Trump turns America red, becomes POTUS

Aparna Parekh
US President elect Donald Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence.

US President-elect Donald Trump and US Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Republican Donald Trump has been elected by the people of America to become the country’s 45th President. The map of USA has been painted red in the Republican colour.

The real estate business tycoon who had a very controversial run up to the elections, crossed the 270 figure comfortably to secure 290 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 228.

To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.

What worked for Trump is the fact that he managed to clinch the crucial battleground states of Florida (29 electoral college votes), Ohio (18) and North Carolina(15). Trump also lapped up the big states of Texas (38), Pennsylvania (20) and Georgia (16).

Clinton only managed to grab the traditional Democratic strongholds of California (55), Virginia (13) and New York (29) among others.

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What began as a neck and neck race has clearly gone the Trump way. For someone who joined politics just 18 months ago, it is an incredible and historic win.

Trump’s win rested on the solid support among a core base of white non-college educated workers with his promise to be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created”.

Trump’s hardline stand on tackling terrorism, immigration and protecting domestic jobs was part of his core rhetoric. On the other side, the email controversy hounded the former First Lady and Secretary of State throughout the race.

As the states turned red, Clinton called Trump to concede her loss.

In his victory speech, Trump began by humbly thanking Clinton for her work she put in her for the country.

“A major debt of gratitude for what she’s done,” said Trump thanking Clinton.

He sought to “bind the wounds of division” after a bitter and divisive campaign, Trump pledged to be the President for all Americans and asked Republicans, Democrats and independents across the country to come together as one united people.

“Ours was not a campaign but a great movement…While the campaign is over, our work on the movement is just beginning,” he added.

Spelling out his economic plans, Trump said, “We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time. We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.”

Trump then went on to say how he plans to “serve” the people.

“We will rebuild the nation and renew the American Dream…the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump said to a loud applause.

He finally ended his speech with the classic “I love this country” line.

All in all, both 9/11 and 11/9 are now etched in American history.