Against all odds, polls, and projections, Donald Trump claimed victory in the presidential election Tuesday, delivering a speech at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on Tuesday to a cheering crowd of supporters.
It was an unexpected outcome for the Republican candidate, who beat out not only a stacked GOP primary field but also an even more formidable opponent in Hillary Clinton, who was consistently ahead of him in the polls up and in a much stronger position on the electoral map.
Donald Trump has moved on to thank his family and friends.
“First I want to thank my parents, who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I’ve learned so much from them. They were wonderful in every regard. I had truly great parents.”
He also thanks his siblings, Mary-Ann and Elizabeth, Robert, and his late brother Frederick.
“Fantastic family. I was very lucky. Great brothers, sisters, great, unbelievable parents.
“To Melania and Don and Ivanka, and Eric, and 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. Really fantastic. Thank you all. Thank you all.”
Donald Trump says “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,” he said.
“We will 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 – our country’s destiny. And dream big and bold and daring.”
Donald Trump says he will take care of America’s war veterans:
“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’ve spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honours. Our veterans are incredible people.
“We will embark upon 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 talent for the benefit of all. It’s going to happen.”
“I’ve spent my entire life and 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,” he said.
“I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.”
“Every single American will have the opportunity to realise his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Donald Trump continues:
“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 hard-working 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, back grounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will.”
Donald Trump says “we have to get together.”
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans and this is so important to me.”
Donald Trump promises the crowd he’ll do a “great job” as president.
“So it’s been what they call 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’ll do a great job. We’ll do a great job.”
“I look very much forward to being your president. And hopefully at the end of two years or 3 years or 4 years, or maybe even 8 years…
“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.
“It’s my honour, it was an amazing evening, it’s been an amazing two-year period, and I love this country.”
Donald Trump has also spoken about the Secret Service officers, who have protected him through the campaign.
“They’re tough, and they’re smart and they’re sharp and I don’t want to mess around with them, I can tell you,” he said.
“And when I want to go and wave to a big group of people and they rip me down and put me back down, but they’re fantastic people.”