President-elect Donald Trump pleaded for unity in a Thanksgiving messagereleased by his transition on Wednesday.
Trump acknowledged the bitter nature of the presidential campaign in the video, and called for the country to look past partisan divisions as his administration takes power.
“This historic political campaign is now over,” Trump said. “But now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people.”
The call for unity is more evidence of Trump’s marked shift in rhetoric since the campaign ended.
“I am asking you to join me in this effort,” Trump said. “It is time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens. Because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing.”
The Thanksgiving video is the second recording Trump has released since winning the election. He has not yet held a press conference as president-elect, though he has sat for interviews with “60 Minutes” and, on Tuesday, a group interview with reporters, editors and columnists from the New York Times.
Read Trump’s full remarks below.
“We are very blessed to call this nation our home. And that is what America is: it is our home. It’s where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors, and live out our dreams.
“It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve.
“In declaring this national holiday, President Lincoln called upon Americans to speak with ‘one voice and one heart.’ That’s just what we have to do.
“We have just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions just don’t heal overnight. It doesn’t go quickly, unfortunately, but we have before us the chance now to make history together to bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities, and real prosperity to our communities, including our inner cities. So important to me, and so important to our country. But to succeed, we must enlist the effort of our entire nation.