The Republican nominee Donald Trump shattered all expectations with an election night victory. He has achieved one of the most improbable electoral victories in modern US history.
Despite a series of controversies that would have destroyed other candidacies, Trump won 306 electoral votes against 232 for Democrat Party nominee Hillary Clinton. At least 270 votes are needed to win any US election.
At 2.30 AM, the Associated Press announced that Trump had won Wisconsin, thus obtaining more than 270 electoral votes that he needed to secure the presidency.
Clinton called Trump to concede, but did not make a public address. Trump moved to Hilton Midtown to take the stage and make his first public appearance.
“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,” he said
“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.”
Certainly, US election campaign revealed two antagonistic views of American society, bringing to light the polarisation among voters as never before.
As President-elect Donald Trump’s administration started to take shape, thousands poured onto the streets to express their frustration at Trump’s presidential win.
From New York to Los Angeles, demonstrators marched in various cities chanting “Donald Trump go away. Racist, sexist — anti-gay” and holding banners that said “Love trumps hate” and “Not my President”.
All protesters shared that Trump used a rhetoric that fuelled violence against people of colour, immigrants and LGBT people throughout the campaign, creating division within the American society.
However, anti-Trump citizens have different views about the impact of protest. Some protesters only hope to raise awareness and show anger against his statements and policies to be unfolded in his presidency.
Others want that Trump publicly recant his controversial statements or, taking a step further, sign an online petition and writing letters to members of the Electoral College, asking them not to vote the way their states did at the polls.
WHY TRUMP WON THE ELECTION
Trump emerged as an outsider, firstly against their Republican nominees candidates such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, then against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
He built up his candidature and campaign with no support from Republican establishment and his DIY attitude attracted many voters who have been disenchanted by political establishment in the last years.
The same loss of hope explains the fact that many traditional Democrat voters decided not to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton.
The majority of white working class in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania opted for a Republican nominee. These three states belong to the Rust Belt, an area of current economic decline, population loss, and urban decay that was the focus of American industrial development.
However, Trump victory cannot be only explained because many lethargic Democrat voters turned out voting the Republican nominee. It is more relevant the fact that large amounts of these voters abstained in comparison to the last US election.
In Detroit and Wayne County, for instance, Obama won in 2012 by 595,253 and only 518,000 voted for Clinton in 2016. Trump received only 10,000 votes more than Romney did in 2012. 75,000 Obama voters did not mind to vote for Clinton and stay at home.
– Joan Isus, Correspondent (Politics)