Column: Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States

Early on the morning of November 9, news organizations all over the country projected Donald Trump as the winner of the 2016 presidential election. After nearly seventeen months of campaigning, the Republican businessman defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Along with reclaiming the White House, Republicans also won majorities in both houses of Congress.
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After his unexpected victory, Trump delivered a speech in which he pledged to be president for all Americans: "To all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people." He continued, "As I've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible 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."

Donald Trump was not my first choice...or my tenth. However, he is the person whom millions have chosen to lead our country, and I am optimistic about his presidency. I hope that, over the next two months, we see the nation come together and unite. I also hope that Donald Trump uses this opportunity to restore and strengthen our prosperity, security, and freedom.

In a video message to the nation, the president-elect stated, "Now begins a national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the great promise of America for all of our people. I'm asking you to join me in this effort. It's time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens because, when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach. Let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead."

The opinions of the stated author does not constitute an official position of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District or of the LS News editorial board.

--Pierson Castor, LS News Columnist
Edited: AZ

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