Trump's triumph

Trump's triumph

Rita Kirby
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The victory that shocked the world: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States

In a victory as crushing as it was unexpected, Republican candidate Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, quashing Hillary Clinton’s dream to break the office’s glass ceiling by becoming the first female president in the country’s history. The Democratic candidate called the 70 year-old billionaire to congratulate him on his victory, but opted not to give a concession speech even though one had been prepared. An emotional Trump took the stage, accompanied by his wife Melania and children and grandchildren. America’s Brexit, just as he had predicted, has come to pass. During his acceptance speech, delivered at the Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, he stated, "Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business...I've just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us...on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family...we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country...Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division...it is time for us to come together as one united people...I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me." Global markets were reeling as the result was announced, with stocks plummeting but gold shooting up. The obstacle posed by such controversial proposals as building a wall along the Mexico border was not enough to hinder Trump’s march to victory. In response the Mexican peso has dropped over 9%, reaching historic lows. Trump managed to win the most votes in rural areas and among working-class white men, a group that has felt the effects of globalization particularly hard. Hillary won in traditional Democratic strongholds like big cities, but failed to draw support among African-Americans and young people. The Republican snagged crucial swing states like Florida, flatly contradicting the latest polls. He even won in Wisconsin, until a week ago considered totally out of competition in favor of Clinton. That victory won him the minimum necessary 270 electors at 11.30 pm EST. The result is a resounding anti-establishment message heralding an uncertain future. Trump’s supporters were jubilant at the news, sharply contrasting with the somber atmosphere at Clinton rallies. With tears of shock the audience at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which the former senator had reserved for delivering her victory speech, began grimly and abruptly leaving. Clinton campaign chair John Podesta told everyone to go home and get some sleep, since Clinton would not be speaking. "This is a historic night," stated vice president elect Mike Pence at the acceptance speech, "The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion." The Democrats also failed to regain the Senate, which rests firmly in the hands of the GOP. For the Supreme Court this election will mean a fifth Republican-nominated justice. "I love this country," remarked Trump before ending his own speech. He will meet outgoing president Barack Obama on Thursday to begin the transition process. The inauguration will be held on 20 January in Washington.