Donald Trump Wins
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.