Donald Trump wins US election as Hillary Clinton’s dream dies – reaction and analysis

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Donald Trump has pulled off a shock US election win after channelling Brexit style forces to defeat establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton went into election day with a lead in the polls, but confidence in her becoming America’s first female President rapidly disappeared as results started coming in.

Results so far – 270 votes required to win

Key Events

Full transcript of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech – Part 2

And let me add, our constitutional democracy demands our participation. Not just every four years but all the time.

So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Protecting our country and protecting our planet and breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe the American Dream is big enough for everyone. For people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people and people with disabilities. For everyone.

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech
Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was emotional and hopeful (Photo: Getty Images)

So now our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part. To build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek – and I know you will.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton.

It has been a joy getting to know them better and it gives me great hope and comfort to know Tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing Virginia in the Senate.

To Barack and Michelle Obama – our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.

(Standing ovation).

Full transcript of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech – Part 1

Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you so much. Very rowdy group!

Thank you my friends, thank you. Thank you thank you so very much for being here and I love you all too.

Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.

I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.

This is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energised campaign.

You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too, and so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort.

Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election
Hillary Clinton delivers the ‘painful’ confession, flanked by her husband and running mate (Photo: REUTERS)

This is painful and it will be for a long time but I want you to remember this – our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big hearted.

We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in America and I always will.

And if you do we must accept this result then look to the future.

Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it.

It also enshrines other things – the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them.

Hillary Clinton: “Our best days are ahead of us”

Hillary continues:

“My friends, let us have faith in each other.

Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come. There is more work to do.”

She leaves the stage on a hopeful note – there’s unfinished business there.

Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election
Despite clearly suppressing emotion, Hillary Clinton ended on a hopeful note (Photo: REUTERS)

Hillary tells the young people out there, ‘it hurts’, but ‘never stop fighting for what is right’.

“We need you to keep up these fights now, and for the rest of your lives.”

To women, especially young women: “Nothing has made me prouder to be your champion.”

Hillary Clinton concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel
Hillary Clinton concedes the presidential election at the New Yorker Hotel (Photo: Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton: ‘The American dream is big enough for everyone’

Clinton goes on to name minorities, and make the point “for EVERYONE.”

She exhorts the public to keep doing their part to build ‘a greater, bigger, stronger America’.

She adds: “To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt.”

Hillary Clinton commended the Obamas’ ‘graceful’ leadership

Hillary Clinton: ‘This is painful, and it will be for a long time’

“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.

“Donald Trump is going to be our President.

“We owe him an open mind and the peaceful chance to lead.”

Hillary Clinton conceding the bitterly-fought election to Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton arrives to give her much-anticipated concession speech

HERE SHE IS!

Hillary opens with hardest speech of her life with by telling the room that they’re very rowdy.

“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump.

“This is not the outcome that we wanted, or that we hoped for.

“I am sorry we did not win this election.”

Hillary Clinton is clearly holding back her emotions

Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine warms up the crowd for Hillary

Tim Kaine emphasises how Hillary Clinton has wanted the presidency from a young age.

He speaks of Hillary’s great achievement to get this far.

It really will be a bittersweet speech from the disappointed Clinton.

Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine plays hype man

British MP: “I’m a mixture of horrified and terrified”

British Labour MP Margaret Beckett tells Sky News: “I’m a mixture of horrified and terrified. The horror is for today and the terror is for tomorrow.”

On the polls she adds: “It’s possible to get through life listening only to the news channel that tells you something you already agree with.”

Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘nasty and divisive campaign’

Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the “nasty and divisive campaign” run by Donald Trump in comments to Sky News.

“The result that’s very surprising to everybody after a very nasty and divisive campaign that President elect Trump has run,” he said.

“There are very big issues that he faces and there is a message also that many people in the US felt left behind by their economic system.”

Journalists awaiting Hillary Clinton in hotel press room started chanting and clapping

Never leave a room full of journalists to their own devices the day after a massive election upset.

The press pack waiting in The New Yorker Hotel have been standing, chanting Hillary Clinton’s name and clapping, as they grow restive.

The music’s been turned up.

The wait continues.

Those faces say that they’re in the wait for the long haul…

House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulates Trump on delivering the votes

Paul Ryan has spoken to the President-Elect twice in the last 18 hours.

“Donald Trump has pulled off an amazing feat… and he has a clear mandate,” says Ryan.

Ryan and Trump have had a rocky relationship in the past.

With his wife Janna by his side Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) greets supporters at an election-night rally
House Speaker Paul Ryan, pictured with wife Janna (Photo: Getty Images)

‘New Yorker Hotel’ starts to trend on Twitter, as the world awaits Hillary Clinton

The eyes of the world are on the VERY patriotic background of the press room in the New Yorker Hotel.

That’s where Hillary Clinton will be delivering her concession speech – a very painful one for her.

Meanwhile, the hotel trends on Twitter as the internet keeps each others’ spirits up during the wait.

The room in the New Yorker Hotel well Hillary Clinton will deliver her concession speech
If it’s trending on Twitter, we’ve been waiting too long…

Scottish newspapers are having fun reporting on the event

Scotland has famously been unimpressed by Donald Trump’s Scottish connections, star power or general presence.

Local Scottish papers have been reporting on his momentous achievement in delightfully understated ways.

The Buchan Observer went with ‘Aberdeenshire business owner wins presidential election’.

The Stornoway Gazette – the local paper for the island where Trump’s mother was born – notes that Trump’s parentage makes him the first US President to be eligible to play in Lewis football’s Eilean an Fhraoich Cup – the rules allowing players only either born in a rural village or where a parent was born.

The Helensburgh Advertiser went with the rather stronger ‘Helensburgh politicians disappointed at shock Trump win’.

Scotland remains unimpressed with its newly-powerful offspring (Photo: Buchan Observer)

Obama invites Trump to White House tomorrow

President Obama called his successor Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory early today.

And he invited him to the White House tomorrow to discuss the transition of power, the White House said.

“Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the president-elect is the next step,” the White House press secretary said in a statement.

Obama, who also called unsuccessful Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, will make a statement later today to discuss the election results.

Obama brushing his shoulder
(Photo: YouTube / trainwreckpolitics)

Analysis: What will it mean for the Special Relationship?

Seventy years ago Winston Churchill coined the phrase “special relationship” during a US lecture tour.

The wartime Prime Minister had been ousted from No 10 eight months earlier despite leading the UK to Second World War victory.

Today, the special relationship is in grave danger as Donald Trump’s shock triumph opened fresh questions about the historic transatlantic alliance.

 

Netanyahu congratulates ‘true friend of Israel’ Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr Trump a “true friend of the State of Israel”.
Mr Netanyahu said he believes the two leaders “will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights”.
Earlier, a key ally in Mr Netanyahu’s centre-right coalition, education minister Naftali Bennett, said Mr Tump’s victory means that “the era of a Palestinian state is over”. The Palestinians want a state in lands Israel captured in 1967.
Mr Netanyahu has said he is willing to negotiate a border deal, but has retracted offers made by his predecessors while pressing ahead with Jewish settlement expansion on war-won land.

Benjamin Netanyahu opens weekly cabinet meeting moments after he was informed about attack

Egypt claims its President was first to speak to Trump

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the first world leader to call to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory – according to his own office.
Sisi, who held a friendly meeting with Trump during a visit to New York in September, said he hoped the business magnate’s election would breathe new life into U.S.-Egyptian ties.
“The U.S. President-elect Donald Trump expressed his utmost appreciation to the president, pointing out that his was the first international call he had received to congratulate him on winning the election,” a presidency statement said.
Despite Trump’s threat to ban Muslims from entering the US many Egyptians welcomed his victory, Reuters reported.

One, 56-year-old accountant Hani Nasr, told the news agency: “We, in Egypt, love Trump not Hillary because she is an enemy of the Middle East and we were scared of her presence. Trump’s relationship with us is nice and we had hoped for him to win.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: British Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at 10 Downing Street on November 5, 2015 in London, England. The leaders will hold talks and are expected to discuss security and the Sinai plane crash, as concerns mount it could have been caused by a bomb. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Egyptian President Sisi (right) got in there first (Photo: Dan Kitwood)

“He’s not my President”

Thousands of Americans are already distancing themselves from the new President-elect, Donald Trump, on social media.

Trump was declared winner of the US election in the early hours of this morning, sparking a wave of outrage on Twitter.

Now, devastated Americans are voicing their despair with the hashtag #HesNotMyPresident.

Many have claimed they will not be aligned with a ‘misogynistic, homophobic, racist’ leader.

ALERT: Trump is awake…

The Republican has tweeted: “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before”

He’s also changed his Twitter bio to “President-elect”.

Iraq’s government responds

The Iraqi government said relations with the United States have a “solid base” and this is not expected to change after Mr Trump’s election as president.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Iraq is keen to develop its relations with the US and “boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism”.

He noted the leading US role in the current battle to push back Islamic State extremists in Iraq’s north. Last month, a US-led military coalition launched an operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from Islamic State extremists.

Merkel urges Trump to “respect the law and the dignity of man”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Trump to unite in partnership around tolerant values.

“Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views,” she said in Berlin.

“I offer the next president of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.

“The partnership with the United States is and remains a foundation of German foreign policy.”

Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit
(Photo: Getty)

Clinton currently has more votes than Trump

Votes are still being counted – and according to the New York Times, Clinton is just ahead.

She has 58,874,061 votes to Donald Trump’s 58,839,749.

The peculiarities of the US electoral system mean it’s quite possible for her to win the ‘popular vote’ even after she’s lost the electoral college.

