- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

Donald Trump kicked off his “thank you tour” Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio, promising to unite a deeply divided country and restore America’s can-do spirit.

He credited Ohio voters, who helped put him over the top to win the presidency on Nov. 8, with fueling the political movement that defied experts and pollsters. But he said that “now the real work begins.”

“We’re not unified. We’re going to be,” Mr. Trump told the energetic crowd of thousands. “I’ve always brought people together. I know you find that hard to believe, maybe you don’t.

He continued: “We are going to find common ground, and we are going to get the job done properly. America is going to start winning again big league.”

The president-elect also called for healing the racial division in the country.

“We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms,” said Mr. Trump, who throughout the presidential race was accused of stirring racism and bigotry.

The event had all the trapping of a Trump campaign rally, including the crowd spontaneously joining in chants of “built the wall,” “drain the swamp” and “lock her up.” The last chant referred to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump repeated many of his campaign promises that are now his governing agenda, including repealing and replacing Obamacare, cutting taxes and federal regulations, defeating the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, and stopping illegal immigration.

But he repeatedly returned to an inspirational message, calling on Americans to join together in a common cause.

“We seek a future where every American child is fully included in the American dream. We have our own American dream, and we’re going to bring back the American dream,” Mr. Trump said. “Now is not the time to downsize our dreams but to set our sights higher than every before for our country.”

The president-elect said he was going to fight the forces in Washington that for too long have divided citizens and pitted them against each other based on age, race, sex and income.

“For too long, Washington has tried to put us in boxes,” Mr. Trump said. “We spend to much time focusing on what divides us. Now is the time to focus on the one thing that truly unites us. You know what that is? It’s America.”

“When America is unified nothing is beyond our reach,” he said.

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