As part of President-elect Donald Trump’s “Thank You Tour”, where he is touring the states that helped him win the election to say thank you to the people, Trump stopped in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night to deliver a victory speech.
At the rally, Donald Trump mentioned making an offer to purchase the fireworks that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had previously reserved for election night, intending to set them off over the Hudson river once her “victory” was announced, which as we know never ended up happening.
Although they reserved the fireworks, the NY Post stated the Clinton campaign canceled them days before the election, apparently due to not having the proper permits.
Trump starts by telling the crowd that he knew the Clinton campaign was having problems when Hillary Clinton rented out an entire convention center, versus the ballroom that he had reserved, and spent around $7 million on fireworks.
“So they had the ballroom and they spent millions and millions on this massive fireworks display, with the big barges on the [Hudson] river, and that was about a month before the election. But 3 days before the election, they canceled the fireworks, and I thought well, that’s a good signal.”
“So when I heard they spent $7 million on the fireworks, and I didn’t know if we were going to win or lose, but I was feeling really good, we sent them over just a nice verbal statement.”
“We will offer you 5 cents on the dollar for the fireworks, they never responded,” Trump said as the crowd cheered his statement.
Trump followed by saying “I thought I could buy the fireworks cheap! Just like I don’t want to buy an airplane for 4 billion dollars, ok?” The crowd continued to cheer and chant “Trump, Trump, Trump!”
Always the businessman, never the politician, Trump is always on the lookout for a good deal and ways to save money, which should come as a novel concept to our existing government.
— Alaskans 4 Trump (@TCB_AK) December 10, 2016
Although Trump was joking, I would imagine anyways but you never know, it was a great example of the differences between his way of thinking, which is focused on saving money, and the traditional politicians thought process of throwing money at a problem.
The full video of Trump’s Michigan speech is below, his comments about the fireworks start at around the 1:44:00 mark.