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Reince Priebus: In victory speech, Trump wanted to ‘calm the waters’
Reince Priebus, Chair of the Republican National Committee, right, speaks as President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally on Wednesday in New York. (John Locher/AP)

In thinking about his victory speech following a stunning victory against Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump decided to move away from his campaign’s old rhetoric, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Fox News on Wednesday morning.

“Once it was determined he was going to be the winner, he started looking at and thinking about that speech,” Priebus said of Trump. “He said, ‘We’re going to calm the waters. We’re going to bring people together. We’re not going to brag.”

While the Trump who appeared at rallies was a bombastic figure with divisive rhetoric, the more-subdued Trump who addressed his supporters following his victory spoke of unity.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”

Priebus also debunked assumptions that Trump’s rally persona is solely who he is.

“That’s just not the case,” Priebus said. “The guy in private is the gracious, personable guy that I’ve gotten to know… I think that’s part of the reason why he won.”

While Trump has appeared impulsive and has hurled insults on Twitter, Priebus said the man he knows is “a reflective person.”

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