In his speech, Trump is gracious to the defeated Hillary, conciliatory and reaches out to those Americans who have not supported him. He is humble and thanks his family, staff, and politicians who’ve supported him, naming each one. Unlike Hillary, Trump thanks and acknowledges the Secret Service and NYC law enforcement who are tasked to protect him. He knows there’s much work to do, calls on us to help, and promises he will not let us down.
Here’s my transcription of President Elect Donald Trump’s victory speech:
“[To chants of ‘USA, USA’] Thank you. Thank you very much. Sorry to keep you waiting; complicated business. Thank you very much.
I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us [Trump stretches out his arms to envelope the audience] on our victory. And I congratulated her and her family for a very, very hard-fought campaign, I mean 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.
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 this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.
I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me. 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.
As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family. It’s a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government TO SERVE THE PEOPLE, and serve the people it will. Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.
I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential. I’ve got to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It’s going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American who have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
We are going to fix our inner cities, and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re gonna rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of people to work as we rebuild it.
We will also FINALLY take care of our great veterans. They’ve been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey. The time I spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors. Veterans are incredible people.
We will embark on a project of national growth and renewal. I will harness the creative talents of our people, and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talents for the benefit of all.
We have a great economic plan: We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We’ll have great relationships, we expect to have great, great relationships.
No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny, and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We’re going to dream of things for our country, and beautiful things and successful things, once again.
I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone. With people and other nations, we will seek common ground not hostility, partnership not conflict.
And now I’d like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped with this — what they are calling tonight, ‘a very, very historic victory’.
[Trump then thanks his late parents, sisters, brothers, wife Melania, and his children Todd, Ivanka, Erik, Tiffany and Baron] “I love you and I thank you, and especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was TOUGH, this was tough, this political stuff is nasty and it’s tough. So I want to thank my family very much, they’re really fantastic. Thank you, all.”
[Trump then thanks his staff, naming each, for giving him “such incredible support”. He also thanks and names the politicians and military officers who’ve supported and endorsed him: former NY governor Rudy Giuliani, NJ governor Chris Christie, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Gen. Mike Flynn, Gen. Keller (?), 200 generals and admirals, 22 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, the Secret Service agents who protect Trump, and NYC law enforcement.]
It’s been what they call it a historic event. But to be really historic, we have to do a great job. And I promise you that I will not let you down — we will do a great job.
Thank you very much. I look forward to being your President. And hopefully at the end of two years, or three years, or four years, or maybe even eight years, you will say — so many of you worked so hard for this but — you will say that, you will say that that was something that you were really very proud to do [electing Trump]. And I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning. We’re going to get to work immediately for the American people, and we’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your President, you’ll be so proud.
Again, it’s my honor, it’s been an amazing evening, it’s been an amazing 2-year period, and I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.
Thank you. [Trump then turns to his right to greet and thank his VP Mike Pence.]”
Thank you, President Elect Donald Trump.
Thank you for giving your time, seemingly indefatigable energy, and many millions of dollars, and for enduring insults, false accusations and attempted attacks on your life in these many months of grueling and toxic campaign. You could have spent your remaining years enjoying your family and your billionaire wealth. But you chose not to because, like us, you love our country and you want to Make America Great Again.
May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
For election results, see “Trump elected President!”