When it became apparent that Donald Trump would be the Republican candidate for America’s next presidential election, it was reported that members of the party burned their voting cards.
Other Americans recoiled in fear. Memes predicting disaster were shared.
And so the New York Times decided to interview the man himself to gather some insight into what he was planning to do.
Here’s just one thing he said:
I know people aren’t sure right now what a President Trump will be like. But things will be fine. I’m not running for president to make things unstable for the country.
As president, I’ll be working from the first day with my vice president and staff to make clear that America will be changing in major ways for the better. We can’t afford to waste time. I want a vice president who will help me have a major impact quickly on Capitol Hill, and the message will be clear to the nation and to people abroad that the American government will be using its power differently.
I know everyone won’t like everything I do, but I’m not running to be everyone’s favourite president. Things are seriously wrong in this country. People are hurting, business is hurting. I’m running to move quickly to make big changes.
For Trump has some serious thinking and planning to do now that his role as president may become a reality.
While professing some surprise at his success, Mr. Trump increasingly sounds like a man who thinks he knows where he will be eight months from now, and the unrivaled power he will hold. He talked of turning the Oval Office into a high-powered board room, empowering military leaders over foreign affairs specialists in national security debates, and continuing to speak harshly about adversaries. He may post on Twitter less, but everyone will still know what he thinks.
But he also acknowledged that he might face significant and incessant protests — even thousands of demonstrators massing on the National Mall as he takes the oath of office nearby at the Capitol.
Mr. Trump said he would try to unite Republicans and disaffected Democrats and independents over the next six months before the November election, and then work in office to show Americans that his chief interest was fighting for their needs. He argued that the fact that he would not have to rely on wealthy donors to finance his campaign would ultimately prove appealing to many voters as they realize he is not “bought and paid for.”
The New York Times piece goes on to interview friends and political analysts, who offer insight into what the future holds for America if Donald Trump becomes president.
Read the full piece HERE, but in the mean time all we can do is wait and see.
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