President-elect Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to unify a deeply divided nation, having scored a stunning victory backed by extraordinary support from working-class America.
The tough-talking New York billionaire claimed victories in the nation’s premier battleground states, but his appeal across the industrial Midwest – Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in particular – sealed a victory that defied pre-election polls and every expectation of the political establishment.
“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump told supporters gathered in a Manhattan hotel near his Trump Tower campaign headquarters.
Some protests broke out after Trump’s election. At the University of Pittsburgh students took to the streets with chants of, “No Trump, no KKK.” In Portland, Oregon overnight protesters chanted, “Impeach Trump”.
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In his victory speech, Trump also 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 said, the stage crowded with family and his most loyal allies.
He addressed the nation after sweeping most of the nation’s top battlegrounds – and created some new ones.
Donald Trump’s victory speech in full – video great speech! .. “dream big, bold and daring..” https://t.co/TjlNKVGooh
— Jay L (@chestersprings) November 9, 2016
Celebrity reaction to Trump’s win swept social media. Via Twitter John Legend said, “I feel like America just sent in our tuition check for Trump University.’
India Irie tweeted: “I always thought goodness was true. Tonight I realize HOW the Majority of our country REALLY thinks. I cant process.”
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House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump Tuesday night to congratulate him on his “incredible victory.”
“We are eager to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to advance an agenda to improve the lives of the American people,” Ryan, who had a rocky relationship with Trump at times, said in a statement. “This has been a great night for our party, and now we must turn our focus to bringing the country together.”