President-elect Donald Trump released a video for Thanksgiving with an appeal to Americans to heal the political, cultural and social divides that have widened considerably in recent years.
Citing the detrimental effects of a “long and bruising political campaign,” Trump noted the importance of the country unifying again and restoring bonds in the interest of moving forward.
“It’s my prayer that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by shared purpose, and very common resolve,” he said. “We have before us, the chance now, to make history together, to bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities, and real prosperity to our communities – including our inner cities… To succeed, we must enlist the help of our entire country.”
“It’s time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens, because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach.”
His entreaty comes at a particularly critical juncture, as stories of families fracturing for the holidays due to political disagreements – perpetrated particularly by liberals agitated with Trump’s election win – are widespread.