President-elect Donald Trump brings "Thank You Tour" to West Allis

People line up in cold weather for event
Posted at 9:06 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 23:41:27-05

President-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence were back in West Allis Tuesday for an event dubbed a "Thank You Tour." 

Trump spoke at the the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center.
People were lined up in the cold waiting to get inside the venue Tuesday afternoon.
Trump has been traveling around the country holding rallies as part of the tour.
Trump praised the Wisconsin politicians in the room, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. When Ryan drew boos, Trump said he was "like a fine wine. Every day that goes by I get to appreciate his genius more and more."
Trump and Ryan have not always been so cozy. Ryan disinvited Trump from a rally in the fall, saying he was "sickened" by past profane comments from the presidential candidate. But they started mended fences leading up to Election Day.

Ryan was just one of the speakers who opened for Trump Tuesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Trump's pick for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, also spoke.

Trump started off his speech by referencing the recount in Wisconsin, which affirmed his victory. He said it was the Democrats who were behind it, despite the fact it was led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. 

"I refuse to say it's a scam tonight, that way they can't report I said that," Trump said. 
The visit came on the day Trump named his pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson. Tillerson has come under scrutiny for his ties to Russia.
Many in attendance were there to witness history. 

"He was great man. He's one of us he's an American," said Dean Nickens, Arlington Heights, IL.

"I thought he was just totally awesome. I mean he was so energetic and really he's saying he's going to do this and he's going to do this," explained Sharon Beischer, Mukwonago.

After listening to Trump talk directly to them, several Wisconsin voters say they're hopeful.

"I think that the jobs because I did lose a job to Mexico so if he can bring work back anything it's important," said Ray Trolle of Elm Grove.

"I thought it was great to hear some positivity cause I think that's what this country needs. I think it's the direction that we need to go in so it was fantastic to hear that and to believe it," said Patti DeQuardo of Heartland.

Trump credited Gov. Scott Walker, Ryan and Mike Pence for helping him win Wisconsin.

"I will never forget you and I will never ever stop fighting for you," Trump said.