Donald Trump has won the 2016 United States Presidential election.
Donald Trump has surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win and will now become the 45th President of the United States. After a nail-biter of an election, Donald Trump has officially beaten his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to become the next Commander-in-Chief. Donald Trump will be the first President to have never held office or been in the military before becoming President.
The billionaire businessman shocked the world as his electoral votes rolled in throughout the night on Tuesday, and ultimately knocking out his Government entrenched politician of an opponent. He took key battleground states like North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and shattered the big blue wall of Wisconsin.
Trump’s lack of political experience resonated with the American people, who for the past 8 years and beyond, have felt the weight of bureaucracy and big government make their lives more difficult and drain their wallets. Though Clinton was the heavily favored candidate expected to win in a landslide, the voters also voted in favor of Republicans, making it so the Presidency, the Senate, and the House would all be Republican at the beginning of Trump’s time in office.
At 70, Trump will be the oldest first term President to ever old office.
At nearly 3 am eastern, Trump took the stage at Trump HQ with his family by his side to make his victory speech. He told the crowd that Clinton gave him a call to offer him congratulations and that now was the time for the nation to come together.
“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” the President-elect said. “It’s time.”
“Like I said from the beginning,” he continued, “ours was not a campaign but an incredible and great movement.”
You can watch his whole victory speech below:
On the other side, Clinton campaign manager, John Podesta, took the stage at the Javitz Center in place of Hillary Clinton to let the crowd know it was time to go home because Clinton did not plan on speaking until later in the day Wednesday.
As the results were rolling in on election night in favor of Trump, Clinton tweeted out a message to her supporters.
We will be providing full recaps of the election and of reactions in the next 24 hours.