Donald John Trump will take oaths as the 45th president of the United States of America on January 20th, 2017. In what could be termed the biggest upset in recent democratic polling history, the businessman, reality TV star, maverick turned juggernaut movement head -- Donald Trump -- claimed victory at around 2.45 am New York time, at the Hilton Hotel in New York.
After more than a year of hard fought battles, overturning every liberal media and analyst's prediction, Donald Trump proved to be the winner with 59,182,321 votes, amounting to 47.5% of the total votes cast. His opponent, who was tipped to be the first female President of the United States, polled 59,353, 098 votes or 47.7% of the votes cast.
“He spoke to real people, the people who were never spoken to before and who didn’t have a chance with this elitist system,” Ronald Walker 33, a Trump supporter living in the Upper East Side in New York, told Daily Mirror.
At the time of writing, Donald Trump had won 279 Electoral College votes, which is over and above the required 270, while his rival -- the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- had won just 218.
Clinton, was slightly ahead in the overall popular vote count, but the Electoral College system had all but sealed Trumps victory, early Wednesday morning.
The Trump movement saw masses of lower middle class or poor people rallying around the call to topple the existing status quo. Donald Trump, the President elect, in his rhetoric highlighted how the “corrupt, system of a powerful few” had alienated the average American, a message which continuously resonated with the populace. The popular message of the movement, was that the system in place had not delivered, and that the time was ripe for an overthrow.
The manner in which the Electoral College system of the United States (which comprises 538 votes) works, gave a clear indication of the upset victory early on. 435 of the Electoral College votes are cast by the states and their population, 100 votes are allocated to senators and 3 to the District of Columbia.
The ‘popular vote’ which is the vote cast by the citizen in each state is counted, and the winner of each state is accordingly assigned the number of Electoral College votes he/she receives. Following the declaration of the popular vote. Accordingly the winner of a state such as Texas or California by popular vote would be apportioned the Electoral College votes allocated for the state. California has 55 apportioned and Texas the second largest has 38.
Both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were a 30-minute walking distance away from each other, having cast their votes in New York- the home state of both.
Clinton supporters were gathered at the Jatvis Center between 34th and 40th Street on 11th Avenue, from 3pm until John Pedosta the campaign Chairman spoke to her supporters at around 1.30 am. He told the supporters, who were by then aware of the imminent defeat, “Go home, she will have more to say tomorrow”.
50 minutes to an hour later, all television news stations, who played a pivotal part in the forecast and reporting of the election, said that Hillary Clinton had made a phone call to Donald Trump and conceded defeat. The same was confirmed by the President elect during his victory speech.
The 70 year old businessman, the oldest to win a first term in the history of the United States, acknowledged the phone call when he spoke to jubilant fans at the Hilton at around 2.50 am.
Reading from the teleprompters before him the new President elect commended his opponent for a very hard fought campaign”.
“We owe a very major debt of gratitude to her (Clinton) for her service to our country, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," he said.
In what could be termed a gracious and conciliatory speech, given the bitter campaign that many assume had divided the country, Trump attempted to make amends.
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said.
Clinton, who was scheduled to speak on Wednesday, at 10.30 am Eastern Standard Time, was yet to make her concession speech, at the time of writing.
Voting began early Tuesday morning with much enthusiasm across the country. Clinton and Trump both voted in New York, after which they both retired to their respective hotels in Manhattan.
Despite the surge in Hispanic voters and record turnouts in some states, states which Clinton supporters, pollsters, academics and political pundits repeatedly believed were ‘safe states’, the night was long and drawn out for her campaign.
The first result, at around 7.10 pm, was a victory for Trump. From then on, the movement, largely ignored by the progressives and the liberals, gained momentum, with Ohio, Florida and North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all falling to Trump. The Clinton supporters had hope, up until around 11.00 pm, when North Carolina and Ohio were called, after which, many of them who were anti-Trump voters rather than pro Clinton voters, admitted, “its over”.
Voters who had previously heralded the First Black President of the country, Barack Obama, had rejected Hillary Clinton and significantly voted for Donald Trump whose rhetoric had posited the exact opposite. Glaringly, Trunbull, in Ohio went to the Republican by a 6 point margin, despite giving Obama a 22 point victory in 2012.
Daily Mirror, yesterday, predicted that the polls and opinions may be proved wrong, given the nature of the campaign and the widespread cohesion of the movement, which many in liberal and academic circles failed to acknowledge until late last night.
All networks displayed shock and awe when the results started to flow in, with Wolf Blitzer on CNN among all anchors on the major Networks admitting that they had “read the election wrong.”
“This was not expected, and we had even gone into the appointments of the President elect. This map was not supposed to look this way,” the NBC news election coverage anchor said.
However, despite the constant fear-mongering, Trump's victory speech may have resulted in sighs of relief across the globe.
In his speech that lasted close upon 12 minutes, Trump said, “All people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”.
New York, considered the most progressive state in the country, was in no mood for partying. Since the election results started coming in, the atmosphere was sober and sullen. Despite it being the home of the two candidates, there were no street parties nor traffic around the city. The subways remained empty, symbolizing, if nothing else, that America had realised that its estimation of the dejection and disappointment of the populace at the status quo, was in fact all wrong. (Hafeel Farisz in New York)
MJ Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:10 PM
A similarity between Trump and Brexit is that the media and political elite cannot believe a reasonable person can vote for Trump or Brexit
surasena Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:56 PM
After all what they had was "US Rejection" instead a "US Election"as usual
Appu Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:57 PM
The man with guts. Well done. Congratulations! !!!
