WEST ALLIS -- "We're going to keep winning, and winning, and winning -- whether they like it or not!" President-elect Donald Trump stopped in West Allis on Tuesday evening, December 13th -- the latest stop on his "Thank You Tour." He is the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
The President-elect pumped up the crowd and laid out plans for his presidency. He said he wants to make it illegal to burn the American flag, and of course, he has plans on the U.S./Mexico border.
"We`re going to build a wall," President-elect Trump said.
He was introduced by his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Governor Scott Walker and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
The rally took place at the Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center.
President-elect Trump praised Ryan during their first joint appearance.
"He's like a fine wine," President-elect Trump said of Ryan at his West Allis, Wisconsin rally. "Every day that goes by, I get to appreciate his genius more and more."
Ryan has had an at-times tumultuous relationship with President-elect Trump during the 2016 election.
Two previous times the men were set to campaign together were scuttled, including one in the wake of the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape where President-elect Trump described sexually assaulting women.
In the wake of the tape, Ryan told House Republicans in October that he would no longer defend the nominee and would devote the remainder of the campaign season to helping Republicans in down ballot races.
"It was before I had my driver's license the last time Wisconsin went Republican. This is amazing," Ryan said Tuesday in West Allis. "I want to thank Donald Trump. I want to thank Mike Pence."
When he took the stage, President-elect Trump began the rally by wishing a "Merry Christmas" to the audience and thanking them for supporting him.
"Eighteen months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we were going to come back some day and say 'Merry Christmas' again," he said, with the crowd cheering. "But I'm here today for one main reason -- to say thank you to the people of Wisconsin."
Five weeks after the election, it was clear the magic of that night hasn't diminished for the President-elect. For several minutes, he reveled in winning each successive swing state before he finally got to Wisconsin -- the state that put him over the top.
Hundreds of people were lined up inside the doors at the Expo Center -- and hundreds more waited outside in 10-degree temperatures ahead of the event -- which was scheduled on the day Wisconsin's presidential recount was to be finished. In fact, that happened a day ahead of time -- and showed Mr. Trump actually won by 131 more votes than he did on November 8th.
President-elect Trump said after the recount, it was like he won twice. He said the recount was worth it because he came out with more votes than on November 8th.
As for his rival, Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump said he no longer wants to investigate her, but he seemed to enjoy the "lock her up" chants from the crowd.
"You people don't stop. 'Lock her up. Lock her up.' I used to say when I hear this chant -- 'let's just win on November 8th,' but now we've won. Big league. You people, I'll tell ya, tough people in Wisconsin, fellas," President-elect Trump said.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke also spoke at the rally -- urging the crowd to keep up the fight against Mr. Trump, asking them: "Do you have your pitchforks and torches ready?"
The crowd was so large Wisconsin State Fair Park officials opened a partition in the back of the room to allow for more people. The Fire Marshal indicated that would be done when the crowd reached 6,000.
It was a large and lively crowd at the Wisconsin Expo Center Tuesday evening. There was chanting, cheers and a crowd that was mostly excited to hear from President-elect Trump.
"He`s really going to make our country great again. I have no doubt," Sandy Kindigoguzlu said.
"We`re just here to listen and hear it and really cheer and congratulate him on his big win," Justin Hammerbeck said.
Hammerbeck brought his two sons to the rally.
"For these guys and what it means for their future. It`s a big deal for our family and we talk about it a lot," Hammerbeck said.
Most arrived hours before the event was set to begin.
"I`m pumped up because we finally got a president that`s a real person, that doesn't think like a politician," Maurice Gelk said.
There were several protests that broke out during President-elect Trump's speech -- but those FOX6 News spoke with were excited to be there, and hopeful for the future.
Prior to President-elect Trump's visit to West Allis, Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa released the following statements:
Congresswoman Gwen Moore:
"There is a growing consensus that the Russians hacked our election process.
Given President-elect Trump invited Russian interference in the election during campaign remarks, it seems disingenuous to now doubt intelligence community reports of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He needs to spend less time at Trump Tower and more time with U.S. intelligence professionals going over his daily intelligence briefing. Ignoring these briefings is a disservice to the American people, even if he does not necessarily like what he hears.
These are very frightening developments, especially when considered with the fact that President-elect Trump has chosen to nominate a Secretary of State with no foreign policy experience other than his close ties to Vladimir Putin."
Representative JoCasta Zamarripa:
"Instead of selecting qualified individuals with records of helping everyday Americans get ahead to fill his cabinet, Trump has appointed extremely wealthy individuals who have little to no record of government or civil service. Furthermore, many of them have records that stand in direct opposition of what is best for the American people, including outsourcing jobs, opposing the minimum wage, and representatives of the same banks that ripped off the American people and caused the great recession back in 2008.
It is clear Trump has no interest in changing the ways things are and is selling out Main Street to keep his corporate friends and wealthy special interests happy. If our new President-elect is truly going to put workers first, he should show it right now, and stand up to House Republicans who have put American jobs and industry in jeopardy."
President-elect Trump kicked off his “thank you tour” across a series of states that propelled him to victory with a rally on December 1st in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The “thank you” tour was first announced in late November — set to focus on the battleground states that proved critical in the 2016 election.