Years of division in the country are on the way out as the next president fuels big dreams for all Americans.
That message continued Tuesday during an energy-filled rally in North Carolina with President-elect Donald Trump. He’s pushing forward to upend conventional thinking and guide the country toward unity.
Trump’s rally follows a flurry of meetings and announcements supporting his message.
The Associated Press reported that Trump promised to “heal our divisions and unify our country” as he prepares to meet with some of the victims of last week’s car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University. Trump fired up the crowd:
When Americans are unified there is nothing we cannot do — nothing! I’m asking you to dream big again as Americans. I’m asking you to believe in yourselves.
The Republican businessman largely stuck to the script – even stopped the crowd when it started to boo the media – and avoided some of the score-settling and scorched-earth rhetoric that defined his campaign and was present last week in Cincinnati.
Trump’s unconventional campaign and business skills have proved rewarding even before he takes office.
Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year Wednesday. It was a choice the magazine’s managing editor said was “straightforward” given that Trump had upended politics-as-usual during the course of his extraordinary race for the White House.
Trump acknowledged the award in a telephone interview on NBC’s “Today” show.
It’s a great honor. It means a lot.
Trump is expected to visit Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, according to a person familiar with the plans but not authorized to discuss them before they are announced.
Authorities have said Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, stabbed students before being fatally shot by police. They said Artan, a Somali immigrant, was inspired by Islamic State rhetoric. Trump has denounced the immigration policies that allowed Artan into the country.
In North Carolina, he repeated his vow to fortify the nation’s military and brought retired Marine Gen. James Mattis on stage, officially naming his choice to be defense secretary after teasing it last week.
Earlier Tuesday Trump took on Boeing over proposed Air Force One replacement aircraft. He tweeted that the planned replacement was “out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”
Trump also showcased a $50 billion business investment from SoftBank, a massive telecommunications company that counts Sprint among its holdings. Trump made the announcement with the company CEO inside Trump Tower and said the deal would bring 50,000 jobs to the US.
Trump doesn’t back down on what he pursues and he doesn’t stop working.
It’s a stark contrast to the last eight years of drawing lines in the sand then erasing them, and spending too much time on the golf course while the country erodes.
The next four years foretell a whirlwind of political and business deals to get America dreaming and surging again.
Hang on to your hats, and hair, for a great ride.