AMERICAN VOTERS DELIVER VERDICT WHICH PROVED ALL PUNDITS WRONG
In a result that stunned the world, on November 8, 2016 American voters caused a shockwave by delivering a humiliating rebuke to America’s political establishment and to the hangers-on, the pollsters, the pundits, the American mainstream media elites, the celebrities who surrounded Hillary Clinton on stages when they decided to put the future of their nation in the hands of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA, an untested leader who was described by American mainstream media as one with deep character flaws and no experience in governance or national security.
The 70-year-old billionaire businessman, who took to politics only 18 months ago, won with a comfortable margin securing 289 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 218. To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
It was a heart-break for Democratic nominee Clinton, who was hoping to become the first woman president of the US, as Trump edged past her in a see-saw battle. Clinton, who did not make a traditional concession speech, called Trump and congratulated him.
Trump reciprocated in his victory speech, saying she fought very hard and the country owes her a major debt of gratitude for her service to it. Seeking to “bind the wounds of division” after a bitter and divisive campaign, Trump pledged to be the President for all Americans and asked Republicans, Democrats and independents across the country to come together as one united people.
Trump, addressing his supporters at his campaign headquarters, said, “It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president of all Americans.”
Against the backdrop of a highly vitriolic and divisive campaign, Trump talked of his campaign “being a movement comprising people of all races and backgrounds,” possibly surprising many, as evidenced by an eruption of cheers when he said the word “races.”
“Ours was not a campaign, but a movement. It is a movement comprising from all races, background and believes. Working together, we would begin the urgent task of rebuilding the country. The country has a tremendous potential,” he said. Once considered a long shot for the presidency, the billionaire from New York tapped into the disillusionment of the average white working class American against the establishment, molding it into vicious anti-immigrant rhetoric which proved to be an electoral gold mine.
Trump, a political outsider, was rebuked by many top Republicans for his remarks on women and immigrants and several party leaders had refused to back him despite his comprehensive win in the primaries.
US President Barack Obama called the President-elect to congratulate him and invited him to the White House on Thursday.
President Obama, who had campaigned ferociously against Trump after calling him unfit to hold office, invited him to the White House on Thursday to discussion transition. Trump will be sworn in on January 20, the traditional Inauguration Day.
Humbled Democratic leaders and others who had predicted Clinton would win 300 electoral votes or many more instead watched, agape, as Trump picked off states that Barack Obama had won handily.
Hillary Clinton vastly outspent Donald Trump when it came it campaign ad buys during the general election but did not receive a win to pay it off. By the beginning of November, Bloomberg reported last week, Clinton spent $211.4 million dollars in ad buys, whereas Trump only spent $74 million dollars in ad buys this general election cycle.
“Hillary has worked long and hard and we owe a major debt of gratitude to her for her work for this country,” Trump said at his campaign headquarters in New York.
We owe Trump open mind, chance to lead: Hillary
Hillary Clinton Wednesday graciously accepted her defeat, saying she hopes Donald Trump will be a successful President for all Americans and that the “deeply divided” nation owes him “an open mind and the chance to lead.”
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for. And I’m sorry that we didn’t win this election for the values we share and for the vision we hold for our country,” Clinton told a large gathering of her supporters here in as she took the podium to concede the closely-fought elections.
Her supporters stood up and applauded as Clinton walked in with her husband Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Mark, and running mate Tim Kaine.
Clinton put up a strong demeanor as she gave her concession speech, occasionally getting emotional and almost holding back tears.
Her campaign staff and supporters were seen hugging each other and holding hands, some visibly emotional and wiping away tears as they waited to hear from their presidential candidate.
Clinton, 69, apologised for not winning the election and said she will feel the pain of losing the election for long. As her supporters cheered and applauded for Clinton, she said she had congratulated Trump,70, and offered to work with him for the country.
“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” she said.
Clinton said the nation must accept the outcome of the elections and move forward under the leadership of Trump.
“We must accept this result and look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe Trump an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that we cherish it,” she said.
Clinton’s supporters gave her a standing ovation as she walked in to deliver her speech. “I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too. This is painful and it will be for a long time. But our campaign was never about one person or even one election. it was about the country we love and about building an America thats hopeful inclusive and big-hearted,” she said.
Clinton expressed “pride” for her supporters and the American people, saying “you represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
“We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. Lets do all we can to advance the values we hold dear,” she said.
Clinton also expressed gratitude to President Barack Obama and Michele Obama, saying the country owes them “an enormous debt of gratitude.
“We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to people in the country and across the world,” she said.