Taliban ask Trump to take US troops out of Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban has called on US president-elect Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from their country.

“Our message is that the Americans should draft a policy not to take away the independence and sovereignty of other nations.

Most importantly they should withdraw all their troops from Afghanistan,” the Taliban said in a statement in reaction to Trump’s surprise election win.

Trump is surrounded by members of his family as he makes his speech
Even the Taliban has appealed to Trump (Photo: Getty)

Here’s an upside of the Trump victory…

Shock jock radio presenter Katie Hopkins previously vowed to move to the US if Trump wins.

Will she keep her promise?

Grieving pundit warns Trump win is a ‘whitelash against a black President’

A grieving pundit won acclaim on Twitter for his grim warning about the dark days to come under a Donald Trump victory.

Thousands watched the analysis by CNN’s Van Jones as he warned the vote was a “whitelash against a changing country”.

His analysis came as Trump stormed to victory over Hillary Clinton to become the US President-elect.

He said: “People have talked about a miracle ― I’m hearing about a nightmare.”

Video thumbnail, Van Jones' emotional monologue on Trump goes viral

You have to read the New York Times’ brutal editorial about ‘liar’ Trump

The New York Times is no friend of Trump – the billionaire condemned the paper for running allegations against him of sexual assault.

Now it has shown its anger in an excoriating editorial:

We know Mr. Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history.

We know that by words and actions, he has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people.

We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press.

We know he lies without compunction.

 

Iran wants Trump to stick to nuclear deal

US President-elect Donald Trump should stay committed to the international nuclear deal with Iran, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.
“The United States should fulfil its commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal) as a multilateral international agreement,” Zarif was quoted as saying while on a visit to Romania.

Trump claimed victory over Hillary Clinton
Yes, the words ‘Trump’ and ‘nuclear’ will be featuring in many, many news stories going forward (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey’s Erdogan hopes this will benefit Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes the US election victory of Donald Trump would lead to positive steps for the Middle East and for
basic rights and freedoms in the world.
“I hope that this choice of the American people will lead to beneficial steps being taken for the world concerning basic rights and freedoms, democracy and developments in our region.”
Erdogan was speaking in Istanbul.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has high hopes for Trump’s presidency (Photo: Getty)

Archbishop of Canterbury ‘praying for the US’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said he will pray for the United States following the “bitter campaign” which saw Donald Trump win the presidency.

The archbishop said he hoped Trump would be given “wisdom, insight and grace” as he faces the challenges that come with being in the White House.

Welby said: “As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, my continuing prayers are that the United States of America may find reconciliation after a bitter campaign, and that Trump may be given wisdom, insight and grace as he faces the tasks before him.

“Together we pray for all the people of the United States.”

Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is concerned (Photo: Reuters)

Russian Parliament ‘bursts into applause’ after Trump’s victory

The Russian Parliament burst into applause after Donald Trump’s victory was confirmed, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

It reported the chairman of the parliamentary committee on education, Vyacheslav Nikonov, told MPs Clinton had congratulated her opponent on his victory.

He is reported to have said: “Colleagues, three minutes ago Hillary Clinton admitted defeat in the US presidential election.”

Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to Mr Trump, who Mrs Clinton had condemned as a Putin “puppet”.

In the telegram Putin said the dialogue between Moscow and Washington must serve the interest of both countries.

He also said he hopes to work on international issues with the President-elect.

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: AP)

European stock markets have biggest fall since Brexit

European markets recorded their biggest falls since the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Stock markets across Europe opened lower following Donald Trump’s shock US election win, but steadied following his victory speech.

After Trump’s speech, which was considered more “presidential” than expected, markets rallied.

London is now showing a 0.8% fall, for example. However, markets remain volatile as investors get to grips with the impact on global trade of Trump’s surprising win.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
European markets have reacted negatively to the news (Photo: Getty)

Irish PM congratulates Trump; had called his comments “racist and dangerous”

Irish premier Enda Kenny has said he is confident relations between Ireland and the US will continue to prosper under Donald Trump’s leadership.

The Taoiseach vowed to work with the new administration in Washington “in the cause of international peace and security.”

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I am pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States,” he said.

“Ireland and the United States have enjoyed a very close and warm relationship for many generations and I am confident that under his leadership our bilateral relations will continue to prosper.”

Earlier this year, Kenny had described remarks by Trump during the presidential campaign as “racist and dangerous.”

In a statement following the US election result, Kenny praised defeated candidate Hillary Clinton for being “a friend to Ireland who fought such a tough campaign.”

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has not been a fan of Trump, but still offered the traditional congrats (Photo: Reuters)

Anti-Trump demonstrators set fires, break windows in California

Protests against Donald Trump have broken out in California’s Bay Area.

Demonstrators set fire to a likeness of Trump, smashed store front windows and set garbage and tires on fire in downtown Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco.

A few miles away, University of California, Berkeley students protested on campus.

A demonstration also unfolded at the University of California, Davis where students blocked streets as they marched and chanted anti-Trump slogans and “You are not America, we are America,” according to Twitter posts.

One protester in Oakland was struck by a vehicle after blocking a highway, local media reported.

A woman passes burning garbage during a demonstration in Oakland, California (Photo: Reuters)
Protestors chanted ”Not our president,” as they confronted Oakland police (Photo: Rex)
oakland protests
Some of the Oakland protestors stayed peaceful (Photo: Reuters)
Video thumbnail, Protests break out in the US after Donald Trump is elected president

Kremlin: Absurd to think Russia interfered in election

Suggestions Russia interfered in the US presidential election are absurd and a renewed dialogue is needed between Washington and Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin currently had no plans to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump or incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama.

He said Russia hoped that co-operation with United States on the Syria crisis would improve under the new US president.

Russian Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov
Russian Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov, seen here gesticulating in 2015 (Photo: Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

Internet awash with GIFs and memes as Trump wins

Since the US election result was announced and Donald Trump was named the next President of the United States, Twitter has been awash with GIFs, memes and shouty capitals.

Despite Trump winning by a comfortable margin, the main response on social media has been disbelief, despair and terror.

The world had already started mourning the ‘death’ of the USA before the result was even announced, with the hashtag ‘RIPUSA’ being widely used.

But the response to the news can mainly be summed up with this GIF of Spongebob Squarepants:

Indian PM Narendra Modi tweets congrats for Trump

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Donald Trump in a series of tweets.

Modi tweeted that “we appreciate the friendship you have articulated toward India during your campaign.”

He added that “we look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height.”

Trump had reached out to Indian-American voters at a rally in New Jersey in mid-October, praising Mr Modi and vowing to defeat terrorism while acknowledging that India had suffered terror strikes, including the deadly 2008 attacks that killed 164 people.

£5 bet on Trump, Brexit and Leicester City would see £3million payout

Within hours of Trump’s Presidential election win being announced, rumours were circulating on Twitter about bet payouts.

Many were claiming that if a Briton had placed a £5 bet back in January on Leicester City FC winning the Premier League, Britain leaving the EU and Trump becoming President, you would be in for a whopping £12.5million payout today.

In reality, the win would be much smaller – but you would still be very happy.

A spokesperson for Unibet told Mirror Online that their odds would have equated to a £3.18million payout from a £5 bet, or £12.72million from a £20 bet.

Brits will be wishing they had a crystal ball in January

Unibet worked out this payout based on the highest odds given for each eventuality – with Trump at 50/1, Brexit at 4/1 and Leicester City winning the Premier League at 2500/1 pre-season.

Greens’ Caroline Lucas: ‘devastating day for inclusive society’

Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green Party, has responded to Donald Trump being elected as president of the United States.

She said: “This is a devastating day for women, for people of colour, for disabled people and for an inclusive society in the USA.

“Trump’s election is also a hammer blow for the fight against climate change – and presents a genuine threat to some of the poorest people in the world who will suffer its effects worse.

“But this is no time to mourn – instead we must organize like never before to keep our communities cohesive and our climate safe. On this dark day we extend the hand of friendship to people in the USA who wake up in fear – we know that you are not defined by the hatred espoused by your new president. But it’s at times like this when we need to unite, learn, resist and hope more than ever before. Today, in whatever ways we can, let’s light a candle rather than curse the darkness.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Green Party MP Caroline Lucas speaks at a Diem25 event at The UCL, Institute of Education on May 28, 2016 in London, England. Left-wing politicians and thinkers were today campaigning at the DiEM25 event to stay in the European Union ahead of the EU referendum on the 23rd of June. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
It’s fair to say that Caroline Lucas is devastated (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty)

Nicola Sturgeon congratulates man she wanted to lose

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has wished Trump congratulations in a statement – but says she feels “anxiety”.

She wants him to reassure all the people he “marginalised” in his vitriolic campaign.

Days ago she broke with convention by saying she wanted Hillary Clinton to win.

“While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.

“We value our relationship with the United States and its people. The ties that bind Scotland and the US – of family, culture and business – are deep and longstanding and they will always endure.

“It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to be feel disappointment, but today, many in America and across the world, will also feel a real sense of anxiety. I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity to reach out to those who felt marginalized by his campaign and make clear – in deeds as well as words – that he will be a president for everyone in modern, multicultural America.

“Today must also be a moment for those who share progressive values – all of us who believe in tolerance and diversity – to speak up loudly and clearly for the values we hold dear.

“I also want to pay tribute to Hillary Clinton. While I am personally disappointed that she will not be America’s first woman president, her candidacy represented a major step forward for women in America and across the world – for that, as well as for her many years of public service, she is owed a deep debt of gratitude.”

 

Sturgeon in parliament today
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

No congrats for ‘divisive’ Trump from Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the first major British political figure to release a statement that DOESN’T congratulate Donald Trump.

