donald trump is a very, very bad person. do you agree that he is a harmful human being? yes or no? and people go, yeah, i guess. boom. so, you know, so we go out and immediately -- no, the election is over.
that was a bernie fan. no, the election ended three weeks ago, darling. someday soon she will be on our side. you watch. so it was so exciting. so i guess these horrible calls. i get a couple of them, but ivanka said, you really have worked hard and you know, ivanka, as that is it maybe, i left nothing on the field, right? i left nothing on the field. get them out of here.
i wish the cameras would show it. he never did. a big room, this is a big place. this is a big, big place. every place is packed right to the rafters. they never show it. they never ever show it. but that is ok. but they hear it. you know, they will never show it. they hear it because it is a big difference between a massive crowd like this and having like 250 people in a room. big, big difference. people say they never solve the cut them up but that's out of like michigan or she can stay, right? which to me like? i will not say it sounded like
ohio state. so the polls close, and i'm hearing the texas is close. but i'm getting all these harmful calls for my kids. -- i am getting all these horrible calls from my kids, too bad, dad. they had me written off. and i said to ivanka, i may have lost, aced on what they were saying, it was going to be an early evening. it was not going to be an early evening for us. even though they refused to call it, it should have been an early evening. i said, i left nothing out there. i felt so good. it had sounded like it was over. and like a team, i left nothing out there. i could not have worked harder. we outworked anybody that ever ran for office. nobody ever ran for office like that. so i was ok with it. i would not say i was thrilled,
but i was ok. then the polls closed and we get the real numbers. that is one ohio came in, i love ohio, they are great. i know you have a little competition. that is when iowa came in, 10 points. all these counties, they have not been won since the 1950's. and then i hear breaking news, donald trump has won the state of texas. and i could not understand. when we went to texas, we had massive auditoriums and stadiums filled with people, lines 20 blocks along, you could not get in. the people left outside. so i won texas, they said it would be close, but it was a landslide.
and then in play means a could go either way. donald trump, breaking news, has won the state of georgia. right? this is like, in the first two seconds. these are the ones that they are saying for two months, georgia is in play, and texas. great states. then they have this character nobody had ever heard of before, from utah. i love you talk, and they had him tied with me and beating hillary. and i said, who the hell is this guy? [laughter] mr. trump: i hate to say it, has anyone ever lost utah?
they said utah is in play for months. i said, is he going to beat me? where does he come from, who is he, who is he? if he wins, we lose the supreme court, what is he doing? right after texas, breaking news, donald trump has won the state of utah. by 25 points. and in all fairness, hillary came in second, and this guy nobody had ever heard of, he fell off the planet. so we won all the states. and a very important person said to me, when did you think you won? and i said, when did you think you lost? well, florida was looking ok.
and all of a sudden, they had not counted the panhandle. what is that, 91%? those are great workers. we were doing well in florida and they were not liking those numbers, we were even and had not gotten into the panhandle. all of a sudden, breaking news, donald trump has won the state of florida by a lot. and then we just went right up the coastline. we won south carolina and a big one, because they put all their eggs in one basket. they interviewed people on television from the other side. they said, you just lost florida. they said, we have no problem because north carolina is our firewall, he cannot win north carolina, will not happen.
two minutes later, breaking news, donald trump has won the state of north carolina. we won it big. and i knew they had problems because they took the convention center and i just took a ballroom. if i lost -- thanks everybody, i will see you next time, i am out of here. but they spent like seven million of dollars on fireworks over the east river. so they have the ballroom, and they spent millions on this massive fireworks display, the barges in the river.
that was a month before the election. three days before the election they canceled the fireworks. i said, that is a good signal. i said, is this supposed to be inclement weather? they said, actually it is supposed to be a beautiful night. i said, why did they cancel the fireworks? and they were in for a lot, like $7 million. i think they raised like $2.2 billion. what it we spend? a little more than $300 million. in the old days, you get credit if you spend less. today, -- they say she spent more money, like it is good. no, it is bad. if you can spend less money and win, it is good. we have to remember that it is good, not bad. when i heard they spent $7 million on the fireworks, and i did not know if we would win, we
sent them a nice verbal statement. we will offer you five cents on the dollar for the fireworks, because it was only a few days. they never responded. i thought i could buy the fireworks cheap. just like i do not want to buy an airplane for $4 billion. [applause] mr. trump: even if i do not get to use it, who the hell cares? i am not paying for billion dollars for an airplane. so we had an amazing night. >>[chanting trump] mr. trump: thank you. they forgot about you people. by the way, for years, they are not going to forget. because you are not going to forget. we just went up and it was amazing. and we won michigan.
