Donald Trump Defeats Hillary Clinton
The Democratic Party has been 'Trumped' following a shocking GOP victory.
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Republicans from all across the country have won a hard-fought victory early Wednesday morning as Donald Trump defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. This victory came as the GOP (a nickname for the Republican Party, standing for “Grand Old Party”) retained control of the House of Representatives and Senate by razor-thin margins, and achieved success in six of the twelve gubernatorial races that occurred this year.
Trump currently has 289 electoral votes while Clinton holds 218. They’re projected to have 306 and 232, respectively. Trump won in many states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio, which were key swing states that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney failed to win in the 2012 election. Trump is also projected to win in Michigan and Arizona, where results are being still being counted.
Though Hillary Clinton declined to make a concession speech early Wednesday morning, she called Trump personally to congratulate him on his victory. She gave her concession at 10:30 AM, November 9th, congratulating Trump once again on his victory, thanking her supporters, and urging Americans to give him a chance.
President Obama has invited Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power that will take place in the following months. The trip will mark Trump’s first visit to the White House and his first face-to-face meeting with President Obama.
Vladimir Putin issued a congratulatory telegram for Trump on early Wednesday morning and made a televised appearance. He expressed hope that Russian-U.S. relations would improve once Trump is inaugurated on January 20, 2017.
“I congratulate the American people with their will and with their democracy and with their strength and with their courage,” Putin told The Associated Press. “So this is not only a victory for the Americans, who defended their democracy against the liberal, global elite—no, this is a victory that the American people brought to the whole world.”
A few Greenbrier West students also had several things to say about the results:
“I think the results are disgusting, dangerous, and disappointing,” Junior and Clinton supporter Thomas Vestal said. “The triple D.”
“I am very happy about it,” said Eric Crowe, sophomore and Trump supporter. “Hillary is a crooked criminal and Trump is the best!”
Whether you supported or opposed Trump throughout his campaign, this election is surely historic. Record numbers of people voted early (before Election Day), and abnormally high numbers of rural citizens came out to vote. Donald Trump will be the first person ever to enter the office of presidency without prior political, government, or military experience. Many of his opponents fear his inexperience may lead to disastrous consequences. To his supporters, however, they hold out hope that his status as an outsider may pull Washington from the talons of establishment politics.