As President Donald J. Trump leaves Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and the administration of Democrat Joseph R. Biden is ushered into office, scores of deeply patriotic Americans who love this nation and want to see it thrive and prosper as we move forward in 2021 have been sharing their thoughts in speeches, pieces, comments on social media, and many other places.
“Goodbye, we love you, we will be back in some form,” said President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning to supporters during a brief and beautiful farewell ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
The 45th president also said, during his speech, “This is a great, great country … The future of this country has never been better.”
Here’s a roundup of 10 other comments (most of them excerpted from longer remarks) made by many other patriots of our country on Wednesday morning, January 20, 2021, as our nation looks ahead to new times—and as all of us pray for our freedom, our families, our health, our well-being, and for each other.
Newt Gingrich: “Every patriotic American should pray for the peaceful inauguration of President Joe Biden. This is an important day for drawing a line between the violence of the past year and the need for open dialogue and debate within a peaceful free society. If we cannot tame the violence, it will lead to repression. We will lose more of our freedoms as people demand government action to ensure their safety and protection from criminals—from the right and the left … Trump supporters should respect and support the historic institution of the inauguration, which goes back to George Washington. Biden supporters, as the winners, should reach out a hand to their fellow Americans who favored Trump. Neither side has to give up its principles or ideology to join in the larger proposition that we are all Americans—and as Americans we have an obligation to make our civic culture of freedom, the rule of law, and orderly self-government work.”—from a column on Gingrich360.com
Mercedes Schlapp: “Don’t give up hope. There is much work to be done. God is in charge, and we will prevail.”—from a Twitter post
Stacy Washington: “We know that our God goes before us to prepare the way. He prepares a feast for us in the presence of our enemies. And even in the sorrow of loss, our cup overflows. We can find protection in the shelter of God’s wings. His glory is our rear guard. What comes next? Only God knows. Let’s keep praying, working, and loving each other. To do any less would tarnish the wonder of the last four years.” —from a Facebook post
First Lady Melania Trump: “Being your first lady was my greatest honor. Thank you for your love and support. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, God bless your families, and God bless this beautiful nation.”—from her speech on Wednesday morning at Joint Andrews Base
Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah): “God bless the soldiers, airmen, and law enforcement officials standing guard to ensure the safety of today’s events. Thank you for your service to our nation.”—from a Twitter post
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.): “President Trump has made a lasting impact on U.S. courts by appointing over 230 federal judges in an effort to create a more lawful and just society.”—from a Twitter thread
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas): “I want to hear some action behind all this talk of unity, especially from Biden … I want Biden to act with a sense of humility, and acknowledge a key fact here, which is that a lot of Americans who voted for him were not voting for him because of his radical policy agenda. OK? That’s not what they were looking for. Actually, we [Americans] like being left alone. We actually like saying, Hey, you know, we want to keep more of our money. We want our borders secure. We don’t want to acquiesce to China, [or] destroy the Texas energy sector, [or] destroy American energy independence … We want you to acknowledge that … So, secure our borders. Don’t kill our small businesses by raising the minimum wage. Don’t put our country into unsustainable debt. Don’t cancel the Keystone Pipeline … Don’t put us back in the Paris climate agreement … Just leave Americans alone and let us self-govern.”—from an interview on “Fox & Friends”
Kay C. James: “We’re focused on solutions to our greatest challenges … As we welcome the Biden administration, we stand ready to robustly debate policy ideas … We will push back vigorously against policies that grow government power, reduce freedom, or make America less safe … We’ll continue to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.”—from a Twitter thread
Alveda King: “Let’s keep moving forward.”—from a Twitter post
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: “In a divided nation, Christians can be examples of unity and grace.”—from a Twitter post
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