With his approval rating at a historic low, President-elect Donald Trump will now be facing the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s image after a disappointing election campaign.
Here are five major takeaways from a day of reckoning for the party.
READ MOREThe Hill | January 22, 2020 14:35:12President-elect Trump on Monday delivered a strong speech outlining his vision for his administration, arguing that Republicans would be better off if the party kept its focus on issues that matter to the country: immigration, healthcare, tax reform, and national security.
“America is strong when we unite around shared goals that unite us, not divided us,” Trump said in his victory speech.
“This is the defining test of our time.”
In Trump’s words, the country is “on the wrong track” and the “political and economic elites are out to destroy us,” pointing to an influx of illegal immigrants, terrorism, and a sluggish economy.
Trump said he will be “doing everything in my power to help our country,” adding that he is “looking forward to bringing a new spirit of American leadership and energy into government.”
The president-elect said he would work to keep his promises to the American people, and to help those in need.
He also promised to work to “make our country safe again,” saying he is committed to working with his administration to make America a “great nation again.”
“I will never forget the first time I was on the airplane,” Trump told the cheering crowd.
“It was a little over a month ago.
I had just taken my seat in the cockpit of a Boeing 747.
My first trip overseas as president, we had the greatest economy in history, the highest standard of living in history.
We had our first woman president.
We won our first major international award.
I just went through the motions.
We were doing our jobs.
It was just like a routine trip.
And I was just a little boy.
So when I saw the lights go on, I thought, ‘Wow, this is a dream.'”
Trump then said he was excited to go to China.
“We were getting ready to leave China.
I was getting ready for a few days on the road, and I was watching my daughter on the plane and I said, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on with the plane?’
I said to her, ‘Don’t worry, the plane is fine.’
And she was just about to take off.
I said it again.
So we just kept going.” “
And she said, �It�s a beautiful plane, don�t you worry, we can take care of that.’
So we just kept going.”
Trump also promised that “when I am sworn in,” he will “do everything in the power of my office to protect the Constitution and the Constitutionally protected rights of our people.”
He also pledged to “stop the bleeding.”
“This is our time,” Trump promised.
“We have to unite and do everything in our power to make sure that we make America great again.”