In one of the most shocking U.S. elections in modern political history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. The Republican nominee won on Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.
At 2.30am (local time), the Associated Press projected Trump had won Wisconsin and called the overall race for Trump.
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump said in his victory speech after the Associated Press called the race for him at 2:30 am Wednesday morning. Striking a conciliatory tone, Trump continued, “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.”
It was an unexpected outcome for the Republican candidate, who beat out not only a stacked GOP primary field but also an even more formidable opponent in Hillary Clinton, who was consistently ahead of him in the polls up and in a much stronger position on the electoral map.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign had every reason to start election day feeling confident. Clinton had led consistently in the polls since Trump declared for President. Despite a rocky last week of the campaign, forecasters were debating only whether her victory was likely or all but guaranteed.
Things look a different 12 hours later.
He said in the same victory speech that Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the race. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said. “I mean that very sincerely.”
Not to mention the fact that trump has been mired in scandals and gaffes throughout the election. More than a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault after a hot Mic tape revealed him bragging about “grabbing” women by the genitals; he has made vague insinuations connecting President Obama and Clinton to terrorism groups; he led a campaign built on wild inaccuracies and vague to nonexistent policy proposals; and he built his campaign on divisive anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, garnering even the support of white nationalists.
In spite of all this, however, Trump managed to strike a chord with the American people as an unorthodox candidate without a political background, selling a call for a Southern border wall, a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, and his strong opposition to trade deals, among his other bombastic talking points.
After surprise early victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, it fell to the Rust Belt states of the industrial Midwest to determine the result of his stunning upset.
Wisconsin and Michigan, two states hit hard by a decline in manufacturing jobs and lost by Clinton to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, were led by Trump as the race headed for an early morning cliffhanger.
Shortly after the result, Clinton called Trump to concede but did not make a public address.
“It was Donald Trump versus almost all the experts … it looks like Donald Trump was right,” Jake Tapper said on CNN at 10:40 pm on election night (before major battleground states had been called).
Trump, a reality television star and political neophyte, upended every rule in the book to clinch his victory. He bested 15 other candidates in the Republican primary, most of whom were governors and senators. “One of [Donald] Trump’s real sources of strength is not just that he took the fight to the elites in an abstract way, but that he was the one guy on a stage of 16 candidates who really seemed culturally disconnected from the other candidates,” J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, told TIME before the general election.
Reactions from others after Trump’s winning
Irish premier Enda Kenny said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States. Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper.” Kenny praised defeated candidate Hillary Clinton for being “a friend to Ireland who fought such a tough campaign.”
Demonstrators set fire to a likeness of Trump, smashed store front windows and set garbage and tires on fire in downtown Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco.
A few miles away, University of California, Berkeley students protested on campus.
A demonstration also unfolded at the University of California, Davis where students blocked streets as they marched and chanted anti-Trump slogans and “You are not America, we are America,” according to Twitter posts.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia hoped that co-operation with United States on the Syria crisis would improve under the new US president.
Some Celebrity reaction:
Chris Evans tweeted, “This is an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We’ve let a bully set our course. I’m devastated.”
Rose McGowan said, “This is confirmation of EVERYTHING I have been saying. Hatred for women is real. Why? Why do you hate us so?”
Judd Apatow remarked, “So the host of The Apprentice who loves Putin and p*ssy grabbing controls house-senate and the Supreme Court. What could go wrong?”
MacFarlane argued, “Some didn’t like Bush. Some didn’t like Obama. But this is different. Forget dislike. Many are genuinely fearful now. This is new.”
Ariel Winter said, “America, you have failed. What the actual f*ck. Devastating. I won’t recognize @realDonaldTrump as our president, ever. #dumptrucktrump.”
Paris Jackson posted, “Not enough love in this country to make trump melt like the wicked witch of the west.”
Patton Oswalt wrote, “Enjoy tonight, egg avatars. Savor it. Good night, America. Bye, 21st century.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson told fans, “I’m taking tonight to grieve for minorities, women, immigrants, muslims & the LGBTQ community but tomorrow I’m waking up ready to fight.”
Mark Ruffalo similarly said, “You know what we do now? We finish building what we started and we FIGHT BACK! Lift your heads up brothers and sisters.”
Connie Britton vowed, “Dear Muslim, Mexican, immigrant, refugee, handicapped, black, gay, female humans beings, & also dear Earth…you are not forgotten. Promise.”
“This is not a dream,” Zach Braff tweeted.
Bella Hadid was even shorter, saying, “This is disgusting.”
Rashida Jones said, “I want to quit life.”
Abigail Breslin begged, “Please tell me this is a joke.”
Ansel Elgort posted, “My heart is pounding out of my chest. This has to be a bad dream.”
Kate Walsh expressed, “This is a national disaster. An illiterate, bigoted, misogynistic, racist, rapist has become president. I have no words.”
Michelle Rodriguez commented, “Wow I guess the people have spoken, gotta respect that. Strap up, We’re going back in time, get Dolorian ready. Wow, What a world.”
Watching Trump’s victory speech, Debra Messing observed, “He’s clapping for himself.”
Jane Lynch complained, “Pollsters, you’re fired.”
Christina Applegate wrote, “I went to sleep early. Woke up to this. To my fellow humans outside of the US. We don’t want this. And we are heartbroken.”
Octavia Spencer said, “Gonna miss Obama. maybe this country needs a Trump presidency to see just how good we had it and took it for granted!!!!! #GodBlessTheUSA.”
Trevor Noah commented, “I know Americans don’t use this phrase but this is totally squeaky bum time.
Some Twitter reactions:
my heart is broken. I fear the progress we’ve made for women, LGBTQ folks, POC & ppl with disabilities will soon be erased
Rights of women, gays, minorities are taken away for generations to. Ruled by white, old men. Good job US.
Trump didn’t win. Racism won. Sexism won. Hate won. Lack of education won.
I thought we were moving forward. I thought maybe we would get one step closer to equality. I was wrong.
if you support trump, remember to block me, unfollow me and never associate with me again because i don’t need you. at all.
Never saw a country as contradictory as the USA they elect the first Black President & then chose a racist one #WTF
I feel like Freddy Krueger grabbed me by the pussy.
9/11 and 11/9 are the greatest disasters for America!
Jesus. Trump venceu