Don­ald Trump Wins

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Don­ald Trump has been elected the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States, the cap­stone of a tu­mul­tuous and di­vi­sive cam­paign that won over white vot­ers with the prom­ise to “Make Amer­ica Great Again.” Don­ald Trump crossed the 270 elec­toral vote thresh­old at 2:31am ET with a vic­tory in Wis­con­sin, ac­cord­ing to Associated Press pro­jec­tions. The rise of Mr Trump, a can­di­date with no prior ex­pe­ri­ence in the mil­i­tary or elected of­fice, con­founded nearly ev­ery­one in pol­i­tics. Im­prob­a­bly, the real es­tate scion turned re­al­ity TV star had not even been a mem­ber of the Repub­li­can Party for long. That made his vic­tory over Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton even more stun­ning, pre­vent­ing her from be­com­ing the na­tion’s first fe­male pres­i­dent. Tak­ing the stage to cheers, Mr Trump said Ms Clin­ton had called him to of­fer her con­grat­u­la­tions and to con­cede the race. “Now it’s time for Amer­ica to bind the wounds of di­vi­sion and get to­gether,” he told sup­port­ers in New York City.

“It is time for us to come to­gether as one united peo­ple. I pledge to very citizen of our land that I will be pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans.” In a rough and tum­ble cam­paign, Mr Trump con­vinced a large slice of the Amer­i­can elec­torate that the gov­ern­ment, Wall Street and the jus­tice sys­tem were rigged.

“I will be your voice,” he told sup­port­ers, who then de­fied the polls to pro­pel him to the na­tion’s high­est of­fice.

Crit­i­cal bat­tle­ground states broke Mr Trump’s way. Del­e­gate-rich Ohio, Florida, Penn­syl­va­nia and Wis­con­sin moved to the Repub­li­can can­di­date. Many polls failed to pre­dict those shifts, leav­ing the crowds at Mr Trump’s party in New York mo­men­tar­ily puz­zled, then cel­e­bra­tory. About a mile away, in Man­hat­tan, the event for for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Clin­ton turned solemn. Ms Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man, John Podesta, told a dwin­dling crowd early Wed­nes­day that she would not be speak­ing yet.

“They’re still count­ing votes and ev­ery vote should count,” he said.

Repub­li­can Party elites ini­tially brushed off Mr Trump. But he bested 16 more ex­pe­ri­enced ri­vals in the pri­mary process while spend­ing lit­tle on tra­di­tional cam­paign in­fra­struc­ture and re­ly­ing on fam­ily mem­bers for po­lit­i­cal and me­dia acu­men.

By the pres­i­den­tial race’s clos­ing days, Mr Trump had won sup­port from only one liv­ing GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, for­mer Se­na­tor Bob Dole of Kansas. Turns out, he didn’t need the ex­tra help. “We want him to be as con­ser­va­tive and ef­fec­tive a pres­i­dent as pos­si­ble,” said Rich Lowry, ed­i­tor of the con­ser­va­tive Na­tional Re­view and who has op­posed Mr Trump. “We’re skep­ti­cal of him on many lev­els, but you only have one pres­i­dent at a time.” Mr Trump will suc­ceed Barack Obama, a two-term pres­i­dent and the first African-Amer­i­can to oc­cupy the of­fice.

The pres­i­dent-elect is vir­tu­ally Mr Obama’s po­lar op­po­site and in fact nee­dled Mr Obama for years with false claims over his birth­place. Mr Obama had cam­paigned fever­ishly to elect Ms Clin­ton in hopes she would pre­serve his sig­na­ture do­mes­tic health care law, re­vive a plan to open up a path to cit­i­zen­ship for im­mi­grants in the coun­try il­le­gally, and nom­i­nate more left-lean­ing jus­tices to the Supreme Court. By con­trast, Mr Trump’s gov­ern­ing agenda is far less clear. He has promised to de­port mil­lions of im­mi­grants who don’t have pa­pers, to build a wall along the US bor­der with Mex­ico and to bar­gain with for­eign gov­ern­ments such as those of Rus­sia and China.

His list of nearly two dozen po­ten­tial nom­i­nees to the na­tion’s high­est court is largely in line with con­ser­va­tive doc­trine, if Mr Trump in fact chooses from that list. There are hints that Mr Trump, 70, would de­fer to his vice pres­i­dent, In­di­ana Gover­nor Mike Pence, on many key pol­icy de­ci­sions.

United States Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

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