Say “President Donald J. Trump.” Say it three times, “President Donald J. Trump.”. No. Noo… really? Now we will have to say it again and again. Because it’s official: Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America.
In a stunning upset – well, stunning if you’ve been an avid reader of news coverage of the election and the polling – the former reality-TV star was zooming toward 270 Electoral College votes when Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton called him to concede at about 11:40 PM PT.
Donald J. Trump’s victory in the presidential race tonight capped a remarkable election in which several Democratic Senate candidates fell short and Republicans retained their majority in the House of Representatives.
In the end, according to the media, Trump hit millions of voters on a gut level, with macho talk about a “rigged system” and building that wall, and one catch phrase “Make America Great Again” that, combined with promise to bring back coal, steel and manufacturing jobs, enveloped voters in a cloud of nostalgia.
This stunning victory sent shockwaves around the world.
Donald Trump’s victory speech tonight
“Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business,” Trump told followers as he took the stage to take his victory lap.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that sincerely.”
The crowd was respectful at the mention of Mrs Clinton.