Trump tells supporters they were 'violent' during election, 'mellow' after victory

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday joked with supporters that they were 'vicious' and 'violent' during the U.S. presidential campaign, but that now they are 'mellow' in the wake of their November election victory.

"Four weeks ago... you people were vicious, violent, screaming 'where's the wall? We want the wall'; screaming 'prison, prison, lock her up'. I mean, you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win," Trump told a rally in Orlando, Florida, where he was continuing his post-election 'thank you' tour with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

"But now, now, it's much different. Now, you're laid back, you're cool, you're mellow, right? You're basking in the glory of victory... You're not nearly as vicious or violent," he continued.

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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon

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Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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Candidate Trump had sometimes encouraged his supporters using violence on protesters, and on at least one occasion said that he would like to punch a protester himself.

He was criticized during the election for refusing to condemn out right the violence that sometimes marred his mass rallies.

During the Republican primary race, he also warned that there would be riots in the streets if the Republican Party denied him the nomination for the November election, despite his being the most popular candidate among Republican voters.


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