Donald Trump is the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s victory in Wisconsin put the Republican candidate over the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.
The newly elected US president took to the stage at his victory rally in New York and said:
“I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory.
Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
He added: “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
The real estate tycoon has stormed into victory against all odds and predictions from the polls who were still putting Clinton ahead of Trump this week.
In Clinton’s headquarters, the mood was dark, supporters disappointed that Clinton didn’t even had the dignity to show up on the stage, and left early.
What went wrong?
Trump is a populist billionaire who provoked controversy on the campaign trail for comments about women and Muslims. He has also promised to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to stop “latinos” to come into the country “stealing US jobs”.
But for many people Trump is the “only alternative” left.
Many among the so-called disenfranchised white working class considered him as their “last chance”. They saw him as their “human cocktail Molotov” that will destroy the establishment. Clinton, on the other hand, represented the status-quo.
And her campaign was only based on “Anyone but Trump” which clearly didn’t appeal to those who wanted “real change” and wanted to make “America great again”, as Trump claims he will do.
In places like Ohio or Pennsylvania where most of manufacturing jobs are gone, Trump was the man who will bring those jobs back. And what did Clinton had to offer to them? Nothing apart a vague promises of a better America.
But the US is a broken country, the white working class are tired of false promises from the establishment. They wanted something different and that’s why Trump won the election.
According to the polls, Clinton was winning big. In reality, she was losing in every “state battle” to her opponent, but as is always the case with those who believe in polls, they don’t understand that the only poll that really counts is on the election day itself.
The Democrats didn’t believe that an outsider, a left-wing candidate could win so they choose Clinton over Bernie Sanders. They thought that she will “destroy” Trump, predicting a landslide victory.
The Democrats lost against a populist billionaire that was regarded as “a joke” by the mainstream media, the establishment and all their friends.
The establishment was intoxicated by its own lies and couldn’t predict Trump’s victory. But America wanted something different, they wanted a “political revolution” called Trump.