Washington (AFP) – During his unorthodox White House campaign, Donald Trump thoroughly shredded the rules of American politics, from his often coarse language to his intermittent disdain for basic concepts like freedom of the press.
Since defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton on November 8 to become the US president-elect, his title until he succeeds Barack Obama on January 20, he has made a mockery of those who said he would eventually fall in line.
While he admittedly followed protocol during his post-election visit to the White House, treating Obama with deference in the Oval Office, the Republican billionaire has otherwise blazed a new path in presidential transitions.
His style seems to indicate that the Manhattan property mogul will be a president like no other.
– Victory tour –
Candidate Trump thrived on the campaign trail at his large arena rallies. President-elect Trump has tried to recreate that atmosphere with his “thank you” tour through the swing states that propelled him to victory, wrapping up Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.
Hats with slogans, anti-Clinton chants and plenty of colorful signs? They’re back.
“They are saying, as president he shouldn’t be doing rallies but I think we should, right?” Trump told the cheering crowd in Mobile.
“We’ve done everything else the opposite. This is the way you get an honest word out because you can’t give it to them because they are so dishonest,” he added, slipping in one of his customary jabs at the media.
For Peter Kastor, a history professor at Washington University in St Louis, “the ‘thank you’ tour is unusual for presidents, but it is completely consistent with his campaign style.”
“Every president has in some…