How The World Reacted To Donald Trump Winning The Election



It’s been a long road. A road paved with celebrities, blood, sweat, tears, tweets and he said, she said. But finally, it’s over. The next President of the United States is Donald Trump.




It was an unprecedented choice. He hasn’t got a proven political background, I personally don’t agree with the reactionary and offensive things he’s said. But maybe he won because he was honest and he came off as human. Flaws and all.

Whether he’s not your best choice, or you’re jumping for joy, you have to admit this was the most divisive election in history. Never have there been two candidates so far removed from each other, and never has a debate got so personal before!

Trump made a speech accepting the fact he has won and reassuring the public. “It’s been what they call a historic campaign,” he says.

“But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down. We will do a great job.

“While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really only just beginning.

“We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you’ll be so proud of your president. It’s been an amazing honor…And I love this country. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

Hillary Clinton conceded to Trump, who had 276 votes to Hillary’s 218. Her campaign chairman John Podesta took to the stage to say they would have more to say tomorrow, “We are so proud of you and we are so proud of her,” Podesta said. “She’s done an amazing job, and she is not done yet.”

So how did this happen? A lot of celebrities backed Clinton, and apparently there was a voting divide between millennials and the generations above, which is what happened with Brexit, but there are also many millennials who voted for Trump simply because both choices seemed to be as bad as each other. There was no clear ‘better choice’ to many people.


It’s a mixed bag, but many celebrities are just as annoyed/upset. There’s a lot of fearmongering going on, similar to what we saw after Brexit. In past years there have been divisive elections, there have been candidates who offend with their political views or their private lives, but there has never been a candidate who personally offended so many groups before.

Perhaps he was just saying what he thought would get him in office? In that case, what does it say about people that promising to build a wall between America and Mexico won him the presidential seat? CNN’s Van Jones made a heartfelt speech about Donald Trump:

“You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of ‘How do I explain this to my children?’ I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.”

“This was a rebellion against the elites, true, it was a create reinvention of politics… but it was also something else.”

“We haven’t talked about race. This was a ‘white-lash’ against a changing country … against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”

So what now? Barack Obama is still the President until January 20th, 2017. But people are divided. Celebrities and public figures are scared. Stocks have fallen and the dollar might well fall.

How did world leader’s react to the news? 


Theresa May: “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defense. I look forward to working with president-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”


Francois Hollande said Trump’s win “opens up a period of uncertainty”.


Angela Merkel: “American have decided that the person to carry this responsibility for the next four years is Donald Trump. Germany and America are connected by common values: democracy, freedom, respect or the law and for human dignity irrespective of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political conviction. On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of America, Donald Trump, a close working relationship.”


Mariano Rajoy said Spain’s partnership with the US would “deepen the friendship between our countries and peoples”.


Carl Bildt said 2016 was the year of a “double disaster” for the US. He tweeted: “At least Richard Nixon had a solid understanding of world affairs. Manoeuvred skilfully. But morally corrupt. And collapsed in disgrace”


Vladimir Putin: “We understand that this will be difficult, but we are ready to play our part, and do everything to return Russian-American relations to stable and sustainable development tracks.”


Hassan Rouhani: “The US election results will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic. Because of wrong policies, the position of America in the international community and world’s public opinion has diminished and [the US’s] growing rift with Europe and the world will exacerbate that position.”

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  • MihaBalan

    I don’t live in USA (though I wished) but my honest thought is that was not much to choose from. Both Hillary and Trump have good sides and bad sides.
    Meanwhile, for those that feel overwhelmed in their busy lifestyles, can read my article and hopefully their days will get better:)

  • Charmaine Ng

    Right now, I really do hope that he said all the things he did just to get himself into the office and didn’t mean them. All the best, America.

  • Top Knots&Sweatpants

    I have struggled deeply with this election. On one hand, Trump has said some extremely inappropriate things out of fear of losing control of his message. He has made hurtful statements. On the other hand, he has stood up for the working-class white population who has been ignored and taken advantage of.

    My opinion on the entire election was that I absolutely did NOT want Hillary Clinton to be our President. People were more concerned with “making history” with the first female president that they neglected to see how poor of a precedent that sets for young girls. Hillary as president tells us in order to achieve your dreams and break through gender barriers, you need to lie, cheat and steal. I am not okay with brushing her illegal activities under the run in order to keep up the facade of a progressive country to the rest of the world.


