Needed: An Administration of National Unity
President-elect Trump should appoint an administration that reflects a range of views and is dedicated to finding common ground and unifying the country.
The administration should coalesce around the reasons people voted for the president-elect. It should also address the reasons the popular majority voted against him.
Those who voted against him did so primarily because of his public personality, statements and behavior and because of his unpredictability, seeming instability and blatant disregard for the truth.
Others ignored the president-elect's personal weaknesses and voted FOR him primarily because of his pledge to strengthen the economy — an economy that has left them desperate for change.
It should be noted that the Democratic Party’s candidates throughout the primaries all sought the same goal of economic growth and job creation. Rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure was one of the few areas of agreement between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Trump and both parties also agree on the urgent need for unity and tranquility following this bitter election.
Trump himself is already backing away from several of his divisive, broad-brush positions. (It is amazing what Trump's 90-minute, "reality check" with President Obama did!)
Now Trump should appoint (and even pair off) leaders from both parties and elsewhere. He should demand consensus from them all.
He should give the entire nation reason for hope.
The president-elect should demonstrate not just bi-partisanship but non-partisanship. That is evidenced in his own political history. He should demonstrate magnanimity and inclusion.
We know Donald Trump is a striver who yearns to succeed. He should be fully aware that the failure to unite this country will doom the Trump presidency and result in personal failure for one Donald Trump.