The following is an excerpt from Ben Mathis-Lilley | November 9, 2016 | Slate.com |
Donald Trump just spoke in New York City, giving what was—aside from his customary ad libs and an extended section, resembling a wedding speech, that involved thanking and complimenting supporters such as Chris Christie, Ben Carson, and Republican National Committe Chairman Reince Priebus—a fairly standard president-elect address about unity.
He complimented his opponent:
I congratulated her and her family on 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. I mean that very sincerely.
He hyped one of the more broadly appealing elements of his platform, his plan to spend money on infrastructure, and nodded to nonwhite Americans:
Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement. ... 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. ... We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We're going to rebuild our infrastructure. Which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.
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