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.
#DonaldTrump didn’t win today.
— Leandri J van Vuuren (@Lean3JvV) November 9, 2016
#HesNotMyPresident – Wrong! President Trump IS your president and as a divided nation, all of us must work together in seeking unity.
— Peter Chao (@Pyrobooby) November 9, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP! @realDonaldTrump against all odds ..against the establishment and even against most from the GOP..U did it!
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 9, 2016
American Horror Story: President Trump. #ElectionNight
— Katie Hawkins (@kathawkins_) November 9, 2016
— #VoteHillary (@ladygaga) November 9, 2016
After the wonderful Obamas it is going to be horrifying to see that awful family in the White House. It’s like a John Waters movie. https://t.co/9sUjQcw8jV
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 9, 2016
I guess either way you look at it, history will be made tonight. Spread love. Not hate! ❤️
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) November 9, 2016
Can you block a whole country on twitter?
— Megan Amram (@meganamram) November 9, 2016
We just Trumped Brexit.
— Thomas Middleditch (@Middleditch) November 9, 2016
THE HOST OF THE APPRENTICE IS NOW PRESIDENT
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) November 9, 2016
someone give me hope
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 9, 2016
Hold your loved ones close tonight. Let ’em feel it. Get some sleep. Back at it tomorrow. Love has a longer wick than hate & fear.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 9, 2016
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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