Trump seals the deal in stunning upset

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NEW YORK: Donald Trump has stunned America and the world, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

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The Republican mogul defeated his Democratic rival, plunging global markets into turmoil and casting the long-standing global political order, which hinges on Washington’s leadership, into doubt.

“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump told a cheering crowd of jubilant supporters in the early hours of Wednesday in New York, pledging to work with Democrats in office.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” he declared, in a conciliatory address in which he paid tribute to his defeated opponent and thanked his staff.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said of Clinton, whose hopes of becoming America’s first woman president were brutally dashed.

During a bitter two-year campaign that tugged at America’s democratic fabric, the 70-year-old bombastic tycoon pledged to deport illegal immigrants, ban Muslims from the country and tear up free trade deals.

His message was embraced by a large section of America’s white majority who have grown increasingly disgruntled by the scope of social and economic change in the last eight years under their first black president, Barack Obama.

Many Americans from minority backgrounds expressed dismay at Trump’s victory, which some saw as the result of what some observers said was a backlash against multicultural America.

Trump praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin, called US support for NATO allies in Europe into question and suggested that South Korea and Japan should develop their own nuclear weapons.

Ominously for Washington’s European allies, one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump was Putin himself, in a rapid Kremlin statement

Putin expressed hope for “bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition” and said “building constructive dialogue” would be in the interest of both countries.

Allies dumbfounded

The businessman turned TV star turned-politico – who has never before held elected office – will become commander-in-chief of the world’s sole true superpower on January 20.

The results prompted a global market sell-off, with stocks plunging across Asia and Europe and billions being wiped off the value of investments.

Mexicans, fearing Trump’s vow to build a wall to cut America off from its southern neighbor, were dismayed and the peso fell to historic lows.

And as Europe awoke to a stark and unwelcome reality, London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 1.87 percent, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 dived 2.9 percent and the Paris CAC 40 index slid 2.8 percent.

America’s allies have been dumfounded by Trump’s rise, but European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini insisted: “EU-US ties are deeper than any change in politics. We’ll continue to work together, rediscovering the strength of Europe.”

Although he has no government experience and in recent years has been as well known for running beauty pageants and starring on his reality television series “The Apprentice” as he is for building his property empire, Trump will be the oldest man to ever become president.

Yet, during his improbable political rise, Trump has constantly proved the pundits and received political wisdom wrong.

Opposed by the entire senior hierarchy of his own Republican Party, he trounced more than a dozen better-funded and more experienced rivals in the party primary.

During the race, he was forced to ride out credible allegations of sexual assault from a dozen women and was embarrassed but apparently not ashamed to have been caught on tape boasting about groping women.

And, unique in modern US political history, he refused to release his tax returns – leaving a question mark over how much, if any, tax he has paid while running a global empire.

But the biggest upset came on Tuesday, as he swept to victory through a series of hard-fought wins in battleground states from Florida to Ohio.

Clinton had been widely assumed to be on course to enter the history books as the first woman to become president in America’s 240-year existence.

Americans repudiated her call for unity amid the United States’ wide cultural and racial diversity, opting instead for a leader who insisted the country is broken and that he “alone can fix it.”

So great was the shock of defeat that the normally robust Clinton did not come out to her supporters’ poll-watching party to concede defeat, but instead called Trump and sent her campaign chairman.

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  1. Many Americans from the minority background who are dismayed at the result of Trump winning the presidency only observe a backlash in multicultural America. What they don’t see is the opportunity under their nose to grow in America. There is a transformation of Republican Party elitism to a populous new Republican party. All these people of minority descent can do is complain, protest and wait for the handouts from the government. Their welfare president and welfare candidate will be a thing of the past. They must at least visualize the industry and determination of a minority like President-elect Trump’s grandfather who came into America long time ago. He started to work as a barber in downtown Manhattan. I know a friend of mine who immigrated into New York years ago from the Philippines with few dollars pocket money. He did not complain, neither he did protest. He just work hard. He is now a real estate developer, financier and investor in Pennsylvania. His children graduated from elite colleges here in the USA. I suggest to these people from minority background to stop complaining and protesting. Cooperate with the new president and look for a better opportunity from a real new change.

  2. Thanking God and Jesus| I am happy for the Trump Win :D

    I think America will be better again| finally, I was able to have my choice win at the American 2016 Election:
    1. I lost my choice on having Jessie Vargas win because Manny won :P
    2. I lost in the Marcos Burial Matter| I wanted him not to be Libing at the Hero Cemetery :P

    This only makes me feel better| My thinking is similar to the Americans: much bigger than the Pinoys :P

    Congratulations Trump the US President| I pray that you will lead the US Well, in Jesus Christ Name :) God bless!!

  3. The only reason why anyone was “stunned” was because they totally misread the tea leaves, that’s all. This was not really an “upset”. Trump had deep support from day one. More importantly. Hillary has been one of the most hated Women in America for a long time now and the DNC made a tragic mistake by throwing its full support behind her, even to the point of rigging the primaries and pushing Sanders out. I said that a year ago. Remember, Hillary lost quite a few traditionally Democratic states, a testament to her unpopularity within her OWN party. While Obama has quietly deported a RECORD number of illegal Hispanics, hysteria has grown around Trump’s alleged “racism” and anti-immigration position. Pure propaganda. There are no facts to support these claims, none. BTW, the term “illegal immigrant” is nowhere to be found in the US legal system and is an oxymoron. Foreign nationals are grouped into two categories by immigration law: legal aliens and illegal aliens. Immigrants are a category of legal aliens. “Illegal immigrant” is a term made up by the left to instill some semblance of dignity on illegal aliens.