Donald John Trump has been projected as the winner of the presidential election, according to the Associated Press, after election returns showed that Trump had won stunning come-from-behind victories across a swath of contested states.
Trump, 70, will be the 45th president of the United States. A real-estate developer and former reality-TV star, Trump is the first person to win the presidency without having previously held public office or served in the U.S. military.
Mike Pence, 57, will be vice president. Pence was a longtime member of the House of Representatives and is now the Republican governor of Indiana.
Trump’s victory could produce significant repercussions, both economic and political. Stock markets had risen in recent days, believing that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win. On Tuesday evening, as Trump reeled off a string of unexpected victories across the Midwest, futures market nosedived — likely anticipating global upheaval as Trump tries to follow through on aggressive campaign promises: to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, to impose tougher trading conditions on China, and to force U.S. manufacturers not to move operations overseas.
Shortly before 3 a.m., Trump made a triumphant entrance at his celebratory party in a Manhattan hotel, followed by his family.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton,” he said. “She congratulated us – it’s about us — on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign. She fought very hard.”
“We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he added, to scattered applause.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wound of division,” Trump said, adding: “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
At Trump’s party, supporters hugged each other, waved Trump signs over their heads and erupted in cheers after the race was officially called.
“Donald! Donald!” they chanted.
In political terms, Trump’s win will likely hands Republicans control of both the executive and legislative branches of government.
That could lead to long-sought GOP dreams coming true, like the repeal of “Obamacare” and the end of regulations limiting greenhouse-gas emissions. But it could also lead to Republican infighting, since Trump’s policy ideas – including more friendliness toward Russia, and protectionist trade positions – are starkly at odds with what other many Republicans believe.
His victory on Tuesday was the biggest surprise of the modern presidential era – a shocking upset, at a time when mass communication and zealous polling sought to make such surprises less likely.
Trump had entered Election Day trailing Clinton in a slew of national and swing-state polls, and with a get-out-the-vote operation far smaller than hers. He had fared poorly in all three debates.
Source: Washington Post