Donald Trump was announced President-elect, beating Clinton to the White House
Donald Trump was announced President-elect, beating Clinton to the White House

Donald Trump, the President-elect of the United States of America, called for unity in his acceptance speech on Tuesday night.

Having stormed to a surprise election victory in the mould of Brexit, upending political polling with a wave formed of a core nationalist vote with high turnout.

He uttered these 11 words to his supporters in New York:

Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division.

One could argue, if one was inclined, that Trump cratered those wounds into the country with such divisive statements as these, which dragged political discourse into the dirt:

They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime; they're rapists.

-on Mexican immigrants.

We’re not allowed to punch back any more. You know what they used to do to a guy like that in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.

-on protesters at his rallies.

Lets not forget his sexist comments and his history of misogyny, not to mention the sexual assault accusations:

Or his suggestion to repeal same-sex marriage, or his proposal to ban Islam, or his mocking of a disabled reporter.

So of course Trump says:

To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be a president to all Americans. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help, so we can work together and unify our great country.

Calling for unity is no bad thing, and at this point it seems the US needs it more than ever - but coming from this man it reads as rank hypocrisy and platitude.

Your President to all Americans, ladies and gentlemen.

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