Trump Campaign Manager Talks Concession Call, Urges Unity: "People Have Far More in Common Than They May Realize"
Kellyanne Conway spoke to CNN's 'New Day' just hours after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.
Just hours after Donald Trump was elected president, his campaign manager, Kellyanne, Conway appeared on CNN's New Day to reveal some of what happened in the roughly minute-long concession call Trump received from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and talked about how Americans can come together after a divisive election.
Conway said she received a call from Clinton aide Huma Abedin as the Trump team was on its way over to the Hilton, and Abedin said Clinton wanted to talk to Trump.
Conway passed the phone over to her boss and he and Clinton spoke for roughly a minute, she said. "Very gracious, very warm. I heard Mr. Trump's side of it. He commended her for being smart and tough and running a very hard-fought campaign, and I'm told Secretary Clinton congratulated him on his victory and conceded to him."
Conway wouldn't confirm or deny whether Trump would do as he'd promised on the campaign and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Secretary Clinton, simply saying the two of them didn't discuss that last night and Clinton and Trump didn't talk about that on the phone.
But she did say that Trump hoped to work with both Clinton and President Obama to help unite Americans after a divisive election.
"He went way out to make sure everyone heard him loudly and clearly that he would be the president for all Americans, and that includes many that did not vote for him and did not expect him to be their president," Conway said of Trump's victory speech. "He went further. He said we need to heal and bind the wounds of a nation…[Obama and Clinton] are two leaders we'd like to lean upon to help us do that. We certainly hope we can do that. We certainly hope a number of Democrats feel the same way and even a number of non-voters. This is for all Americans."
She also urged Americans to find common ground with one another.
"Although we may disagree politically and ideologically, people have far more in common than they may realize when they're in the heat of the political battle," Conway said. "We need to come together as Americans. There's essential goodness in Americans. We have essential wisdom and discernment. People love this country and they love each other and they really just want the best. People looking askance at each other because they have a different political view is really unfortunate. I really hope, because I've heard a lot of it on CNN for the past year and a half, people will just tamp it down…and give this guy a chance as your president- elect as we all did with President Obama and we all did with President Bill Clinton. Give him a chance and be there for him, come together as a nation."
She also slammed Clinton's campaign for trying to tell people what's important to them, pointing to the issues of temperament they raised and reviving Trump's past comments. Instead, she indicated people have their own priorities.
"I honestly think to the whole political elite media class, all of us privileged people that have a platform, I think the big lesson of yesterday is stop listening so much to each other and start listening to the people," Conway said.
As for Trump's upcoming transition meeting with Obama, Conway said she would "let those two world leaders tackle that" and that she's sure they "will talk about how they can work together and how to build on what successes President Obama has and how to tackle the infinite to-do list he left behind."