Following the announcement that Hillary Clinton would not be speaking early Wednesday morning, her opponent took the stage at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke first: “This is a historic night. The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion. … It’s almost hard for me to express the honor that I an my family feel, that we will have the privilege to serve as your Vice President of the United States of America.”
He continued, “I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace, grateful to my family. … I could not be here without them. And I’m deeply grateful to the American people for giving us this opportunity to serve. And I’m mostly grateful to our president-elect, whose vision and leadership will make America great again.”
Donald Trump followed, surrounded by wife Melania and the rest of his family:
“Sorry to keep you waiting — complicated business,” he began. “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very hard-fought campaign. She fought very hard. 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 continued, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. To all republicans and democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be a president to all Americans. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help, so w can work together and unify our great country. As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up by millions of hardworking Americans who love their country and want a better and brighter future for themselves and their families. … Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. … The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
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