tv ABC7 News 1100PM ABC November 8, 2016 11:00pm-12:01am PST
>> we are back at 2:00 a.m. and 11:00 on the west coast. donald trump is closing in on the 270 electoral votes he needs for the white house. he has 244 to hillary clinton's leading in the states up in the midwest.ates michigan, leading in the state of michigan. he's leading right now in the state of wisconsin. you see it there, as well. 49% to 46% over clinton. leading now in the state of pennsylvania. a win in any one will almost certainly give him the white house, because he's also leading in the state of arizona. and cecilia vega, at clinton
headquarters, boy, what a different scene there right now. >> and what a bizarre scene unfolding. the music playing behind me, bruce i want to tell you george, the campaign chair is leaving the hotel where he's been watching. hillary clinton is in that hotel, and we're told he'll be making an announcement here to say the race is too close to call right now. that's coming in at this moment. we have not heard from hillary clinton herself. the last tweet from her and her twitter account was over four hours ago when she said, whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything. i want to note this arena was to shut down at 2:05 eastern, five minutes from now. we're told it will be kept open a little while longer after that. we don't know for how much longer.
the crowd in here seems to think something's going to happen.oin. there's a number of staffers coming down an escalator where the vip section was filing into this room now, george. >> all right. we may be hearing that at the top with the campaign chair, but when you go through this, state by state by at a time state, i can't see where the clinton team finds hope in this? >> they have to win all three of the big states, pennsylvania, michigan, and wisconsin. right now, big problems in at least two of them. the -- >> hold on, john is showing up now. clinton campaign chair, let's listen to what he has to say. >> thank you. we've been here a long time, and it's been a long night, and it's been a long campaign, but i can say we can wait longer.
they are still counting votes, and every vote should count. several states are too close to call, so we're not going to have anything more to say tonight. so, listen, listen to me, everybody should head home. you should get some sleep. we'll have more to say tomorrow. i want you to know, i want every person in this hall to know, and i want every person across the country that supported hillary to know that your voices and your enthusiasm means so much to her and to him and to all of us. we are so proud of you. and we are so proud of her! she's done an amazing job, and
she is not done yet. so thank you for being with her. she has always been with you. i have to say this tonight, good night, we will be back. we'll have more to say. let's get those votes counted, and let's bring this home. thank you so much for all that you have done. you are in all of our hearts. thank you. >> the clinton campaign, saying every vote deserves to be counted. they're got going to have anything more to say. likely because they have nothing good to say right now. donald trump with 244 electoral votes, and we see the people getting up, starting to leave. can you hear me there? okay. we lost her there. john, you pointed out, like john
k kerry, in 2004, watching the votes in ohio, didn't concede until the next morning. >> interesting whether donald trump would concede, it's clear we won't have a hillary clinton concession speech no matter what happens. it's not over. we have not called the race, but, george, looking at the way the vote is coming in, it's really hard to see how it's possible for hillary clinton to win the race. she's behind in all three of the big states. pennsylvania, michigan, and wisconsin. >> another state came in, it's not the big one, but the state of maine. that's going to be a split. three electoral votes in the state of maine go to hillary clinton, and donald trump wins that second congressional district getting more from the state of maine. >> he probably does not need because all he has to do is win one of three states where he currently has a lead, and there's a dwindling number of votes left. >> i think we have cecila back now. people are packing up, not what
they expected tonight. >> reporter: not at all what they expected tonight, george, but defiant from the hillary clinton campaign. going back to the debate that donald trump and hillary clinton had where the one thing he complimented her on was she's a fighter. you're seeing that from the campaign, not going down tonight, but going down swinging and not giving up on this one. >> not giving up yet, but their back is up against a wall as we said all night long here, 244 electoral votes for donald trump, and, you know, you brought up the debates , and ths was the point you made, you look at if campaigns are supposed to matter, and maybe they just don't. hillary clinton won the conventions, the three debates, the polls coming out afterwards, and seemed to gape strength after every single one of them. >> and she won the organizational infrastructure game that we all talked about.
