The results of the 2016 US Presidential Elections are in, and Donald Trump has won the elections.
Hillary Clinton, in a phone call early on Wednesday, conceded victory to Trump, confirming one of the biggest upsets in the history of US politics.
Trump, who was a highly controversial figure all through the campaigns, somehow managed to beat the far more experienced former First Lady and Secretary of State Clinton.
In his first statement as President-elect, Trump promised to “bind the wounds” that divided America.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business, complicated business,” began Trump to raucous chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from his excited supporters.
“I have just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us and our victory – and I congratulated her on a very hard fought campaign.
“Now it is time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,” he added. “It is time for us to become together as one united people … I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
“This is a historic night,” said vice-president-elect Mike Pence, in the first official Republican response, introducing Trump. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion.”
Trump’s campaigns were marred by racist and sexist tones from the beginning, and were so controversial that even several of his party members went against him. One of his more popular statements was against illegal immigration, where he had racially insulted Mexicans.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you,” Trump told his supporters while campaigning.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
His immigration call wasn’t only against Mexicans, as he also proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Trump also didn’t show much love for women and minority sexual groups during his campaign, and America might just become a tougher place for all these people for the next 4 years.
Several media outlets were banned from covering his events over the course from the campaign, and he doesn’t have much love for his opponent, Clinton. He had previously vowed to prosecute her if he got elected, and we’ll have to wait to see if he keeps to his promise.
The Republican party also won the Senate and the House, and it’s certainly going to be an interesting 4 years for the United States of America, and the world at large.