Mr. President!

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.

The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold.

The triumph for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a powerful rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government, and the consensus they had forged on everything from trade to immigration.

The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism.

In Mr. Trump, a thrice-married Manhattanite who lives in a marble-wrapped three-story penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue, they found an improbable champion.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Mr. Trump told supporters around 3 a.m. on Wednesday at a rally in New York City, just after Mrs. Clinton called to concede.

In a departure from a blistering campaign in which he repeatedly stoked division, Mr. Trump sought to do something he had conspicuously avoided as a candidate: Appeal for unity.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”

That, he added, “is so important to me.”

He offered unusually warm words for Mrs. Clinton, who he has suggested should be in jail, saying she was owed “a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”

Bolstered by Mr. Trump’s strong showing, Republicans retained control of the Senate. Only one Republican-controlled seat, in Illinois, fell to Democrats early in the evening. And Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, a Republican, easily won re-election in a race that had been among the country’s most competitive. A handful of other Republican incumbents facing difficult races were running better than expected.

Mr. Trump’s win — stretching across the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania — seemed likely to set off financial jitters and immediate unease among international allies, many of which were startled when Mr. Trump in his campaign cast doubt on the necessity of America’s military commitments abroad and its allegiance to international economic partnerships.
New York Times

6 thoughts on “Mr. President!

  • November 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    CONGRATULATIONS FROM VANCOUVER, CANADA…
    Mr. President I have watch faithfully everyday the greatest campaign in American history. Mr. President you are what AMERICA needs, and as an outsider I see that you have the right attitude and good judgement to lead the country into a GREAT AMERICA AGAIN.
    Perhaps you can help and teach our selfie schoolboy prime minister a few lessons on how to be a real man and leader. I am embarrassed of our little child Trudeau…

    I have many friends in Arizona and they are excited and ready to work with you. I did tell them that last night was a moment in time that I wish I was an AMERICAN citizen, for your country will be a leading country once more. If you ever need a Canadian friend well you’ve got one here…

    Again Mr. President, congratulations…

    Antoine Denis Martin
    1-604-781-3601

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  • November 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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    YEAH! for America!

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  • November 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    I voted for Mr. Trump when I was sent my voters ballots which had a long list of all of the politicians running for either reelection or running for the first time in my state. The state I live in is mostly democrats so I didn’t think he would win this state but he had a good showing. There just wasn’t enough Republicans in this state to push him over the top, sorry to say.
    One thing I do know, is that every police department across the U.S. along with all of the military members, all of the Border Patrol members voted for Mr Trump. Now they can get back to work doing their jobs to keep the illegal aliens OUT OF THE U.S. These people are not immigrants they are invaders looking for a free handout.

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  • November 9, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    Congratulations from Canada! I’ve been a Trump supporter since day one even though I couldn’t vote. I hope you have a great Presidency Mr Trump.

    I hope you will also teach your daughter Ivanka about the White House as I think she would make an awesome first female President.

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    • November 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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      Thank you Lori! Best wishes!

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  • February 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    I need help,.My husband had surg.on his back and now he can’t do nothing,we have ask for equipment to help get things working again.We have both worked all our lives,now when we need help there is no one to help us.We should had got on welfare and everything would be payed for.I have been trying for three years to get help,but they tell us that we are going to die soon,so I guess we won’t be able to enjoy the golden years.We were in our 60 when this started,They told him he had to have the operation,didn’t tell us he wouldn’t be able to walk ,all he can do is talk thank GOD for that.We can’t get any help bathing him,and its all I can do to change him when he needs a diaper.I do my best to move his arms and legs. That all right now,he needs me. Thanks.Joanne Arnett @YAHOO.COM We have insurance but they won’t pay for nothing.Maybe we have someone in office that can fight these insurance co.,and we pay on our insurance every month we not wanting a free hand out,we want these insurance company to get the things we need. Sorry I;m not very good on computer,s Thanks

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