she had 40 offices in north carolina. he had three. she had 80 offices in florida, he had whatever, five or whatever. she won that game. the staff game. i think when you look at this race, what happened in the primaries, this was a perpalty driven race, a gut -- on both sides in many ways, a gut driven race, voters that loved donald trump, and voters that hated hillary clinton, and when you have that dynamic, it didn't seem -- didn't seem like looking at the map, he needed an infrastructure, either that loved him or hated her. >> pretty clear, and let me bring this to you as we've been talking about a lot of people upset by donald trump, a lot of people fearful of donald trump. how do they come to terms with the idea of him in the white house? >> well, george, not easily. i have to say, because i got an e e-mail from a person of note in the country who gave a great
sports analogy that like in sports, i think it was paul brown, a great coach said, winners say nothing, losers say less, but you expect losers to be graeshcious, and part of the healing process, a lot is said about what donald trump may have to say or do to heal the gap. there's app expectation of what hillary clinton may have to say and do to heal the gap. people are anxious tonight, george. i mean, i think people are, as was reported earlier, there's a number of people, certainly, hispani hispanics, who are fearful about being deported. people of color who are fearful that some of the tension we saw from the trump rallies, you may see on the streets of america, that people may feel end bombolo act a certain way. george, i have to say, we talked about the beginning of the night, the history of our country, and we prove as a nation no matter what, we
survived the civil war, we survive two world wars, the civil rights era, and that whatever happens tomorrow, our history suggests that we always rise to the occasion, and so i have no doubt that we'll rise to this one. >> well, we survived the civil war, but almost 600,000 americans were killed, so it's not a period that we want to reprep kate, and there is, certainly, thank god, no issues like slavery to separate us and send us to war, but there is a tremendous sense of disappointment. keep in mind, there were people lining up at susan b. anthony, the great sufferist's grave today by the hundreds. 3,000 people came to watch the who were in their 90s ld be and 100s who have been waiting for this day their whole life
thinking they would die having seen a woman president. little girls all over the country who thought this was going to be a day where they would see a woman president and aspire to that. there is going to be a sense of enormous disappointment and really a sense of really? again? we can't do it. even though the majority of the voters said she was better qualified and had a better temperament to be president, she couldn't be elected president. >> one of the things we have to think about is the country has become much more diverse. a the lot of people of color are sitting at home wondering what just happened? also i think having grown up in a working class community, i drove down to virginia in the area where i grew up, a lot of trump signs and working class non-college educated white people believe that trump spoke for them. we have to come up with a new
term, trump democrats that applies as well. a lot of big issues that trump will have to face if he becomes the president of the united states. normally and namely race and policing. all the issues are out there. what will his relationship be with the fbi director who said that the e-mails never mind. he sharply criticized the director and what will that relationship be? he would seek prosecution of hillary clinton. >> he did say he would bring up a special prosecutor to look at her as well. are cokie just showed me an e-mail that the crowd at the trump rally tonight began shouting, lock her up. >> i don't know how you heal this. i don't know what he can say or what anybody can do to heal this.
>> a lot is riding on this. she is going on out and told the country throughout the last weeks of this campaign that he is dangerous and unfit and temperamentally unsound. now she has people that are sobbing and crying and see somebody described that way elected president of the united states. i think back to al gore when democrats felt that the president presidency had been stolen from them by the supreme court. al gore came out and gave one of the greatest speeches of his career that tried to bring the country together. >> president obama as well. what does he say? >> everybody has to do their part in talking about unity and unifying the country. i do want to go back to
something that john said. i think trump's speech matters most here. he is the one that used the divicive language and lodged threats against people. threatening a precious prosecutor and threatening revenge against people against him. if he comes out at 270 electoral votes, he will be the president-elect. the president-elect has to be the big person and give a speech to bring the country together and he bears that responsibility. >> he threatened the accusers and threatened to sue them. that's one of the first things he has to drop. >> he can drop the threats and i do seriously think he has a big burden and he does need to reach out in symbolic ways whether it's bringing certain people into the white house. i was not a fan of barack obama. he did keep the defense
secretary and he met with people who didn't vote for him. it's really important that trump and advisers sit back and think seriously about what we do for the next few days and weeks and two months. the president-elect, president is quite important for the country. >> no question about it. >> he is an author of a book called hill billiology. a culture in crisis. can begin your book, i grew up poor in a town that has been hemorrhaging jobs and hope for as long as i can remember. that's the way a lot of voters feel as well. let me put the question that i asked to others. what are they looking for from donald trump? what do they want to come out of this election? >> i think that tangibly what they want is a change of direction now. if you get into specific policies like a lot of voters
not voting on policies like they want to see something different from what they have been off of. >> if it doesn't come? >> there will be a medium or long-term. if the jobs crisis is still there and everything that is going in the wrong direction continues, people are going to wake up and be frustrated. i think that folks feel very vindicated right now. they believed in their man. they felt like the media didn't and right now they are pretty excited. >> i think it will be enough for now. the question is whether it will be enough two or years from now. >> back to trump headquarters right now. amy? >> that's right, george. there was angry reaction to john telling the folks to go home from the center that. anger continues as we are hearing chants lock her up, lock her up
comes in and out on the crowd. they are yelling call it, call it. a lot of people want a result tonight and no one has left this ballroom as of yet. they are waiting to hear if trump will come and he will get to the 270 and a network will call it and no one is leaving this room. they are angry and they are shouting. >> the high command of the trump campaign is getting impatient. >> they are heading from what we hear. they are heading down from the motorcade near the hilton blocks from trump power. we expect donald trump to shortly reach that party where we saw amy. there is a question, what will donald trump say and what will his tone be? if history is a lesson in the primaries when he won a state and competitors dropout whether it's ted and they had a bitter and ugly race, he would think ted cruz and say nice things about him.
