After waging a fiercely divisive campaign that ultimately netted him the White House, Donald Trump called for unifying Americans early Wednesday.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he told cheering supporters at a Manhattan hotel.
“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 pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
Trump said he received a call from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton conceding the race and congratulating him on his win.
He said he, in turn, told her she had fought hard, and in his speech, he only praised the former rival he regularly referred to as “Crooked Hillary” on the campaign trail.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for service to the country,” Trump said. “I mean that very sincerely.”
In his 15-minute speech, Trump said he planned to focus on growing the nation’s economy, embarking on infrastructure projects that would put millions of Americans to work and caring for the nation’s veterans. There was no mention of mainstays of his campaign rhetoric, such as building a wall along the southern border and making Mexico pay for it or ripping up trade deals.
Instead, he pledged to work with other nations.
“We will seek common ground, not hostility. Partnership, not conflict,” Trump said.
(Los Angeles Times)
An ambitious measure to dramatically expand Los Angeles County’s mass transit system widened its lead Wednesday morning as election officials counted ballots into the wee hours of the night.
With 46% of the precincts reporting, 68.82% of voters gave a thumbs-up to Measure M, as of about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. That’s above the 66.67% threshold it needs to win.
On Tuesday night, Measure M backers were optimistic they would pull off a win.
"I’m superstitious. I don’t ever declare victory until the end," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. But, he added, early results looked "very promising."
Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Jackie Dupont-Walker, the agency’s only voting director who is not an elected official, said she was hopeful that the measure would pass.
"I’m feeling good," she said, adding that she had spent the last few days crisscrossing the county, talking to transit riders along the Expo Line and the Silver Line busway.
Garcetti also spoke optimistically about Measure HHH, an ambitious measure to tackle the homeless problem in Los Angeles.
"People said here, solve the problems that we face every day," Garcetti said, referring to both Measure M and Measure HHH, the proposed $1.2-billion bond to build housing for L.A.’s homeless. "That’s a very strong message coming from Los Angeles and coming from the West Coast."
The Department of Water and Power headquarters building in downtown Los Angeles. Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose), left, and challenger Democrat Ro Khanna.