Dayawathie Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:01 PM
Remember Sri Lankans, Hillary supported LTTE
dd Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:02 PM
peoples choice. good luck USA. very bad for MIDDLE EAST. via DM Android App
Missaka Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:04 PM
Some Sri Lankans wanted to see Hillary's win, including Yahapaalana top brasses.
Lal Fonseka Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:20 PM
Great victory, I whole heartedly congratulate the new President, pray that he will act boldly where necessary. God Bless America.
Rambuk Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:29 PM
As Sri Lankans we welcome Trump"s victory because Hillary Clington always on the side of Tamil Diaspora who actagainst the Sinhala community.
nidal Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:51 PM
America counted the votes whereas India counted the notes....
Nidal Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:52 PM
God bless for both America and India... Where America counted the votes and India counted the notes....
Lalindra Wednesday, 09 November 2016 04:18 PM
Hilary can contest the parliamentary elections to come back to form a new party and contest for the Presidency again.
Muheed Jeeran Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:09 PM
Trump not only won Hillary but he won Bill clinton, Obamas, Media and celebrities and finally FBI
surasena Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:54 PM
At least this guy not depended on LTTE blood money, time will make him a good president for US and a leader to the free world
Siva Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:15 PM
Our separatist LTTE masters are down and hiding .අපරාදේ පොල්
Mohamed Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:19 PM
Please refer the speech by RW, when MR lost to MS, listen to what he says about MR. We do have gentlemen in Sri Lanka
dhanush Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:35 PM
thats why yesterday I read a news, saying rajapaksha brothers were eagrly waiting for trump victory to escape from all their anti human activities
Echoasma Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:47 PM
11/9 Would it be a permanently tragic date for the Americans :(
Wewala Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:50 PM
VICTORY FOR INDIGENOUS MAJORITY OF ANY COUNTRY, WELL DONE SILENT MAJORITY.
gooja Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:21 PM
This donkey brack some coconut for Hillary and a pooja at the temple.He should have one for Jayalalita.
Gamaya Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:28 PM
Beggers always begger.The freign policy is designed by the foreign office along with CIA. But your Pm or president wont be go near to him in future for photos.
Boonda Thursday, 10 November 2016 04:33 AM
Whoever breaks it, for Donald, a Sri Lankan supported Clinton with coconuts breaking.
Sharon Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:51 AM
Very good news for the peace loving world. via DM iOS App
Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:32 AM
A thundering lesson for all to "Expect the Unexpected". Even in Sri Lanka political scenarios change so rapidly.
Sincere Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:01 PM
Where, where is this expert who wrote a big article prophesying and confirming Clinton's victory???
Sid Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:23 PM
All the way up....Bing Bing Bong bong
ANTON Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:24 PM
WHAT THAT MONKEY PREDICTED IS CORRECT.
Lanka Banana Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:26 PM
Selection for voters was to find between bad and worst. Weakest candidates ever to compete.
Thanos Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:27 PM
Congratulation Mr. Trump. But this felt more like a protest vote against established american politics. Trump was the outsider. The democrats shot themselves in the foot by not electing Bernie Sanders.
Sivajilingam Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:31 PM
Come on Sivajilingam
Flanker Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:35 PM
Well done and Congratulations Mr. Trump. The ideal winner to the white house.
Lokka Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:50 PM
CONGRATULATIONS MR. TRUMP AT YOUR VICTORY. HOPE YOU WILL HELP SRI LANKA TO OVERCOME OUR PROBLEMS BY NOT INTERFERING IN THIS COUNTRY'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS, WHICH YOUR COUNTRY'S PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DID TO OUR ANNOYANCE.
Kaboos Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:51 PM
Strong candidate won the election. Hilary down fall was was her ill health.. Nevertheless hard fought battle.
kk Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:51 PM
congratulations D Trump
Anaka Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:53 PM
guess all the coconuts didn't help LOL
Kosala Perera Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:55 PM
Bye Bye Nisha Biswal, John Kerry, Obama and Hilary who were LTTE sympathizers. Let us mind our own business from now on. Congrats Mr Trumph!
sobers Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:56 PM
It is Like our president simple Sirisena beating Mighty Mahinda!
YS Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:20 PM
God Bless America!!!
Hiran Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:06 PM
Congratulations Mr. Trump! Your victory could possibly end politicians hijacking the future of America. It was very sad to see how wicked media had campaigned against you. A great victory for the right-minded Americans!
max Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:08 PM
Seems USA has more "bayyas"! Well done Trumph!
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:09 PM
Congratulations Mr. Trump. For the good or bad Americans have chosen change. Let it be for the good of not only America but all of us.
dinruta Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:10 PM
Coconut dashes of North are silent ?
Ajja Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:10 PM
We can listen to lot of Mervin Silva like talks by him in future.He looks a tough nut..
mal Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:16 PM
WHEN WISE ME ARE SILENT FOOLS MULTIPLY.
Sri Wickrema Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:22 PM
Will Trump do what Gorbachev did to USSR ?
Gorakaya Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:24 PM
Sivaji, your coconut dashing didn't work! What next?
Arnold Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:32 PM
Its going to be MR multiplied by a million times. God HELP America!!
loto Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:30 PM
Trump won the presidencyship in great America . He thanked the former secretary his opponent candidate for her great service she had done. Also said Clinton in his speech We owe Hillary a major debt of gratitude.Can our politicians say like this via DM Android App
Ash Wednesday, 09 November 2016 02:31 PM
Entrepreneur Vs Politician. Clear outcome. This is what we need in SL with our present immature politicians. via DM Android App
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