senator rubio came out. if history caught us anything, donald trump will see a difference. we will say a gracious winner and he will thank his staff and thank his supporters. he will offer an optimistic look towards the future to unite the country. whether he delivers on that, we will have to wait and see. >> the problem is not the speech, but the actions and the days and weeks ahead. >> this is the most puj liftic president if he is president. maybe since harry truman. he has a thin skin. the one thing a president should hava a thick heart. one of the tests for donald trump as he represents all of the people, as he represents their hopes, he is the vessel of the hopes of millions of people and the destinies of all of us. does he rise to that occasion and thicken and keep his eye on the good of the people who put him there or will he be donald
trump that we have come to know so well? >> i will bring it out and start with alex. how much can a 70-year-old man change? it's not income, but justice. there are people at the top of the pyramid who get treated differentlily and get away with things that regular folks don't get away with. >> i know this election is not
about policy details. i realize and i understand it, but that's not the case. when they find out that donald trump's tax plan gives a tax break to all these elites that alex was talking about, what are they going to think? >> they may not feel positive about it, but what's the alternative. for a long time, the elites have been telling them that they are going pretty well. if they are not going well, they say trust us. if you vote for trump, you are going to get a disaster. we had the disaster. we lived it. >> it wasn't be worse. >> and that gets to the point that everyone has been so wrong about this. all the elites tarnished by all this. coming out of this with almost zero credibility. >> that's absolutely right and i suspect we will be feeling it for a while to come. it's not just polls. it was well beyond that.
as matt said and the entire infrastructure. tv ads. the hundreds of millions of dollars that we spent starting with jeb bush and getting 2% of the vote. on to hillary clinton's vast trash chest and apparently losing this election. i think that all of that gets reexamined and we start to say wait, a lot of these people who think they are smart are not so smart. see where we go from there. >> happy to engage in the elite, but things can get a lot worse. that's not going to make a difference. in the world, things can get a lot worse than they are. they are not in great shape. we haven't had a trade war for a
long time and the degree to which i believe if i were donald trump, i would urge him to do domestic policy stuff. you will negotiate that with congress and foreign policy he needs to step back and think about what he inherits and the challenges and the response. president obama with whom i disagreed with a lot, but he brought into his cabinet, he reviewed very failed policies by goush. hillary clinton and bob gets. >> you are saying donald trump should not do what he said he was going to do? >> he should go slow. you could cause an unbelievable amount of damage that you can't make up in years. >> look at donald trump on free trade. he said he is's free trader. the difference between donald trump and most republicans is he's a free trader with teeth. he wants to fight for it. a couple of years from now, what are you going to see? we advanced free trade because
somebody fought for it. you will see somebody on education and republican policy which is trump policy, open it up. every parent can do the same thing. choose the best school for their kids. what is he going to do on the economy? it's regulation. the old economy is dying and the new one is growing. he is going to reduce the regulations. these things have a real impact. there are real policy things in the trump agenda that can open up this economy and education and all of this stuff. >> i don't know that donald trump is necessarily talking about giving power back to the people. he is focused on how he as a central leader alone can do these things. that is going to be a disconnect. where people want to go is power to the people. if donald trump is about power to the people or what? >> he started off saying the only thing wrong with washington is losers and morons are doing
it. look at the agenda he developed. it is a reaganesque open up the economy agenda that republicans are comfortable with. >> i think one of the things that he is going to have to come to terms with is does he tell the truth to the american public? we are in a global economy. the voters that voted for him don't like that. we are in an economy that lowered the standard of living. you can argue about whether or not it's true. his message is pull the drawbridges in and function on our own and improve our own thing. the question, somebody who has not operated like that in the world. donald trump has been a globalist until he ran for president. will he tell the american public the truth. we have a choice. part of a global economy or we are not. >> you make an important point here. we heard a tweet saying donald
trump will take the stage soon. donald trump runs a large business and dozens of countries around the world and said he will have his children continue to run the business. the president is not bound by conflict of interest rules, but all he would be entangled in his business with a lot of foreign interest and foreign leaders who seek influence. >> what are the laws on the books with that. we saw a tweet from donald trump jr. this is so intense. this is so surreal. he just inherited his father's country and ivanka has her own line. is there a law that said donald trump can't have his hand in his businesses? he plays by his own rules and has done this in the campaign. there is a rule and it's not on the books. it's for transparency. the press travels with the candidate and every candidate does it. we sit on the plane and look to make sure everything is okay.
