Gov. Markell wants Trump to emulate Delaware

Leaders of Sussex County's political parties hold up an axe during the

Leaders of Sussex County's political parties hold up an axe during the "Bury the Hatchet" ritual at Return Day in Georgetown

Delaware Governor Jack Markell hopes Donald Trump borrows a Delaware tradition, now that he’s won the White House.

On the Thursday after Election Day, Delaware candidates gather to bury the hatchet. Putting the campaign behind them, the former foes vow to work together to do the work voters elected them to do (or not do, as the case may be).

The outgoing governor said it’s a tradition President-elect Trump is welcome to borrow.

“If he is willing to work to unify the country in reality and actions, as well as in words, then I think it’s incumbent upon others to work with him and I sure hope that’s where he goes, because if he doesn’t, I just really fear that we’re in for years and years of additional vitriol,” Markell said. “I certainly hope that’s a spirit that continues in Delaware, and I do hope that Washington can take a little bit of that from Delaware as well.”

Markell campaigned for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in several states this fall. In Utah and Ohio, Markell spent time primarily with Democrats. But it was during a trip to New Hampshire, meeting with the general public in a restaurant, where Markell got a hint of the surprising end that was coming on Election Day. “I was amazed really by what I was hearing, both in terms of folks who were supporting him, people who unfortunately did not like Secretary Clinton. I thought very highly of her,” Markell said. “I thought she would have been a very good president.”

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