these folks have done an unbelievable job. ronald mcdaniels, what a great job you and your people have done, an incredible job. then we won wisconsin, which was so incredible. that is not one we were expecting, necessarily. incredible, hard-working people. and it was over. it was an amazing experience. and winning pennsylvania -- for 38 years, they did not win it. and it was o is the one that got away. every republican said, we are going to win pennsylvania. and it never happened, they say the bride the got away. everyone said they would win it. not only did they not win it, -- we would have these massive crowds, but trump-pence sign. and by the way, how good is mike
remember the states, the red was starting to get big, that was a lot of red. remember when they said at the beginning, there is no path to 270. the amazing thing about the electoral college is that, i was going all over the place, and in many ways i would rather have it the other way, to campaign in new york and california, you stop in florida and texas, and it would be easy. but i was never as much a fan, this gets you to stop -- that is what our founders had in mind, and that is what people had in mind. it is an amazing thing. i went to maine four times. i needed one because they said maybe i can get to 269, they did not know we would break that beautiful blue wall. so i went to maine four times. under the other system, you would not do that. so it was an amazing evening, we ended up with 306, which was a landslide.
some states we won by 30 and 40 points. it was just an amazing thing. we are going to work really, really hard for you to justify what you did. so we're doing our little tour at one of the places i had to stop, michigan. we are going to bring our michigan jobs and michigan workers back to work. we are going to bring them back to work. i have been here many times, and even before i was running. i got word four years ago, man of the year. and i talked about the cars, they are taking your car manufacturers like ford out. and i said that long before i said i was going to do this. and the people in michigan remembered i had been talking about this for years. ford made a promise to me, and hopefully at the beginning of the year they will honor that
promise about something they will do that is very big, and they will do it in michigan, not in mexico. it will be great. [applause] mr. trump: we want to thank you. taxes, we are going to undertake one of the great tax reforms and simple for patients in american history. at the center of this plan, is a massive middle-class tax cuts. middle-class tax cut. we are also going to lower our business tax rate from 35% all the way down to 15%, bringing new companies to our country and to your states. so we go from the highest taxed nation in the world, to one of the lowers. not the lowest yet, but let's not get greedy.
one of the lowest. we will get rid of job killing regulations that undermine the ability of our workers and companies to compete with the rest of the world. big things, bigger than the taxes. i think it is bigger than the taxes. we will cancel the restriction on the production of american energy, including shell oil, natural gas, and clean coal. we will put our miners back to work. we love our miners. i think it was my highest percentage, the opponent almost did not register in the state of wyoming. all those that did not register in the state of west virginia, which we love. we love our miners. i will ask congress to pass legislation that produces $1
trillion of new investment in america's crumbling infrastructure. that includes major new projects for our rural communities and our inner cities. our inner cities are like the forgotten man and woman. we have forgotten about our inner cities. no longer. and the african-american community was great to was, they came through, big-league. and frankly, if they had any doubt, they did not vote, and that was almost as good because a lot of people did not show up because they felt that about me, and, the hispanic community. really great. and, women. thank goodness, women. [applause] mr. trump: the women, that was the other thing with the polls. i would go to these rallies with pink signs going crazy.
we did great with women, so i want to thank the women. we are going to put our people back to work, it is time to help get americans off of welfare row and back into the labor market. rebuilding our country with american hands and american workers, and they are going to be so thrilled, they will make so much more money than they have ever made. they will love adding up in the morning and they will love what they do. my administration will follow two simple rules, by american and hire american. -- buy american and hire american. from now on, it will be america first, america first.
our trade deficit is now nearly $800 billion a year, can you believe that? any business people in the room? think you can do slightly better than that, i think so. it is a constant drag on growth and a destroyer of our country's wealth and our country's jobs. $800 billion a year. who is making these deals? you look at deals that mexico and other countries have with other countries, and the deals they have with us are the worst. but that is going to change. we have the professionals lined up. these professionals know what they are doing. america has lost one third of
our manufacturing jobs. we have lost 70,000 factories. last month i was talking about it, i said, it is a typo, you mean 700 factories? 70,000 factories since china joined the world trade organization. think about 70,000 factories. it is the greatest job theft in the history of the world. no state has been heard worse by our trade deals than the state of michigan. that is why i was going to win michigan. that is why i knew i was going to win. and the car industry, it will come roaring back. and you will be happy. you have lost more than 40% of your automobile jobs since nafta. think about it, 40%. if i was not elected, you would wish 40% two years from now. it would have gotten much worse. plenty of deals are going on. we did a great job with carrier with the help of mike pence. but you have to understand, we got to that table a little bit late.