he said i will fly on the big plane and he would start the events without even being there. it shows he plays by his own rules. we don't know what he will do with his business. >> look at the issue of the tax returns. the first president-elect to have not released tax returns in many decades. i think the message that millions of americans sent is it's not the kind of issue that you all believe it is. it was the question we asked when we sat down with donald trump and he said he will. we never did. >> no glass ceiling shattered, but -- >> his apparent election doesn't normalize a totally different standard of leadership and candidacies in this country.
>> that's the $64 question in this case. talking about the elites, you were talking about what they may be seeing as having privileges that others don't. this has been a rebel yon against that. i can't imagine there are not concerns about elites who don't pay taxes and take deductions. that doesn't matter. i would hope, you hope that this will do it. when i say we are in uncharted waters, i don't think we have a clue. >> we didn't have jd here. how does someone who lived a
life far removed from the kind of voters he has gotten, you know the voters. what is the basis of that appeal? even though he doesn't share my values, he's my guy. >> one is the substance that he is talking about taking the country in a new direction even if he is not specific about it. there is this matter of tone and the norms of political discourse. what donald trump has done is blow up every norm that we thought everybody had to follow. for folks who didn't like it in the first place, it's a big deal for them. >> it is, for example, a president cannot appoint and go after the candidate he just defeated whether or not he is an impeccable record. he needs to drop it and he needs to drop it quickly, i think. he needs to reach out to the
groups whom he has insulted in an unprecedented way and personally in a nasty way and reassure them. we will see what he does over not just weeks, but months and years. he needs to start with that. >> like everybody running fore white house who realizes fore governing is a little harder than running for office. i want to read something from the last rally in grand rapids, michigan. corrupt politicians and special interests rule over this country for a very long time. today is our independence day. today, the american working class is going to strike back finally. that's a thing to realize. people don't understand the working class. bringing the country together, e elites have to understand what they don't know as well. they have to -- i know it from walking around among them over the past year and seeing the voters and what they want, so
while some people are disappointed tonight and young women, eventually that glass ceiling will be broken, and eventually it will, but there's a lot of voters tonight who are seep right there who are celebrating this, who look at it as a victory for regular americans. >> question is whether or not trump delivers on this working against head winds of his own creation, talking about the markets around the worldment we have, you know, his talk on trade, could lead to a trade war. he has to now deliver. it's no longer talk and railing against the elites in washington. he has to deliver, and he's going to be going against an economy that is reacting against the very thing he's proposing. >> an economy that's reacting is what he's proposing, perhaps, but an economy that is, you know, the growth is continued over the last four or five years, and job growth is continues, but a lot of people and economists believe the
recovery was on the last legs anyway. >> longest sustained job growth in american history, and that gives out by the nature of the business cycling, so he's already complained the fed has been rigging interest rates to prop up the economy. but he's a wild card on all these questions. we're assuming he'll govern as a normal president. he's been a bull in a china shop of this campaign of political correctness, of how to conduct a campaign. he will be a bull in the china shop for the white house. there's powers lying all around the presidency including the power to appoint -- >> and tom llamas, you talked about the speeches he gave, and we saw in the last ten, 12 days of the campaign, more disciplin disciplined than he had been. before, how much do you believe from watching him close up he's
capable of changing the way he does business because the white house, it's hard to accommodate the way he's done business up until now. >> won't change at all. i agree with people who say it like you, he's 70 years old, how much can he change? he didn't change from the moment he came down to the escalator to font. it was hard for him to hire and fire people at times. he went through three campaign staffs, but in the beginning, he wanted to do it by himself, didn't want to hire people or have a lot of people. when he becomes president, he has to hire hundreds of people to run the country. i don't want to be that sheaf of staff going through the names to becky's people because that's not how he works. >> a name we'll talk about later, not vet have evening, his son-in-law a quiet force in the campaign and could play a role in the white house as well. we're standing by expecting to hear from donald trump soon. he's closing in on the 270 electoral votes needed to take the white house.