He says in full:

“Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America.

“Trump’s election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn’t working for most people. It is one that has delivered escalating inequality and stagnating or falling living standards for the majority, both in the US and Britain.

“This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened. And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.

“But some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong.

 

Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: John Alevroyiannis / Sunday Mirror)

“I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats.

“After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.

“That alternative must be based on working together, social justice and economic renewal, rather than sowing fear and division. And the solutions we offer have to improve the lives of everyone, not pit one group of people against another.

“Americans have made their choice. The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.”

 

Who is the next First Lady, Melania Trump?

The Yugoslav-born model will become the first First Lady to be born abroad if her husband wins the US election, and follows Barack Obama into the White House.

But she appeared to follow current First Lady Michelle Obama a little too literally at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, when Melania was accused of plagiarising parts of Mrs Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

She was born in Sevnica, which is now in Slovenia but was then part of Yugoslavia. Her name was originally Melanija Knavs but she found fame as a model under the name Melania Knauss.

Who is Melania? Profile of the next First Lady

Melania Knauss, January 2000, the Slovenian girlfriend of American property tycoon and possible Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, poses for a photo on a mock-up of the Oval Office floor.
Melania Knauss, then Trump’s girlfriend, poses for a photo on a mock-up of the Oval Office floor in January 2000 (Photo: PA)

President-Elect Donald Trump’s face lights up Empire State Building

US news channel CNN is using the Empire State Building as an election.

Thanks to Trump’s victory, his face is being beamed onto the skyscraper.

Quite a sight for New Yorkers, some of whom yelled “You’re going to lose!” as Trump voted in Manhattan yesterday.

A day is now a very long time in politics.

Donald Trump on Empire state
Next US President Donald Trump projected on Empire state (Photo: Rex
Video thumbnail, Donald Trump is projected on the Empire state building

‘Liberal values were defeated last night’

Tim Farron, leader of the British Liberal Democrat party, has released a furious and excoriating statement on Donald Trump’s victory.

“Liberal values of moderation, freedom, respect for the rule of law, openness and concern for one another can no longer be taken for granted. In the United States last night, those values were defeated.

“But those values are vital if we are to live together in peace, prosperity and freedom.

“Those of us who care passionately for those liberal values need to fight for them, to win the arguments, to inspire new generations to the great and historic cause of liberalism. Never in my lifetime have those liberal values been so under threat, and never have they been more relevant and necessary.

“There is nothing inevitable about the rise of nationalism, protectionism and division, Justin Trudeau proves that. I am determined that together, we must make it our mission to build that liberal cause. The alternatives are unthinkable.”

 

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, delivers a speech on the final day of the Liberal Democrats' 2016 Autumn Conference on September 20, 2016 in Brighton, England. Farron is delivering his final speech of the conference to party members today during which he is expected to announce that one of his party's key pledges would be to raise taxes to fund shortfalls in the NHS. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said Liberal values have been defeated (Photo: Getty)

Left shell-shocked by Donald Trump US election triumph? It just MIGHT have helped your finances – for now anyway.

Former Labour leadership candidates are shocked

Former Labour leadership candidates Owen Smith and Angela Eagle are among a string of MPs expressing shock at “racist” Donald Trump’s victory.

Labour MP Owen Smith asked whether now is the “time for us to leave Europe” given “a racist in the White House.”

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted: “A devastating day. For women. For people of colour. For a tolerant society. But we must not mourn, we must organise like never before.”

Angela Eagle echoed Ms Lucas’s tone, calling for “inclusion, fairness and solidarity”, and urging people to fight against a “politics of grievance.”

Labour MP Heidi Alexander wrote: “Wish I knew how to tackle the lies & anger which are currently defining political debate. Simple answers don’t exist in a complicated world.”

Here’s what Theresa May said about Trump last year

Theresa May has congratulated America’s next President Donald Trump – less than a year after branding his policies “divisive and wrong”.

The Prime Minister said she was looking forward to working with the Republican billionaire despite his hardline policies.

Mr Trump ran on a campaign of vitriol, branding America’s first female Presidential candidate a “nasty woman”, and wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico.

“Pig’s bladder on a stick” – British MPs react

British MPs have reacted to the Trump news. They’re not happy.

Labour MP for Cardiff West Kevin Brennan called Donald Trump “a pigs bladder on a stick.”

Brexiteer and Tory MP Michael Fabricant struck a more optimistic tone, dubbing Mr Trump’s victory confirmation of a “Western Spring.”

Labour MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna shared a lengthy Facebook post calling for “respect and openness”:
“As we all wake up to the terrible news this morning, we must not give up but realise we will have to fight even harder for the values we believe in – respect, openness, and a solidarity that cuts across races, religions and classes to bring people together.
“The challenge for progressives/the Centre Left is to prove that we can make our countries ‘greater still’, not ‘great again’, in a changing world.”

