Trump: 'We're Going to Unify Our Country'

At DC concert, he promises to 'make America greater'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2017 12:39 AM CST
Trump: 'We're Going to Unify Our Country'
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the "Make America Great Again Welcome Concert" at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump promised to make America "greater than ever before" at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the eve of his inauguration. "We're going to unify our country," the president-elect told the crowd. "And our phrase—you all know it, half of you are wearing the hat—'Make America Great Again.' But we're going to make America great for all our people, everybody." Trump, speaking after a concert that featured Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, and 3 Doors Down, among others, recounted his election victory, boasted about the size of the crowd, and promised the "forgotten man and the forgotten woman" who voted for him that they wouldn't be "forgotten anymore," reports NPR. Fireworks spelled "USA" during the event.

"This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we'll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I don't know if it's ever been done before, but if it has, very seldom," Trump said, per the Washington Post, which notes that President Obama hosted an inaugural concert at the same spot in 2009. Jon Voight also spoke, telling the crowd that "God answered all of our prayers" and that Lincoln himself would be "smiling knowing we will be led by an honest and good man." The Guardian reports that thousands of supporters, many in "Make America Great Again" hats, were in attendance, though the area was apparently far from full. CNN reports that during a post-concert dinner at Union Station, Trump thanked his advisers and promised to "win the old-fashioned way" next time. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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