Congratulations to Donald Trump on being elected the 45th president of the United States.
Trump defied the odds and the traditional political playbook to defeat a determined Hillary Clinton.
His pledge to “make America great again” connected with many voters, especially those who felt ignored by the political establishment.
But Trump has his work cut out for him.
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The presidential campaign was ugly and bitter and painful to watch at times. There were accusations of racism, sexual assault, corruption and a rigged election.
The country is so polarized that many Clinton supporters couldn’t fathom how anyone could vote for Trump, and vice versa. Many feared for our country if their candidate didn’t win – and many may still feel that way today.
It is difficult to see how the nation can now find common ground.
But the challenges facing our country are substantial and pressing – including slow economic growth, budget deficits, stagnated incomes, race relations, immigration, health care, terrorism and instability overseas. It is imperative that Trump and the new Congress work together to tackle these and other issues.
We can’t afford four more years of gridlock and partisan finger-pointing in Washington, D.C.
Trump struck the right tone during his victory speech. “Now it is time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
That will be difficult, given Trump’s divisive rhetoric during the campaign. But our country must move past this election and work toward a better future.