In one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump said in his victory speech after the Associated Press called the race for him at 2:30 am Wednesday morning. In his post-win speech, he thanked opponent Hillary Clinton for her “service to the nation” and hinted at healing a country bruised by a grueling and divisive campaign season.
According to the sources, striking a conciliatory tone, Trump said, “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.”
He also said Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the race. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. “I mean that very sincerely.”
“This political stuff is nasty and it’s tough,” said Trump, who will be the 45th US President, and yet one who has never held public office. And about his opponent, who has indeed held public office, he had nothing but extremely nice things to say.
Even though he would later talk of putting America front and centre by “no longer settling for anything less than the best” and “reclaiming the country’s destiny”, he started his speech saying he “will be President for all of America”, even for those “who’ve chosen not to support me.”
Thereafter, ‘reclamation’ was essentially the theme of his speech, just like his campaign slogan, which was “Make America Great Again.” His subtext was, of course, that in previous administrations, the US fell from some allegedly vaunted position it once held in the world.
“We are going to fix our inner cities, we are going to rebuild towns, schools, hospitals….which will become second to none…and we will put millions of our people to work. We will also finally take care of our great veterans. Everyone in this country will realize their potential, the forgotten men and women won’t be forgotten anymore,” Trump said.
Trump would again talk of getting along with other countries, while he talked of his yet-unclear plan for economic growth.
“We have a great economic plan, we will double growth and have the strongest economy in word and we will at same time get along with all nations. We expect to have great, great relationships,” Trump said, exhibiting his gift for hyperbole and vague generalizations, yet again. “Unbelievable, unbelievable,” he said, during his victory speech, about his win. That was no hyperbole.
“We are going do beautiful things and successful things once again,” Trump said, using one of his favorite words from the campaign trail, ‘beautiful.’ Except this time, he was talking about America