they already had built their factory in mexico and lots of other things. and yet, we saved a tremendous number of jobs. the rest of those jobs, they have to be prepared, carrier and everyone else, that when they make air-conditioners or anything else, whatever they make, they will have to pay a tremendous tax to get that product back into this country. [applause] mr. trump: the point is, the jobs that are gone will be coming back soon. it used to become a cars were made in flint, and you could not drink the water in mexico.
now, the cars are made in mexico, and you cannot drink the water in flint. we are going to change that. and it would have been nice if i had a little help from your governor, a would of been real nice. what have been nice if we had a little help from your governor. we are going to withdraw from the transpacific partnership, renegotiate nafta, stand up to four and cheating, and fight for every last american job and every last job that belongs in michigan. and if a company wants to fire their workers, leave michigan for another country or anywhere else, and ship their product back into our country, there will become sequences. it is no longer to be, we do not know what we are doing, go ahead, fire everybody in michigan or indiana or pennsylvania, fire everybody and build someplace else and just sell back -- no, no, no more. not going to happen. it is not me, i am a messenger.
if we did not come along, our country was going to be totally drained. there are thousands and thousands of companies right now that have negotiated to get out of our country because for one reason, the taxes are too high. for another, the regulations. even without doing what i am doing at the border, and there is no 35% -- it is only if you leave. we are lowering taxes. i do not think we will have to use that 35% very much because when we lower our taxes down to 15% or thereabouts, i hope i can get it down to that level, nobody is going to leave. when we lower our regulations by probably 80%, 85%, these regulations are disaster for farmers, manufacturers,
everybody. i also have an important announcement and i will make it tonight. do you mind? we will keep it low-key, very low-key, they are turning off some of the cameras because they are so honorable. we have a great, great business leader with us tonight, one of the foremost leaders in manufacturing and in the world of business. a man who cares greatly about this state and this country. even though he does happen to come from australia. he is here with us this evening, he has done an incredible job. he has helped build an unbelievable company. he has been the chairman and ceo of dow chemicals for 13 years.
one of the truly great companies that is based right here in michigan. and he is staying here. he is also a fantastic family man, i just met his son, and someone who is committed to returning jobs to the united states of america. his name is andrew liveris, one of the most respected businessmen in the world. and i am asking him to come up and head up our american manufacturing council, and he has agreed to do it. they will be tasked with finding ways to bring industry back to america. industry and manufacturing back to america. nobody can do it like andrew. andrew, please come up to the
stage. [applause] mr. liveris: doesn't the president-elect sing music? it is music, it is kid rock, it is michigan music, it is american music. i am very proud to be here. we love him, too, and we are proud is a michigan-based company, we were founded just up the road in midland. we are global, but we have been expanding operations here in michigan and the united states, over 7000 jobs, factory and construction jobs, technicians, engineers, service jobs, over $7 billion in the last four or five years. and we are not stopping there.
we are not stopping there. we will add value by getting this incredible workforce in front of me, this incredible american worker, this incredible michigan worker, and we will put you all to work. we have ideas, and we have plans. tonight, in honor of the president-elect and his being here to thank you all, we have made a decision. we are going to invest a new state of the art center in michigan, a research and development center in place. this decision, this man, these policies, we could have waited and put it anywhere in the world, but we are going ahead.
we will use hard-working american brains and fight for the dow company in the united states. american manufacturing counsel, to put in place the investments you talk about, you're paving the way with your administration in your policies to make it easier to do business in this country. not a red tape country, but a red carpet country for american businesses. america first, as you said. that is what we have to do. and you can count on me and the business leaders that we will put on the team, this'll be america's finest and brightest to help us solve these problems you all have. we need to employ our youth and help all our citizens. we need to give you hope, we need to find a way back to believe in ourselves again.
as you rightly said, i may have a funny accent, we aussies love america a lot. i bleed america and i bleed michigan. [applause] mr. liveris: thank you, sir. it is an honor. let's make america great again, by doing great things in america. [applause] mr. trump: so great, thank you andrew. well, isn't that great? that is what is going to happen, folks. we are getting jobs, they will come back to michigan, we will come back to pennsylvania, all these places. new york state, you see what has happened in new
york state, we will bring them back. andrew will announce the names of the great business manufacturers, the best in the world, and he is setting up his counsel next week and they will announce them next week. they will be like him, the greatest leaders. i want to thank andrew and dow chemical, and that is really great news for michigan. the military, we will show the whole world that america is strong again. we will rebuild our badly depleted military and are sure that our service members have the equipment, training, technology and resources of that they need to get the job done
and done correctly. [applause] mr. trump: but i always add, we will have the strongest military in the world come the most updated military in the world, and there has rarely been a time when we needed it as much as this. hopefully we will never have to use that power. we are building tremendous power, and hopefully we will never have to use that power. we believe in peace through strength. we will, however, get rid of isis. i am sorry, isis has to go. at the same time, we will ensure our veterans have the best medical care in the world, it is about time. [applause] mr. trump: and health care, we will repeal and replace obamacare. [applause]
mr. trump: we will have health care that is much less expensive and will be much better, much stronger. the murder rates our country has experienced is the largest increase in 45 years. you do not hear that. we are going to support the incredible men and women of law enforcement and we're going to bring this crime wave to an end. [applause] mr. trump: on immigration, we will build a great wall. and we will put an and to illegal immigration and stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth
and many other people. got to stop the drugs. and we are going to have people come into our country, hundreds of thousands of people, we want them to come in, because we will have big, beautiful doors in that wall. but they will come in legally, through a process, legally. [applause] mr. trump: during this campaign, during this campaign, i had a
going to train the people that will replace you, and if you do not do it, you're not getting ok? one of my first executive orders will ask the department of labor to investigate all these abuses that undermine jobs in wages for the american worker. to protect our country from terrorism and extremism, i will
stop immigration and refugee areas where they cannot be processed and vetted. we will have extreme setting. -- vetting. we have no choice, we have enough problems. we will do everything in our power to keep radical islamic terrorists the hell out of our country. [applause] mr. trump: i have no choice. ethics reform will be a crucial
involved with cost, business people understand it. these people they give out ilion's and billions and billions of dollars of contracts to companies should never be allowed to leave and go to work with any of these companies. no more. got to be a lifetime ban. then you wonder why it is costing so much, why is it so high? you look at some of the fighter jets and things that are happening, and i am not just talking about the military, i am talking about other purchases. when they are in charge of purchasing, they should never during their lifetime be allowed to go to work for those companies. they should not be allowed to do it. all of a sudden, they will start negotiating a little bit harder, right? you know the game, come to work for us, let's finish this contract first. we face many challenges, but this is truly an exciting time to be alive. there is never been anything like what we have done. the script is not yet written, we do not know what the page will read tomorrow, but for the first time in many, many years, what we do know is, the pages will be authored by each and every one of you. [applause] mr. trump: the american people will be in charge. your voice, your desires, hopes, aspirations, you will never again fall on deaf ears. you saw what happened at three weeks ago, it is not going to happen. people are paying attention to you now. these people are talking about you every night, they never talked about you. they said, they are not going to show up. they are talking about you
again. we have sanity back. [applause] mr. trump: you will be the captains of your destiny once more. together, we will raise income and create millions and millions of new jobs. you watch andrew and his friends, you watch what will happen. we will lower taxes, unleash american energy, bring new companies to our shores, and stop the company's already here from a viciously leaving. we will reestablish the rule of law, and appoint justices to the supreme court of the united states who will oppose and defend our constitution. [applause] mr. trump: we will heal our divisions and unify our country. when americans are unified, there is nothing we cannot do, no task too great. no dream too large, no goal beyond our reach. my message to night is for all americans, from all parties, all beliefs, all walks of life. no matter your age, your income, your background, your race, i am asking you to join this incredible movement. this movement that nobody has ever seen anything like it before. i am asking you to dream big and bold, things for your country and for yourself. i am asking you to believe in yourself, and i am asking you to believe once again in america. if you do that, then altogether, we will make america strong again. we will make america rich again. we will make america safe again. and we will make america great again. thank you very much. michigan, thank you. god bless you, everybody. god bless you. [applause] ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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what security could look like under the trump administration. and senior president kevin mccourt-martialally will offer advice on federal tax related questions. host: good morning, it's saturday, december 10, 2016 and in today's headlines, last night the senate passed a stopgap measure to keep the government funded until april 28, averting a government shutdown with less than an hour to spare. the senate also passed a dozen other bills in a marathon session that just adjourned a few moments ago. meanwhile, president-elect donald trump continued with his post election thank you tour last night with a rally in grand rapids, michigan. he's also continuing to use his twitter account as he did throughout the campaign. his tweets criticizing