President-Elect Donald Trump (R) delivered a victory speech on Wednesday, November 9 after defeating Hillary Clinton (D) in the presidential election.
Clinton, along with President Obama, also delivered remarks about her loss.
In his victory speech, Trump thanked everyone who contributed to the success of his campaign and spoke of his plans to unite Americans from different backgrounds and improve the economy. The victory speech lacked the divisive language that characterized his campaign, with Trump congratulating Clinton on her well-organized and fought campaign. Throughout his entire speech, Trump maintained a calm and relaxed composure.
At the end of his speech, he thanked the American public for their support, along with all of his staff, and expressed excitement at starting his term in January.
“We will do a great job,” said Trump. “I look very much 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 us, with you. You will say that that was something that you were very proud to do and I can… thank you very much.”
Clinton delivered a concise speech conceding the election to Trump. She thanked those who helped her campaign efforts and urged her supporters to see Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with an open mind.
Clinton also restated the goals of her campaign as values to carry forward, saying that America would be stronger together in the new presidency.
Clinton finished by describing a positive and hopeful future for America.
“I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me,” said Clinton. “I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.”
President Barack Obama spoke on the election from the White House the morning following election day. He congratulated both the President-elect Trump and Clinton on their well-fought campaigns after the results had been finalized earlier that morning. He stated with optimism about what the future held and wished that the transition between his administration and Trump’s will be peaceful and gracious, despite different views.
Obama concluded with a statement on the election, good faith, and placing trust in the country’s President-elect.
“We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right and then people voted. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena, we go at it,” Obama said. “We try even harder the next time. The point though is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens, because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years… It’s how we have come this far.”