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Inside Donald Trump’s Support Network: All the People the President-Elect Thanked During His Victory Speech

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Donald Trump has made several enemies during his road to the White House, but the business mogul had a slew of loyal supporters to thank during his victory speech after being elected the 45th President of the United States on Tuesday.

“I’d like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what they are calling tonight, very, very historic victory,” the 70-year-old said Tuesday evening. “You know, they kept saying we have a small staff. Not so small. Look at all the people that we have. Look at all of these people.”

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Here is everyone the GOP candidate thanked:

  • His Wife and Children
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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

“To Melania [Trump] and [Donald Jr.] and Ivanka and Eric and Tiffany and Barron, I love you and I thank you, and especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was tough,” Trump said.

The mogul’s immediate family has stood by Trump’s side as he faced controversy after controversy during his campaign. Donald Jr. defended his father when he came under fire for making lewd comments about women in an unearthed 2005 video. And Melania defended Trump amid his several sexual assault allegations.

Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka took to social media on Election Day to gush about voting for their father.

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  • His Daughters-in-Law

Trump gave a brief shout out to Eric’s wife, Lara, saying, “unbelievable job, unbelievable.” He also thanked Donald Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, with a simple “thank you.”

  • Mike Pence

Trump thanked his running mate at the end of his address, and the Indiana governor was by Trump’s side on stage during the speech.

 

Trump’s campaign has seen a few managers throughout the mogul’s bid for the White House — he fired Corey Lewandowski and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned — but he seemed to find a perfect match in Conway.

He thanked her for being a part of the team of “talented people” who helped him reach his victory.

Early Wednesday morning, Conway tweeted:

“The people have spoken. They chose a new direction and different leadership. Respect them. Come together. We live in a wonderful nation.”

“I want to give a very special thanks to our former mayor, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump said of the 72-year-old. “Unbelievable. Unbelievable. He traveled with us and he went through meetings. That Rudy never changes.”

Giuliani has been one of Trump’s most loyal supporters during his campaign. In October, he praised the now-president-elect as an “absolute genius” for allegedly avoiding paying taxes.

“Governor Chris Christie, folks, was unbelievable,” Trump said. “Thank you, Chris.”

Christie’s support for the controversial candidate came with some reluctance. About a week after endorsing Trump, Christie made headlines during Trump’s post-Super Tuesday rally in which he looked more than a little uncomfortable.

  • Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions

Trump gave a lengthy shout-out to Sessions, the 69-year-old senator who has said Trump has a “gift,” Bloomberg reports.

“The first man, first senator, first major, major politician, and let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you get,” Trump said of Sessions.

Although he and Carson have battled in the past, Trump had nothing but nice things to say about the surgeon-turned-politican.

“Another great man who has been really a friend to me. But I’ll tell you, I got to know him as a competitor because he was one of the folks that was negotiating to go against those Democrats,” Trump said.

After a brief stint in the presidential race himself, the 61-year-old has been in Trump’s corner.

Trump offered a simple thank you to the former Arkansas governor who once tweeted that he was “all in” for the mogul.

  • Lt. General Joseph “Keith” Kellogg

“A very special person who believed me and, you know, I’d read reports that I wasn’t getting along with him. I never had a bad second with him. He’s an unbelievable star,” Trump said of Kellogg.

“We have over 200 generals and admirals that have endorsed our campaign. And they’re special people and it’s really an honor. We have 22 congressional Medal of Honor recipients. We have just tremendous people.”

The RNC chairman has been one of Trump’s most staunch supporters. And the business mogul gave him a warm thank you before welcoming the man on to the stage to speak to the crowd himself.

“Reince is a superstar. But I said, ‘They can’t call you a superstar, Reince, unless we win,’  because you can’t be called a superstar — like Secretariat — if Secretariat came in second, Secretariat would not have that big, beautiful bronze bust at the track at Belmont,” he said.

“But I’ll tell you, Reince is really a star. And he is the hardest-working guy. And in a certain way, I did this — Reince, come up here.”

  • His Parents and Siblings:

“I want to thank my parents, who I know are looking down on me right now,” Trump said of his parents Fred and Mary Anne Trump (Fred died in 1999 and Mary Anne died in 2000. “Great people. I’ve learned so much from them. They were wonderful in every regard. I had truly great parents.”

He also thanked his sisters, Maryanne and Elizabeth, along with his only surviving brother, Robert.

“Also my late brother, Fred. Great guy. Fantastic guy,” he added. “Fantastic family. I was very lucky. Great brothers, sisters; great, unbelievable parents.”