BREAKING RANKS

Donald Trump is the first president-elect in three decades to not end his victory speech blessing the country

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

In his victory speech in New York early this morning, president-elect Donald Trump spent 15 minutes reeling off a list of compatriots and colleagues he wanted to thank. The speech contrasted from his usually divisive rhetoric: Trump promised to unify America, and even complimented Hillary Clinton, acknowledging that she “worked very long and very hard” in her campaign.

Trump also broke ranks with tradition by not closing his speech on a variation of the phrase “God bless America.” (Ronald Reagan also did not use the phrase in his 1980 victory statement.) Instead, Trump wrapped up with a hurried, awkward thank you to his running mate and now vice president-elect, Mike Pence.

Here’s how the end of Trump’s victory speech stands alongside those of other recent presidents in US history.

Donald Trump, 2016

“Thank you. Thank you, Mike Pence.”

Barack Obama, 2012

“Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.”

Barack Obama, 2008

“Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.”

George W. Bush, 2004

“God bless you and may God bless America.”

George W. Bush, 2000

“Thank you, and God bless you.”

Bill Clinton, 1996

“Thank you, goodnight, and God bless America, thank you.”

Bill Clinton, 1992

“God bless America, thank you all.”

George H. W. Bush, 1988

“Thank you New Hampshire, thanks for everything and God bless America. Thank you all very much, thank you, thank you all.”

Ronald Reagan, 1984

“God bless you, thank you all very much.”

Ronald Reagan, 1980

“Thank you all, thanks very much.”

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