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Photographing Trump's return to Alabama

Updated 1:21 AM ET, Mon December 19, 2016
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A man in a homemade Donald Trump jacket attends a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, December 17. It was the final stop on the President-elect's "Thank You" tour. Photographer Melissa Golden covered the event on assignment for CNN. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
John Bonner, center, tailgates with friends outside the stadium before the rally. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Attendees gather at the top of the stands to peer into the parking lot as Trump's motorcade arrives. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Mary Nell Moseley and her 8-year-old great granddaughter Lilly Key try to stay dry as they wait for Trump to speak. "I think he'll be wonderful for women," Moseley said. "I think he's gonna be good for everybody." Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Attendees had to pass through a Secret Service checkpoint before entering the stadium. Security was ramped up compared to a Trump rally last year at the same location in Mobile. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
"This is where it all began," Trump told the crowd on Saturday. Mobile marked a turning point in his campaign. In August 2015, some 30,000 people packed the stadium for a Trump rally. It was an early sign that he had broad strength in different parts of the country. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Brad White of White Hot Tees sets out inauguration-themed shirts at his stand outside the stadium. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Mobile's Azalea Trail Maids welcome attendees. They are a group of high school seniors who serve as city ambassadors. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
David Docter of Foley, Alabama, sits in the stands wearing a Santa hat and a Trump shirt. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Identical twins Brenda Simmons, left, and Linda Bookout of Robertsdale, Alabama, attend the rally. "This is our President," Bookout said. "We are excited." Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Reporters work in the rain during the rally. There were fewer people at this year's event, perhaps because of the weather. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Trump walks out on stage to the song "Sweet Home Alabama." Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
An attendee wears a T-shirt that says, "I am a deplorable." At a private fundraiser during the campaign, Hillary Clinton said half of Trump's supporters fit into what she called a "basket of deplorables." After criticism, Clinton later said she should not have said "half" of his backers were deplorable. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
A Trump supporter holds up a rain-soaked "Make America Great Again" sign. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Trump bids Mobile farewell after his speech. "There is no better place to celebrate than here," he said. Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN