Donald Trump Declares Victory: ‘I’m Going to Be America’s Champion’

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump walked out to Queen’s “We are the Champions” at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York on Tuesday to deliver his victory speech on the final night of the Republican primaries.

“Together we accomplished what nobody thought was absolutely possible,” Trump stated, reading from a teleprompter. “We’re only getting started and it’s going to be beautiful, remember that.”

“Tonight we close one chapter in history and we begin another. Our campaign received more primary votes than any GOP campaign in history,” the real estate mogul touted. “This is not a testament to me, but a testament to all the people who believed real change is possible.”

He said it’s an “honor to lead the Republican Party to victory this fall,” promising not to let the voters down. “I will make you proud of our party and our movement.”

Trump referenced recent polls, which show he is ahead of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “She has made tremendous mistakes,” he said. “We expect our lead to continue to grow and grow substantially.”

“To everyone who voted for me throughout this campaign, I want to thank you,” Trump stated and in an attempt to grow his support, he added, “To those who voted for someone else in either party, I’ll work hard to earn your support.”

He also said to Sanders’ supporters, “We welcome you with open arms.”

“Some people say I’m too much of a fighter. My preference is always peace, however,” he added. “My goal is always, again, to bring people together.”

“I will never ever back down,” Trump said, but if he is forced to fight for something, he will. “I’ve fought for my family. I’ve fought for my business. I fought for my employees and now I’m going to fight for you the American people.”

“I’m going to be your champion. I’m going to be America’s champion,” Trump declared. “This election isn’t about Republican or Democrat, it’s about who runs this country — the special interests or the people.”

“There’s one thing we all have learned, we can’t fix the rigged system by relying on the very people who rigged it,” Trump said of the politicians, specifically calling out the Clintons.

“The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” he said, turning towards the general election. “They’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access,” favors, and government contracts, Trump charged.

“Secretary Clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server,” which he claimed was “designed to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record.”

“Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund,” he alleged.

Trump added that he will give an “informative” speech about the Clintons next week.

Trump promised to protect the American worker, put America first, and make good trade deals.

“I’m here today to tell you we have to change, we have no choice,” he added. “We’re going to put America back to work.”

“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities,” he added, saying he will take care of the African American people who have been mistreated. “Together we will put the American people first again.”


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