    • NotYourAverageBlonde

      I 100% agree with you! The fact that she being investigated by the FBI is a huge red flag.

    • Leo

      But you are okay with Trump disrespecting women and minorities clearly you are all for racism. Since are on the subject, the FBI has cleared her and at least she does pay her taxes. How you can feel the working-class white population (who just happen to the majority in case you weren’t aware) is being ignored is clearly what is wrong with America now. Just because slavery is now over does mean you were taken advantage of FYI.

    • Chris

      In our country you are not guilty because the public believes some media narrative. She has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Trump, however, faces charges of racketeering and RICO violations this November. Perhaps you are ok with a man agreeing as he did with Howard Stern that his daughter was a “fine piece of ass.” Of course his words are on video and played the world over, I could go on but it is too painful. Compare this with your position that you believe she lied, stole and cheated although no charges were ever brought. With from 200 to 500 million spent of the taxes payers money, special prosecutors, the FBI and the full power of Congress not able to find anything of substance we are to believe the Rt alt media, Fox News, etc. and people like you. I wonder what we would find if those resources were spent investigating Trump? Never underestimate the power of the uninformed and biased public.

      • Leo

        I agree.

    • Top Knots&Sweatpants

      Let me make something very clear. I am not a Trump supporter. I am simply stating why people voted for him. And calling someone racist because they support someone that you do not is wrong and makes you just as bad as Trump for stereotyping a group of people (white Trump supporters must mean they are racist women haters). This is what’s wrong with America. So much hypocrisy.

      • Leo

        You just said “On the other hand, he has stood up for the working-class white population who has been ignored and taken advantage of.” and you have the nerve to call me a hypocrite, go look up the meaning of the word before you use it. When Trump clearly showed that he is racist and you support that…so um yes that does make you racist because you are supporting just that. On top of that you are a Trump; in case you didn’t know what that means let me explain it to you; a supporter is a person who supports an idea, a politician, a cause, etc. ( and you are clearly supporting the decision to have him as president, and coming from one of the most racist states in the nation, it’s not rocket science to see why he was chosen as pre your earlier post. You are what is wrong with America and you are incapable of seeing that (and that is putting it lightly). I am not stereotyping someone that supports a person that is racist, so that means that you support his views and opinions so you support that he is racist, so that is not stereotyping, that is stating the obvious. Again look up the meaning of words and phrases before you use them, or better yet don’t say anything, because your justification of anything else beyond this point would just as ridiculous as you stating that the white working class population has been taken advantage of. There are things that you will never understand, like that fact that people hung for the color of their skin, put in concentration camps because of the shape of their eyes, killed because they were Jewish ( yes I aware that that was Germany however Hilter’s policies and Trumps as well as yours(remember you’re a supporter) are all one in the same, but for this purpose it’s being used), raped and enslaved by your ancestors clearly since your support a racist man. Now that is clarification.

        • Top Knots&Sweatpants

          I’m sorry if you misinterpreted what I said. I in no way was stating that I supported Trump, nor his beliefs. I was stating the thought process behind why voters have associated with him (I apologize if that did not come across the way I intended it to. ) I appreciate your vocabulary lesson, but it is not necessary.

          I completely understand the sensitivities associated with these two candidates and their views, but that still leaves no need to belittle someone when you speak to them. You are absolutely right that I will never know what it was like to be a slave. And neither will you because that was nearly 200 years ago. And neither myself nor any of my ancestors have ever owned slaves so not sure why that is even relevant to this discussion. Does that make anything Trump has said, done or supported okay? Absolutely not. And I do not in any way support discrimination directed at ANY AND ALL races. That includes black, whites, Asian, muslims, one eyed aliens from Mars. I don’t care. It’s wrong. And yes, maybe I worded my original comment poorly. But that doesn’t warrant you insulting my intelligence, when I am in fact a well educated professional person. This is part of why I’ve hated so much about this election. Gone are the days when two opposing views (again, to be clear I am not saying my views are opposing to yours) can have a healthy discussion to work toward progress. Now we just berate anyone who doesn’t believe exactly what another person does.

          So, in closing…I do not support Hillary Clinton, I do not support President Elect Donald Trump (a fact we all need to now come to terms with…he will in fact be our President). I support myself, my family, and freedom to voice my own concerns and fears without fear of being labeled. I will not be responding to any further posts from here on out. I will not encourage internet trolls, and I will not read anything further you have to say. Thank you for making it virtually impossible to engage in a dialogue without being attacked.

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