The next President of the United States has been decided. Shortly before 3 a.m. ET on Nov. 9, Donald Trump was declared winner, besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and achieving the minimum 270 electoral votes to become president. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was eager to announce The Donald at Trump HQ. He took to the stage with his wife, ready to thank the many people who made it possible for himself and Trump to ascend to the highest office in the land. Mike Pence's election night speech was a short and sweet affair compared to a lengthy election night.
This is a historic night. The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion. America has elected a new president and it's almost hard for me to express the honor that I and my family feel that we will have the privilege to serve as the Vice President of the United States. I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace, grateful to my family: my wonderful wife Karen, our son Michael, and his fiancee Sarah, our daughter Audrey far away, and our daughter Charlotte. I could not be here without them and I'm deeply grateful to the American people for placing their confidence in this team and giving us this opportunity to serve. And I'm mostly grateful to the president elect whose leadership and vision will make America great again.
Once Trump made it onstage, he was shockingly subdued. This didn't feel like the same candidate who, only weeks prior, had insinuated that the election was rigged and was shaky on conceding were he to lose. Instead, The Donald vowed to be a "president for all Americans," focusing in many ways on uniting the country rather than continuing on with his divisive rhetoric. Trump also had a strong message to send to the world. "I want to tell the world community that, while we will always put America's interest first, we will deal fairly with everyone," Trump said. "All people and all other nations, we will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict."
All the while, Mike Pence and his family looked on approvingly, smiling, clapping, and shining in the glow of his running mate. "While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is only just beginning," Trump said, before shaking Pence's hand and thanking him. The two are undoubtedly headed to bed, looking to start tomorrow anew as they prepare for a January inauguration.