Trump Wins Presidency, Calls for Unity
President-elect Donald Trump spoke at this headquarters (at 2:48 a.m. ET) amid chants of “USA, USA.” Trump said he received a call from Secretary Clinton, “congratulating us” on the victory and he in turn congratulated her on “on a hard-fought campaign.”
In his address, Trump said he owes a “major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
“Now it’s time for Americans to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across the nation, it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me,” said Trump.
“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 that we can work together and unify our great country,” he said.
“Ours was not a campaign, but rather a great movement that was made of millions of Americans who want a better brighter future for themselves and our country.” He further stated that he would be working to re-tap the American Dream.
He closed his 15 minute address by thanking his parents and family, as well as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Jeff Sessions, Dr. Ben Carson and a list of others who were involved in his campaign. He also concluded by saying, “I love this country.”
At around 2 a.m. ET, NBC News reported that Donald Trump had 56,889,128 votes and a projected 248 electoral votes; and Hillary Clinton had 55,865,063 votes with a projected 218 electoral votes. The electoral projections differed by news organizations and Clinton’s campaign has indicated that they would be going to sleep for the night instead of waiting for any final decision. Minutes later, FOX News and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser both reported that Trump has won the presidency.
Vice President elect Michael Pence gave a brief address (2:45 a.m. ET) at the Trump Election Night Headquarters and introduced Trump who also addressed a crowd of supporters.