Donald Trump sent shockwaves around the world today after delivering his own ‘Brexit for America’ in a historic victory over Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US President.
In his first address as President elect after a bitter campaign, Trump struck a unifying tone in front of crowds cheering “USA, USA”. He said it was “time for America to bind the wounds of division”.
President-elect Donald Trump promised a ‘project of renewal’ for America, saying everyone would be able to live up to their potential.
He said: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me.”
His voice cracking, he continued: “It’s time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen that I will be president for all.”
Giving his iconic thumbs up to the delighted crowds, Trump said: “Every single American will have the ability to realise his or her potential.”
He said he had received a call from Hillary Clinton who congratulated him on his victory.
He said: “She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign.
“She fought it very well. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude to our country.”
In a night of high drama, his promise to “Make America Great Again” paid off as millions of voters who Hillary Clinton dismissed as a “basket of deplorables” went to polling stations in their droves to paint the map of the US Republican red.
Trump won the election with 276 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 218 – with votes still being counted.
As supporters of Clinton wept at her “celebration party” in New York, it became clear Trump had pulled off one of the most stunning electoral upsets in history.
Clinton, who was fawned over by an army of high-profile celebrity supporters, was left to concede to her opponent over the phone in an abject humiliation from which she will almost certainly never recover.
Trump dubbed himself “Mr Brexit“, and fought on a ticket to “drain the swamp” of the Washington elite.
His was a call to action to hundreds of millions of mainly white, working class voters who had become increasingly alienated from the political elite – mirroring the millions of Brits who used the EU referendum to send a message to “out-of-touch” MPs in Westminster.
But the reverberations of his victory were already being felt this morning, with world markets tumbling on the news, some predicting the worst day since 9/11.
As the controversial and bitter battle for the White House drew to a close this week, Trump had claimed a victory for him would be America‘s “Brexit plus plus plus” and a delivery of “justice”.
On the stage Trump vowed:
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our county’s destiny and dream big.
Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” before adding: “There will be no dream too big, no challenge too great”.
And in a message to foreign powers, he said: “I want to tell the world community, we will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground”.
It fell to the state of Wisconsin to seal victory for Trump, taking him past the magic number of 270 college votes to confirm him as President.
The Republicans had grown increasingly confident over the course of a dramatic night of voting, as a string of key swing states fell to the controversial billionaire to deal a hammer blow to Clinton‘s hopes.
Despite this, her camp initially refused to concede.
Barely an hour before Trump claimed victory, Clinton‘s campaign chief John Podesta has refused to concede defeat, instead sending supporters home, saying:
“I know you’ve been here a long time and it’s been a long night and it’s been a long campaign, but I can say, we can wait a little longer, can’t we?
“We’re still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.
“We are not done… Let’s get the votes counted and bring this home.”
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