At an enthusiastic pep rally Thursday evening, President-elect Donald Trump thanked the people of Ohio for helping to elect him, and he assured working Americans that he won’t forget them or his promise to make America great again.
“You’re going to be happy, we’re all going to be happy,” Trump told his supporters, who were still pouring into the room when he began speaking.
Part scripted, part off-the-cuff, Trump told the crowd, “From now on, it’s going to be America first.” And he said that means all Americans:
“For too long, Washington has tried to put us in boxes. They separate us by race, by age, by income, by geography, by place of birth. We spend too much time focusing on what divides us. Now is the time to embrace the one thing that truly unites us. You know what that is? America! America. It’s America.
“Because when America is unified, nothing is beyond our reach. I mean that. You’re going to see. You’re going to see. We’re going to have a country that was never so great, you watch — in so many different ways.
“You hear a lot of talk about how we’re becoming a globalized world. But the relationships people value in this country are local — family, city, state, country — they’re local. We’ll compete in the world, we want to compete in the world. But we’re going to compete in the world where it’s a two-way road, not a one-way road — the advantages are going to come back to our country, and they haven’t for many, many years.
“There is no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag, and that flag is the American flag.”
Trump said globalism may be “wonderful,” but now is the time to “focus on our national community.”