 Labour politician Chuka Umunna speaks at the Federation of Small Businesses European Union Referendum Debate at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on June 13, 2016 in London, England. Mr Umunna today made the case for remaining in the European Union ahead of the June 23rd referendum.
Chuka Umunna has shared his thoughts on the shock result (Photo: Getty)

Hungarian PM: Trump’s victory shows “democracy is still alive”

Hungary’s prime minister said Mr Trump’s victory is “great news” and shows “democracy is still alive”.

Viktor Orban has been often criticised by the US, including by Mrs Clinton when she was secretary of state, for weakening the democratic system of checks and balances.

Mr Orban, who returned to power in 2010 and last year built fences on Hungary’s southern borders to stop the flow of migrants heading towards western Europe, said in July that Mr Trump’s immigration policies made him the best candidate for Hungary and Europe.

In 2014, he famously declared his intentions of turning Hungary into an “illiberal state”. His government has also been criticised by the US on issues like corruption, anti-Semitism and media freedom.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MAY 24: FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter (C) arrives with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke for the Opening Ceremony for the 62nd FIFA Congress at Budapest Congress Center on May 24, 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Viktor Orban (L) shakes the hand of FIFA’s Sepp Blatter (R) in 2012 (Photo: Alexander Hassenstein – FIFA)

Clinton-supporting Italian PM: “The Italo-American friendship is solid”

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who had openly supported Hillary Clinton, congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential elections and said Italy’s ties with the United States remained strong.
“I wish him well. The Italo-American friendship is solid,” Renzi said at the start of a speech in Rome.
Renzi was one of the few world leaders to endorse Clinton.

Italian opposition politicians were swift to condemn him on the stance, saying that by doing so, he had weakened Rome’s international standing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (Photo: Getty)

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel calls Trump a “warning”

Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has called Donald Trump’s U.S. election victory a warning for Germany and Europe, urging policy makers to listen more closely to people’s concerns.

“Trump is the pioneer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement. He is also a warning for us,” Gabriel told German newspaper group Funke Mediengruppe in an interview.

“Our country and Europe must change if we want to counter the authoritarian international movement,” Gabriel said.

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel
The German Vice Chancellor sees the shock result as a warning (Photo: Getty)

From Trump Dump to Donald Rally

Shares in London have staged a dramatic recovery this morning.

Having crashed more than 130 points – wiping £32billion off the value of Britain’s biggest firms – the FTSE 100 is barely down now.

The FTSE recovered after the the Brexit vote, but that took weeks to happen.

Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 of firms that are more UK focused was up slightly.

Prime Minister Theresa May congratulates Donald Trump

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.

“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.

“We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.

“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

Prime Minister Theresa May watches a flypast by the Indian Air Force with pupils at Stonehill Government Primary School as she arrives in Bangalore on the final day of a three-day trade mission designed to pave the way for close commercial links with the south Asian giant after Brexit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 8, 2016. See PA story POLITICS India. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Theresa May on her trade trip to India (Photo: PA)

Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son ‘looks how we all feel’

Barron Trump desperately tried to stay awake while his dad Donald Trump thanked supporters at his victory party in New York.

The youngster could be seen blinking heavily and swaying from side to side as Mr Trump delivered his message to the nation after his astonishing victory in the race for the White House.

Social media users, many of which have also pulled an all-nighter to follow the election coverage, were quick to point out that Barron summed up how we were all feeling.

Barron Trump
Barron Trump desperately tries to stay awake (Photo: Sky News)

More good news for Farage: Pro-Brexit march greenlit

Nigel Farage is having a fantastic day.

First, Donald Trump gets elected and Farage is pictured grinning away at the US Embassy in London’s party.

Now, this:

After some MPs criticised interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s call for a mass pro-Brexit march on the Supreme Court, Downing Street said people had the right to demonstrate.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “It’s very clear – there is a longstanding tradition in this country that people have been able to protest about various issues.

“What the Government is focused on is taking its case to the Supreme Court and we’re confident that we can win that case.”

Nigel Farage speaks to the media outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London
Such joy. (Photo: PA)

Bookies who paid out on Clinton stung for £5m

Bookmakers Paddy Power have been stung for £4.8m after they paid out to people who’d bet on Hillary Clinton weeks early.

The firm handed £800,000 early to customers who backed the Democrat.

Now it’s also had to pay £4million to people who backed Donald Trump.

Spokesman Lewis Davey said: “We’re in the business of making predictions and decided to put our neck on the line by paying out early on Hillary Clinton, but boy did we get it wrong.

“We’ve been well and truly thumped by Trump with his victory leaving us with the biggest political payout in the company’s history and some very, very expensive egg on our faces.”

London anti-racism rally to protest Trump planned

Anti-racist protesters are planning a demo outside the US Embassy in London following the shock election victory of Donald Trump.

