Donald Trump ended his historic presidential campaign the way he began it: promising to ‘make America great again.’
More than 300 rallies into his 17-month White House quest, the baseball cap slogan had become a speech-ending war whoop.
‘I am with you. I will fight for you. And I will win for you. I promise,’ he said.
‘The election is now. The election is now. Can you believe it?’ he asked. ‘It’s today. It’s today. It’s unbelievable.’
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Voting had already begun in a few historic New Hampshire towns with midnight ballot traditions.
But in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the billionaire swashbuckler was still trying to close the ultimate deal.
‘You can make every dream you’ve ever dreamed for your country and your family come true. You have one magnificent chance to beat this corrupt, rigged system and to deliver justice for every forgotten man and forgotten woman and forgotten child in this nation.’
As he heard the roar of applause for the last time as a candidate, he issued one final instruction: ‘Go to bed! Go to bed right now! Get up and vote!’
The twin senses of finality and uncertainty hung in the air as Trump worked to add extra flourishes to his stump speech.
Hoping for one last shout of ‘Mexico’ at a signature moment, he acknowledged the lateness of the hour: ‘I just want to ask you one question, if you don’t mind, at 1 o’clock in the morning: Who is going to pay for the wall?’
Finishing a favorite anecdote about cars that once were made in Flint and water that no one could drink in Mexico – and making his switcheroo – he boomed that ‘you can’t drink the damned water in Flint!’
‘What the hell? Unbelievable!’ Trump sniped.
Hillary Clinton attracted her usual share of barbs.
‘We are finally going to close the books on the Clintons, and their lies, their schemes and corruption,’ he said.
But in a rust-belt state that has hemorrhaged jobs for decades, the Republican rested on his unconventional partnership with grease monkeys and welders, janitors and mechanics.
‘Today is our Independence Day,’ he said, forging the last bit of kinship with them.
‘Today the American working class is going to strike back, finally.’
Trump’s stamina saw him to the finish line in the wee hours of Election Day morning, after 10 rallies in a two-day final campaign push.
His crowd at the Trump train’s final stop, however, decided a 34-minute speech that started 90 minutes late was a bridge too far.
About 1 in 10 filed out while he was still talking, although they assured reporters that they were all-in for their hero – just cold, tired, and unwilling to miss work.
The first-time candidate cranked up 11,000 New Hampshire voters like the world’s loudest political siren on Monday night, as he predicting a victory over Clinton hours before getting to Michigan.
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