we're back a little after 2:30 in the east with donald trump closing in on what would be a stunning and historic victory if he gets final electoral votes. i want to explain to the viewers rights now, we can't call the states where he's in the lead right now, cannot project a victory. i want to bring in our political director to talk about what else is out there. >> well, right now, we are looking at the urban areas, and the clinton campaign sees a mathematical chance, even if it's not practical to overcome the gap. in pennsylvania, it's philadelphia, allegany county is another one, numbers are not in yet, but there's a mathematical chance.
harder to see, but they have data people making the argument, but, frankly, it's not compelling right now. >> pennsylvania and wisconsin. >> and wisconsin and michigan, i think in michigan, they're pointing to the detroit area, oakland county, areas they see votes still outstanding, but, again, as the night goes on, it's a more and more attainable position for them cling to overcome the gap. the trump campaign believes it's over. in fact, they are saying it's an example of them claiming it's a rigged election. they are saying, look, if it was us doing it, there would be outrage over the fact it's not a done deal. there was not a concession speech, pressure on the campaign to recognize the mathematical realities. >> clinton campaign is not saying anything tonight, the white house is not saying anything tonight, and we're waiting to hear from donald trump who is supposed to come address the supporters, we're told, shortly, told he's close by now preparing to address.
we'll see what tone he strikes even before he gets that phone call from hillary clinton, even before he formally has the 270 electoral votes. this is the point where he can begin to reach out to voters, both who supported and those who didn't. >> i'm curious. hillary clinton has not conceded, and we have not called in, nobody else called it yet, what's the tone? the ton is i won? is it a brash way he walks all over people, it's done, let's go down to pennsylvania avenue? i mean, i think it's really curious or play humble and said we've done it, it's time, i'm waiting on her, but congratulate ourselves? i don't know. will he exercise humility tonight? he needs humility before his opponent conceded. >> you know -- >> graciousness stood out for me, and it was in the debate you comoderated, martha, when the question was asked, what can you
say positive about hillary clinton. >> it was tough. >> and she doesn't give up, so -- >> he should say -- bring that up again tonight. what a positive thing. >> doesn't sound like that's what they are doing tonight. >> maybe not. >> tom, what else are you hearing? >> excited, they are waiting, on the way over there. i think we'll see a mature donald trump. i don't think he's going to walk over people tonight or slam hillary clinton. he'll be gracious like he was in the question in the debate, like he was in other primaries. donald trump has two sides. he really does. when you criticize him, when you ask him critical questions, he goes after you and calls you a sleaze. when he thinks you ask fair questions, he'll tell a thousand people that's a great reporter right there. he has two sides. i think we'll see that other side tonight. >> we'll see if he rises to the moment tonight as well, and we are, as i said, waiting to hear from donald trump here at the new york hilton, about ten blocks from here in times square. you see his supporters, they are anxiously waiting, antiis on the
scene as well. amy? >> reporter: that's right, everyone on the edge of their seats, standing here for hours awaiting the outcome. we know donald trump is in the building. we've seen secret service walking along the stage there, preparing to move for him to come in, we're told, there's going to be music before he walks on stage. our reporter says he likes one song in particular, "proud to be an american," waiting to see if we hear that as well, and there's a lot of rumors swirling about what we'll hear from donald trump tonight. will he accept the nomination or state that he's president? will he say let's wait until tomorrow? we don't know what he'll say, but the crowd is ready. there is a real feeling of anticipation. they stopped shouting, and now they are just waiting restle restlessly, truly, for donald trump to head to the stage. >> there's going to be a lot of waiting. we'll see what hillary clinton will do.
