I have listened to both Trump’s victory speech and Hillary’s concession speech. Only one speech was free of barbs. Trump’s was made when it was clear he had won while Hillary chose to wait until the next day. I think it was disgusting that Hillary sent her supporters home rather than give them her concession speech on the night. It was bad enough that they had lost but to expect them to come back the next day just to listen to her speech was incredibly rude and selfish.
Here is a comparison of key points from both speeches.
But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
Barb one: clearly anyone who voted for Trump represents the worst of America. This reinforces her basket of deplorables slur against anyone who supported Trump.
I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.
I mean, she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.
I mean that very sincerely.
No barbs in that statement. He acknowledged his opponents campaign and service to her country. He even indicated that the American people should be grateful for her service.
We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.
We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.
There are so many barbs in this statement:
1. Her losing means that the nation is deeply divided.
2. A thinly veiled hint that Trump winning will result in violent protests which is why she is cautioning them to allow a peaceful transfer of power.
3. A Trump win means that her supporters will need to defend people’s equality, dignity and freedom of worship and expression because they will be under threat under a Trump administration.
To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.
It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will.
Trump is being very inclusive and has extended an olive branch to the opposition acknowledging that he can use their guidance and help. He makes it clear that he is serving Americans from all races religions backgrounds and beliefs.
Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet.
More barbs from Hillary smearing Trump and his team as only wanting to help rich people and not caring about protecting the planet or America.
Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. We will also finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey.
The time I’ve spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors.
Our veterans are incredible people. We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal. I will harness the creative talents of our people, and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all.
Trump is being aspirational, and inclusive. He has a plan and he clearly articulates what he is going to do to make America great again. He talks about ” every single American ” he is not divisive, breaking down Americans into various minority and special interest groups.
We spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone.
For people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.
Here Hillary is also talking about Americans but she feels the need to break them down into special interest groups. There is a barb here indicating that Trump’s America is not for all Americans which refers to the smears made against Trump about a disabled boy, the building of the wall and the policy to stop Muslim refugees until they can be vetted properly.
I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone.
All people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.
This is a nationalistic and patriotic statement. Trump is not afraid to say that he will put the interests of America and Americans first.