Trump Sounds Call for Unity, 'America First'; 'There Is No Global Anthem'

By Susan Jones | December 2, 2016 | 6:28am EST
President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - 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."

Later in his speech, Trump called for a "truly inclusive society, where we support each other, love each other, and look out for each other. And that means that people coming into our country have to be people that have the potential to love us, not to hate us.

"We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms," Trump continued. "We denounce all of the hatred, and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation. We're going to come together. We have no choice, we have to, and it's better. It's better.

"We seek a future where every American child is fully included in the American dream. We're going to have our own American dream...

"The problems that plague our inner cities or that afflict poor rural communities, and we do have those rural communities, some of them are poor. We're going to help -- we're going to rebuild those communities.

"They're not permanent features of Americans life. They can be fixed, and together we're going to fix them."

Trump noted that the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, where the situation is "far worse than it's ever been."

"You will see changes very quickly," he promised.

Trump prompted boos from the crowd several times when he mentioned the "dishonest press." He mocked the network correspondent who cried the night he won the election. He mocked the press coverage that said he couldn't win the various states that he ended up winning.

And he took one quick jab at his former opponent: "We did have a lot of fun fighting Hillary," he said with a smile.

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