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During his year-and-a-half-long campaign, President-elect Trump seemed like a man who held grudges. Whenever someone hit him rhetorically, he hit back harder. He called Mitt Romney a loser. He called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” who “has to go to jail.” The campaign was rumored to have an enemies list. His rhetoric often seemed more inspired by personal attacks against him than policy issues.

But perhaps the shock of winning and actually having to govern has given Trump a surprising new attitude: Let bygones be bygones.

Trump is considering Romney for secretary of state, and the two will meet in the coming days. That’s despite Romney never coming around to support Trump during the campaign. I can’t imagine Clinton, or nearly any other politician, would consider someone for such a high post who so openly opposed her.

Trump is also meeting with Betsy DeVos, perhaps about a role in the Department of Education. During the primaries, she said, “I don’t think Donald Trump represents the Republican Party.” Like Romney, DeVos never came around to supporting Trump during the general election. At the Republican National Convention, she told the Washington Examiner she was “continuing to watch and listen and observe.”

In September, she praised Trump for announcing a school choice plan. “We applaud the Trump campaign’s focus on school choice and laying out common-sense proposals to help all children access a quality education,” she said. But a formal endorsement never came.

Trump has also been surprisingly gracious toward Clinton, saying on Sunday she’s “very strong and very smart.” When asked if he was going to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton and her emails, Trump said “I’m going to think about it,” but added that he wants to focus on bigger issues such as jobs, healthcare and immigration.

We’ll never know if Trump would have conceded and accepted the election results if they went the other way. But few expected it would be liberals who would fail to move on after the election. Democrats are truly in disarray.

Anti-Trump protests continue. Liberals such as Jamelle Bouie are doubling down on the tactics that contributed to their election loss, writing “There’s no such thing as a good Trump voter.” Harry Reid called FBI Director James Comey a “Republican operative” and Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into Comey.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced a bill to abolish the Electoral College while she ate a bowl full of sour grapes. Almost 4.5 million people have signed a petition calling on the Electoral College to ditch Trump en masse and make Clinton the president.

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Unsurprisingly, no one was calling for the end of the Electoral College when they assumed Clinton would glide to an easy victory.

2016 has been a year of the unexpected. Trump’s surprising ability to let bygones be bygones is just one more surprise, albeit more pleasant than many of the other 2016 surprises.

Jason Russell is the contributors editor for the Washington Examiner.

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