I have just woken up this morning to the victory speech of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. After his victory of the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, Hillary Clinton, his electoral adversary, called him at 7.40am (UK time) to concede the race, making Donald Trump officially the new President of the United States.
Needing a total of 270 electoral votes, Trump surpassed that with 276, whilst Clinton had only 218 when she called Trump to congratulate him.
This is the second time Clinton has lost the Presidential election, following her campaign in 2008 against Barak Obama. Once more, her fight has not been enough to see her through. However, we will never know the true effect that the FBI’s reopening of the investigation into her emails just 11 days before the election.
Donald Trump, the candidate of change, presented his victory speech this morning supported on stage by his third wife, Melania, daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany, and son Donald Junior. As well as including his gratitude to his late parents and late older brother Fred, Trump congratulates Clinton’s campaign and reminds his supporters of his plans for America.
To the citizens who did not vote for him he pleads for their ‘guidance’ and their ‘help’ so that ‘we can work together and unify our incredible country’. He describes the past couple of months not as a ‘campaign’ but rather an ‘incredible and great movement’ for people who want ‘a better and brighter future for themselves and their family.’ ‘The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.’
The main points Trump focuses on during his victory speech are those of rebuilding infrastructure and better care for veterans. He promises to ‘double’ growth and ‘have the strongest economy anywhere in the world.’
At 8.49am (UK time) The Guardian has just confirmed that protests have already began against Trump in places including New York, Los Angeles and Portland, including a fire being started in Oakland, Northern California. As Trump says in his speech ‘this political stuff is nasty and it’s tough.’