Clinton concedes; Trump speaks

Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump around 2:30 (it appears) to concede the election and congratulate the tycoon. Trump then gave his victory speech.

Trump was exceedingly gracious. He spoke highly of Hillary Clinton, not just for her campaign but for her service to the country.

He then thanked a large number of people, though he seemed almost to overlook Mike Pence. I wouldn’t make much of what appears to have been an oversight — one he tried to correct at the end.

As for policy, the very first thing Trump mentioned was rebuilding the inner cities. I’m not sure how he plans to accomplish this, but it was a good note to strike.

Trump then discussed rebuilding our infrastructure generally. This is a Democratic agenda item, so he may have bipartisan support, and possibly more backing from the Dems than the Republicans, if he is serious.

Trump’s third point was helping veterans. This should have broad bipartisan backing.

In tone, the speech was Trump at his best. No shouting, no bluster, only a few asides — none offensive. He pledged to be the president of all Americans, which is standard stuff. However, he also made it a point to reach out to the great many people who opposed him, saying that he will seek their guidance.

It was the best I’ve ever heard Trump sound except for the moment in the debate leading up to the Iowa caucuses when he defended New York in response to Ted Cruz.

In a word, Trump sounded presidential tonight.

Can he keep it up? Time will tell.

For now, I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

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