we heard john come out saying they want to hear the votes, but going the way it seems now, she'll have to make the hardest phone call of her life. >> exactly, george, and i've been making hard phone calls throughout the night, and i can't get anybody from the campaign to answer my phone calls. they are literally going to voice mail at this point. i just want to show you the scene here behind me, if you can see it. we saw them pack up the confetti machines they planned to blow out herement the hall is completely empty. it's just the media left in here. a handful of staffers, if you will, and people still scratching their heads, but, again, that tone of defiance we heard from john podesta seems to be the message from on high clinton campaign right now, and i just can't emphasize enough, complete radio silence which tells you what they are thinking right now. >> i know you talked to a lot of of democrats and people pretty stunned right now, but is it starting to settle in? do they realize what happened?
>> i think they definitely realize what's happened. you know, i think those that are still finding out the senate races, they are not ready to give up, maggie is up in the ballot count, and there's still some left out. so they are still figuring out how to fight this, and i think that's evidenced by john podesta's speech, but reality is setting in. it's a tough situation, certainly not one we expected to have tonight. >> i'm thinking about the fact when you have something like this, something that's so up expected, it's one of those things you almost have to sit with, so ooem ni'm not surprise secretary clinton is waiting for tomorrow. maybe for her own sake but for the vast majority of the country if it looks like she's going to win the popular vote, sit with this to process what happened before we figure out how to heal the country and move forward. >> a lot of processing going on
and elation there at the donald trump campaign headquarters. they will be having a party, waiting for donald trump to speak. you see the signs there. the new york hilton, donald trump and the campaign, some of them must be shocked as well. this is turning out to be if he can get the final 25 electoral votes hanging out there. as we said, in the most stunning political upset in american histo history. donald trump started flirting with running for the white house in the late '90s, thinking of a reformed party candidate of the white house. >> my first campaign i covered as a journalist was 2004, and there were veteran campaign journalists there that would tell stories about the donald trump campaign when he was just dabbling with it, and they were so hysterical they talked about him bringing the plane to new hampshire and said if this guy runs for president, it will be the wildest ride ever, and they
were all right. >> this campaign has been the wildest ride ever. we may have just begun on a wild ride. donald trump, 25 votes away, electoral votes, from taking the white house, being the 45th president of the united states. and, alex, you have been a supporter for several months of donald trump. when he's in this, and he will have control of the white house, republicans in the senate and house, who's got the balance of power there right now when it comes to government? >> well, after an election like this, it certainly will be donald trump, i think, and his campaign was an expression outrage against a republican establishment that voters thought had failed so he has all the cards going into this. i think republicans are going to have to figure out how to help
donald trump carry the ball and unify, the burden is on the republican establishment, not trump, but looking at that hillary clinton rally tonight, politics is a tough game. nobody wants to be walter mondale. you don't get a silver medal. it's lose or leave town. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president-elect of the united states -- >> there you heard it. they are not waiting. announcing the president elect, mike pence coming on stage with his family. followed shortly behind, no doubt, donald trump and his family. we'll see if he -- there he is. right there.
and tom llamas, we're know getting reports from the trump campaign from two sources that hillary clinton has called donald trump. >> that's what we are hearing tonight, george, and it is out there in other news reports as well that hillary clinton has, indeed, called donald trump to concede this election. >> so there you have it. in a few minutes you'll hear first from the vice president elect of the united states. we can't call it yet, but we heard that hillary clinton has called donald trump, and let's listen to mike pence. >> this is a historic night the american people have spoken, and the american people have elected their new champion. america has elected a new president. it's almost hard for me to
express the honor that me and my family feel that we'll have the privilege to serve as tyour vic president of the united states of america. i come to this moment -- i come to this moment deeply humbled. grateful to god for his amazing grace. grateful to my family. my wonderful wife, and our son, michael, and his fiance, sarah, our daughter, audrey, and our daughter charlotte, i could not
be here without them. i'm deeply grateful to the american people for placing their confidence in this team and giving us this opportunity to serve. i'm mostly grateful to our president elect whose leadership and vision will make america great again. so let me say it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the president-elect of the united states of america, donald trump. >> there he is. you hear the music. you see the man. you see the family. the man who just pulled off the most stunning, unbelievable upset in american political
history, the man who will be the 45th president of the united states, donald j. trump. matthew dowd. >> reporter: i'm taking in the moment, and i'm thinking it was not more than a few weeks ago, that a number of people were trying to tell him to get off the ticket, and now he's the president-elect of the united states, the first time somebody without political experience or served in the military has gotten legislated president of the united states. >> and we can see the emotion in his eyes right there, followed by his son there, his wife melania, and his family, there are his kids by his side this whole campaign. he said he could do it, but they were there every step of the way. >> this was a family campaign.