Activists accused the President-elect of having a long history of “racist outbursts” as well as his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico. Sabby Dhalu, co-convener of the Stand up to Racism group, said:

“Donald Trump used the oldest trick in the book – he stirred up fear and racism in the context of a stagnant economy and the resulting fall in living standards – to mobilise a vote for him.

“The danger now is racists across the globe feel emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory and racism and sexism become normalised through the most powerful figure in the world. “We call on anti-racists and all progressives to join us tonight outside the US Embassy.”

US President-elect Donald Trump
There he is. (Photo: Getty)

What Putin said to Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory telegram to Donald Trump following his success in the US election.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in one of the most contentious elections in US history.

In a telegram to Trump, Putin said the dialogue between Moscow and Washington must serve the interest of both countries.

Putin also said he hopes to work on international issues with the President-elect.

President Barack Obama had frosty relationship with Putin, with America furious over Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Getty)

Putin congratulates Trump

Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory.

He says he hopes for joint work on Russia-US relations.

Donald Trump’s victory speech in full

Donald Trump has given a gracious but rambling speech as he claimed a shock victory in the US election.

The Republican vowed to build a country for everyone in his address to fans in New York City.

He walked on stage with his entourage, family and wife Melanie to a full orchestral score, savouring every moment.

Here’s his speech in full

(Photo: Getty)

The Simpsons predicted this…

Sixteen years before Donald Trump ‘s election as U.S President , The Simpsons predicted the tycoon would become leader of the free world.

The bizarre premier was outlined in an episode, titled Bart To The Future, broadcast in early 2000.

Here’s the full story

(Photo: The Simpsons )

Nigel Farage is delighted

Here he is, outside last night’s US Embassy party.

UKIP's Nigel Farage speaks to the media outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London
UKIP’s Nigel Farage speaks to the media outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London (Photo: PA)
UKIP's Nigel Farage stands outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London
UKIP’s Nigel Farage stands outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London (Photo: PA)
Nigel Farage speaks to the media outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London
Nigel Farage speaks to the media outside the US presidential election night party at the US Embassy in London (Photo: PA)

Donald Trump will the first US president never to have served in either the military or been elected to any other public office.

At 70, Donald Trump will also be the oldest US president. Current record holder Ronald Reagan was 69 years and 349 days old when he assumed office.

Tory MP congratulates Trump

Tory MP David Morris is optimistic about a Trump presidency.

Phillippine president congratulates Trump

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered “warm congratulations” to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, saying he looks forward to working with him to enhance relations, a Philippine minister said on Wednesday.

Duterte, who has expressed outrage almost daily with the Obama administration and threatened repeatedly to end one of Washington’s most important Asian alliances, hailed the success of U.S. democratic system and the American way of life, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

Duterte “looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-U.S. relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law,” he said.

Duterte has previously referred to the pope as a “son of a bitch” and told Barack Obama to “go to hell”.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: AFP)

Ariana Grande in tears as celebs react

Teary Ariana Grande has tweeted her disappointment as Donald Trump has been elected President of the US.

The Dangerous Woman hitmaker thinks the outlook for the country is “terrifying” as Hillary Clinton lost out to the billionaire reality star today.

Ariana posted to her 42.6million followers: “florida pls … well this is utterly terrifying … I am in tears.”

What happens now that Donald Trump has won the election?

Donald Trump is now President-Elect of the United States.

Inauguration is scheduled for Friday 20 January 2017.

On that day, ‘lame duck’ President Obama will welcome Trump as the new president, attend the inauguration, then take the traditional helicopter out of Washington.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump has won the bitterly-fought US election (Photo: FameFlynet)

Things Donald Trump did not mention in his victory speech

  • Building a wall between the US and Mexico
  • Banning Muslims from entering the US
  • Repealing Obamacare
  • Bombing the hell out of ISIS
  • Defunding planned parenthood

You can’t always get what you want

“This has been a historic event, but to be truly historic we have to do a great job. I won’t let you down.

“And hopefully after 2 years or 3 years or 4 years, maybe even 8 years, you’ll say we did a great job.

“The campaign is over but the job is just beginning.

He ends his speech by saying “this has been an amazing 2 year period, and I love this country.”

And the PA starts playing The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, which Trump frequently ended his rallies with.

Americans are calling today “the new 9/11”

Shocked Americans are taking to Twitter to express their devastation after Donald Trump’s US election win.

And the significance of the date has not gone unnoticed.

November 9 is written in the USA as 11/9 – the reverse of 9/11, the most devastating day in the country’s history.

Almost three thousand people died on September 11, 2001, when four co-ordinated terror attacks rocked the USA.

But people are comparing Trump’s election win to that tragic morning, which is a mark of how passionately some feel he should not be in the White House.

He thanks his Secret Service detail – “They’re smart and they’re sharp – and I don’t want to mess around with them, that’s for sure.”

