Conservatives across the spectrum Wednesday championed the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States on Tuesday, with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declaring that voters made clear that "they want Republicans to take the country in a bold new direction.
"Donald Trump's candidacy inspired millions of Americans to join his quest to give a voice to those who have long felt silenced," he said. "We are ready to introduce a Republican agenda of economic opportunity, strong national security, and individual freedom that will benefit all Americans.
"Hillary Clinton ran a hard-fought race and many of her supporters are everyday Americans passionate about making our great country a better place," Priebus added.
"While we disagree on many issues, enthusiasm for the public good is a hallmark of a healthy democracy — and Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton should take pride in their principled commitments to our republic."
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said that Trump's win was "not a Republican victory; it was an American victory.
"The American people sent a clear message that they want change in Washington and they want a government that serves them and puts the American nation first," he added.
"Because we are one nation, bound in the words of President Lincoln by 'the mystic chords of memory,' which unite us across the ages, across the land, across all lesser divides."
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which has filed more than 20 lawsuits against the Obama administration regarding Hillary Clinton's private email use as secretary of state, said that "the election results show that corruption matters to the American people.
"At a minimum, President-elect Trump should commit to a transparency revolution," he added. "The Trump administration and new Congress must focus on restoring the rule of law and accountability after the eight years of a lawless Obama administration.
"Corruption in government is an overwhelming problem. We expect, but won't rely on, D.C. politicians to do the right thing."
Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with the Catholic Association, said that voters Tuesday "overwhelmingly rejected the extremism of the last eight years by electing candidates across the board who have vowed to protect religious liberty and life, and to send a justice to the Supreme Court who will uphold those constitutional values and restore the rule of law in society.
"There is a clear mandate for the coming administration and Congress to roll back the hostility to religious liberty and life that Americans have endured for so long."
Pro-life groups called for the end to federal support for Planned Parenthood.
"Voters rejected Hillary Clinton's radical support for tax-payer funded abortion," said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. "Now, it's time to withdraw all our tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain."
"Planned Parenthood has been defeated at the ballot box," said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action.
"Because of the pro-life pledges Donald Trump made during the campaign, there is now a clear path to end the public funding that enables the dismemberment, poisoning, or starving to death of one million innocent children each year," she said.
Other Republicans called for unity and cooperation.
"Now, the hard work begins to get government off your back and back on your side," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on Facebook. "May the wisdom of Solomon guide all decisions.
"We cast the vote for the Trump movement because it was a vote for American exceptionalism, which leads to peace through our strength," the 2008 vice presidential candidate added. "And, because this is our candidate."
The Rev. Franklin Graham said that Trump's victory was "a real November surprise for a lot of people.
"This election has been long, it's been tough — and it's been divisive," he said, also on Facebook. "It's time to put that behind us.
"Now is the time to come together in unity and work together.
"We need to pray for our new president, vice president, and our other leaders every day — whether we agree with them or not," Graham said. "They need God’s help and direction.
"It is my prayer that we will truly be 'one nation under God.'"
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