he didn't have the big surrogates. he didn't have the big political supporters, the celebrities. he had trumps. he had his family, his wife, his children. i'll tell ya, i'm not sure he thought this day would come. i asked him that many times, and, you know, i think he may be as surprised as we are. >> you can see, as i said, emotion on his face now, about to take the podium, congratulations mike pence, his wife, and he will be the next president, tom llamas, we talked about that right in the beginning of the night, whether he believed at the beginning, but it's happened now. >> it has. as john spoke, i was wondering where he goes once he becomes president, if he stays in trump tower or goes to the white house. >> let's listen.
>> thank you. thank you very much. sorry to keep you waiting. complicated business. complicated. thank you very much. i just received a call from secretary clinton. she congratulated us, us, about our victory, and 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. 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 this nation, i say it is time for us to come together as one united people. it's time. i plemg to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans, and this is so important to me. for those who have chosen not to support me in the past, because there were a few people, 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 loved their country and wanted a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family. it's a movement compromised of americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beli beliefs who want and expect our government to receiver the people and serve the people it will. working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the
american dream. i've spent my entire life in business looking at the up tapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. that is now what i want to do for our country. tremendous potential. 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 realize his or her fullest potential. the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. we are going to fix our p iner 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. we will also, finally, take care of our great veterans. they have 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 honors. our veterans are incredible people. we will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal. i'll harness the tlalents of th people afor the benefit of all. it's going to happen. 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. we will be. we'll 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 setting for anything less than the best. we must reclaim our country's destiny and dream big and bold and dare iing. we have to do that. we're going to dream of things for our country and beautiful things and successful things once again. i want to tell the world community that while we'll always put america's interest first, we'll deal fairly with
everyone, with everyone. all people and all other nations. we will seek commonground, not hostility, partnerships, not conflict, and now i'd like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what nay are calling tonight, very, very historic victory. 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. i also want to thank my sisters, maryann and elizabeth who are here with us tonight, and where are they? they are here someplace. they are very shy actually. and my brother, robert, my great
friend, where is robert? where is robert? my brother, robert. and they should all be on this stage, but that's okay. they are great. also, my late brother, fred, great guy, fantastic guy. fantastic family. i was very lucky. great brothers, sisters, great unbelievable parents. to melania and don and and eric and tiffany and barren 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. i want to thank my family very much. really fantastic. thank you all, thank you all. unbelievable job. unbelievabl unbelievable. vanessa, thank you very much. what a great group. you've all given me such incredible support, and i will tell you we have a large group of people. they said we have a small staff. not so small. look at all of these people we have. look at all of these people. and kelly anne and chris and rudy and steve and david, we have got tremendously talented people up here, and i want to tell you it's been very, very special. i want to give a special thanks to our former mayor who is unbelievable, unbelievable.
he traveled with us. he went through meetings and, yeah, rudy never changes. where is he? rudy. governor chris christie, folks, was unbelievable. thank you, chris. the first man, first senator, first major, major politician, let me tell you, he's highly respected in washington because he's as smart as you get, senator jeff sessions. where is he? great map. another great man, very tough competitor, he was not easy. he was not easy. who is that? is that the mayor that showed
up? is that rudy? oh, rudy got up here. another great man who has been really a friend to me, but i'll tell you, i got to know him as a competitor because he was one of the folks that was negotiating to go against those democrats, dr. ben carson. where is ben? where is ben? and, by the way, mike huckabee is here someplace, and he is fantastic, mike, his family, sarah, thank you very much. general mike flynn, where is mike? and general keller, we have over 200 generals and admirals that have been in our campaign, and they are special people, and it's really an honor. we have 22 congressional