And he gives a shout out to the NYPD – “spectacular people – sometimes unappreciated unfortunately – but we appreciate them.”

Trump has just thanked Dr Ben Carson and Fox news pundit and former republican candidate Mike Huckabee from the stage.

He’s now describing Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus as a “superstar” – despite constant reports that they don’t get on at all.

He even beckoned Preibus over to the podium to “say a few words.”

Donald Trump thanks his family for putting up “with all these hours – because this was tough. This political stuff is nasty and tough.”

He thanks the rest of his staff – “We have tremendously talented people” – before moving on to former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

He thanks his parents, “who I think are looking down on me right now. Great people. I’ve learned so much from them. I had truly great parents.”

He thanks his sisters and brother Robert, “they should all be on this stage, but…that’s OK.”

He says he has a “fantastic family” – going on to thank his wife and children, one at a time.

“We will have the greatest economy in the world – and at the same time we will get along with every nation who wants to get along with us.”

He says no dream is out of America’s reach – and only the best is good enough for his country.

“We’re going to dream of beautiful things for this country.”

In a message to the world community he says he will put American interests first, but deal fairly with everyone.

“Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.”

He says in his life in business he has seen and recognised the potential in everyone – that’s what he wants for his country.

“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels and infrastructure – which will become second to none.”

He says he’ll put millions to work to rebuild that infrastructure, and “finally take care of our great veterans.”

Donald Trump says “Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business.”

He says he’s just received a call from Secretary Clinton “she congratulated us – it’s about us – on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very hard fought campaign.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a very long time, and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her service. I mean that sincerely.”

He says it’s time to bind the wounds of division.

“I say this is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans. This is so important to me.

“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, I am reaching out for your guidance and help so we can rebuild this great country.

He says his was not a campaign, but a great movement made up of millions who want a better future for their country.

Donald Trump’s speaks at rally

Donald Trump walks to the podium with his wife Melania and his children.

He stands on the stage in New York after a landslide victory, as the 45th President Elect of the United States.

Pence: “I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace.”

He thanks his family – adding “I could not be here without them”, before expressing gratitude to the American people for giving them this “opportunity to serve.”

And he thanks Donald Trump “whose leadership will let us make America great again.”

And here comes the Donald.

Mike Pence speaks at Trump rally

Vice President elect Mike Pence has taken to the stage ahead of Donald Trump.

He says “This is a historic night. The American people have spoken and elected their new champion.”

He says it’s hard for him to express the honour he and his family will feel to serve as Vice President.

Clinton calls Trump to concede

CNN are now reporting Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump to concede the election.

And not that it matters at this point, but Mr Trump appears to have won the great state of Arizona.

That’s a former International Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Our people”

AP calls result

The Associated Press have called the election. The 45th President of the United States will be Donald Trump.

“This is terrifying”

Shocked Americans have reacted with fear to the news Donald Trump is likely to be the next President of the United States.

As the results came in and Trump opened up a sizeable lead over opponent Hillary Clinton, many took to Twitter to voice their concern.

And the word “terrifying” has never been used so much.

“Donald Trump as President is terrifying”: Shocked Americans react as Republican wins US election

CNN calls Wisconsin for Trump

CNN have called Wisconsin for Donald Trump.

On their numbers, that gives him 257 electoral votes. That’s 13 short of the Oval Office.

There are just two states left to call – Pennsylvania (20 votes) and Michigan (16 votes). Either of them would put him over the top.

Other news agencies have already called Pennsylvania, but not Wisconsin.

Alex Jones compares Trump to Luke Skywalker

Right wing website owner Alex Jones, who peddles Trump propaganda and David Icke-esque conspiracy theories to millions of readers on his page Infowars.com, has compared Trump’s apparent victory to the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars.

Presumably that makes Donald Trump Luke Skywalker.

How US election night unfolded

Donald Trump looks likely to be the next President, top projections say, after the most bitter and nasty US election in history.

Claims the poll would be rigged against him were ditched as the Republican pulled off wins in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.

Despite the nation’s vast scale, US election nights unfold dramatically fast and the winner normally emerges within hours. Voting machines help.

Here is how the night unfolded.

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New York
(Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Trump arrives at campaign HQ

Donald Trump is arriving at campaign headquarters, where he’s expected to speak to supporters.

With Clinton hinting she’s going to wait until all the votes are counted before conceding defeat, it’ll be interesting to see if he claims victory anyway.

Republicans celebrate
Republicans celebrate (Photo: REUTERS)

When would President Trump get the nuclear codes?

The worst has happened – Donald Trump looks set to be elected President of the United States.

The man who gets outraged by a tweet now has the responsibilty for authorising the use of nuclear weapons.

It’s such a frightening situation it was raised by his opponent Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Trump has vehemently denied he would recklessly launch nuclear action. But the question remains; when does he get the nuclear codes and how easy is it for him to use them?

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
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