By Hazel Trice Edney
“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, 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 to her service for our country,” Trump said in his victory speech.
Appearing to extend an olive branch directly to his opponents, Trump added, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”
He continued, “I pledge to every citizen of our lands that I will be the president for the American people. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, for 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.”
The electoral vote of 289-218 won the election for Trump at a magnitude that was least expected by exuberant Democrats who gathered at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for Hillary Clinton’s Victory Party. He only needed 270 to win. As the night grew late and Trump began to win state after state, even the press room grew nearly silent as reporters – anticipating the coverage of a victory party – watched the anticipated story of America’s first woman president dissipate before their eyes.