By MICHELLE MARCHANTE
After a long fought battle in the wildest presidential election of the United States, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has defied the expected polls and has become the 45th President of the United States of America in what many are calling “America’s Brexit.”
Trump was elected President of the United States at 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2016 after surpassing the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency. Pennsylvania, a traditionally blue-voting state, changed its colors and for the first time since 1988 turned red, bringing him up to 274 votes.
Politico also reports that by the end of the counting, Trump won with 279 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 228.
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was quick to go on Twitter, praising the fact that silent Trump voters did indeed exist and that the Trump campaign “expanded the map,” even taking traditionally blue-voting states.
Prior to Trump being called the winner, Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta took the stage at the Clinton HQ in New York City to tell her supporters to go home and get some sleep.
“They’re still counting votes…several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything else to say tonight,” Podesta said. “[E]verybody should head home.”
Upon the announcement of Trump’s presidency, Clinton- in an act that defied usual tradition- chose not to give her concession speech that night as is customary and decided to hold a press conference later in the day.
Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence at the Trump’s HQ thanked voters for helping the TrumpPence ticket make history. He also thanked God for blessing them with the opportunity to serve America and to introduce “President-Elect Trump.”
“This is a historic night,” Pence said. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”
“I come to this moment deeply humble- thankful- to God for his amazing grace…I’m deeply grateful to the American people for putting their confidence in this team and giving us this opportunity to serve,” he said. “President-elect Trump with his leadership and vision will make America great again.”
During his victory speech, Trump mentioned that Clinton did call to congratulate him on his win. He then called on the American people, from all walks of life, to finally come together and become a united people.
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me,” Trump said.
Trump thanked his supporters for the movement they created which he said comprised of Americans from “all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will.”
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he said.
Trump spoke of his plans for the future, which include creating a successful economic plan, giving veterans the support they need, fixing inner cities, rebuilding America’s infrastructure and its relationships with other nations.
A Trump administration, he said, will ensure that America and its people have all the capability they need to reach their “full potential.”
America, Trump said, will always be put first under his leadership but that he will also make sure to deal fairly with everyone- including people from different nations.
“We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict,” Trump said.
America, Trump said, will no longer settle for anything but the best.