History has been created in the United States with the election of real estate mogul and reality television personality Donald Trump — the ultimate political outsider — to the White House.
With the Republican victory, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the first woman president of the US were immediately dashed.
The election went down to the wire. In the end, the man behind the successful Trump Empire pulled off a major upset.
On the way to capturing the needed 270 electoral votes, Trump secured a number of crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, as several “blue” states, which had successfully ushered Barack Obama into the White House, turned “red”.
The election presented an unusually significant choice for a divided nation. Democrats had warned that Trump, with his rhetoric on race, gender and immigration, would represent a rejection of core American values but Trump was insistent that his campaign represents America’s last chance to drive out a corrupt political establishment that has turned its back on hard-working Americans.
At her last rally in North Carolina, Clinton capped her campaign with the words “Love trumps hate”.
Trump took to Fox News on Tuesday morning to declare his confidence in the outcome.
“We’re going to win a lot of states. Who knows what happens, ultimately, but we’re going to win,” he said. The GOP nominee had also taken aim at polls which showed that Clinton had the advantage.
“I think a lot of polls are purposely wrong. The media is extremely dishonest and I think a lot of polls are phony. I don’t think they interview people. I think they put out phony numbers,” Trump had said on Fox & Friends.