Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, he needs to reassure and calm the nation in short order.
There are three things he must do within the next 24-48 hours: Name qualified and well-regarded cabinet appointees, hold a pre-inauguration meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, and prepare and deliver a series of soothing and circumspect speeches to the nation.
Trump's No. 1 priority is ensuring the safety of the country after what has already been an election marked by sporadic violence and extreme rhetoric from all sides. This would really be the time for Trump to tone down the combative, defiant, and arrogant speeches and make a solemn promise to all Americans that he is not the bogeyman the Democrats and the news media worked so hard to convince us he was.
If he were to have the humility to ask all Americans to give him a chance, it would go a long way with an American public that still mostly wants to be optimistic. Trump would be wise to consider employing former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, (who did not support him for president), to write that speech because of her experience in composing addresses to a wounded nation like she did for President Reagan after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.