The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results have officially been released, and Donald Trump has been named the 45th President of the United States of America.
According to official polls for the 2016 National Elections, Republican nominee Donald Trump beat Democratic Hillary Clinton 276 to 218, taking 48 percent of the total number of voters in the U.S.
The American businessman-turned-politician rallied support from Florida and Pennsylvania which have 29 and 20 electoral votes respectively and convinced 49 percent of the voters in those states that he can “make America great again.”
He also earned trust from more than half of the total number of voters in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming with his controversial and highly publicized campaign.
While Trump indeed became more popular than ever when he decided to run, the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections results came as a surprise considering the amount of bad publicity Trump garnered during his campaign.
In fact, the New York Times described this year’s presidential polls as “a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist, and polarizing campaign.”
According to the outlet, Trump was far from what experts expected to be elected as the new president of the most powerful country in the world considering that he had no government experience.
Aside from that, the 70-year-old businessman had some powerful rejecting forces rallying against him because of his blunt opinion from social and national issues ranging from immigration to trade.
Social media users have also expressed their surprise at the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results through Twitter where #PresidentTrump is the top trending topic in the microblogging platform as of the writing of this article.
One even likened the presidential polls to one of America’s most catastrophic terrorist attacks in history.
Another recalled what Trump said back in 1998 when he first talked about running for presidency.
Those who are not convinced that the United States of America made the right choice by electing Trump expressed their regret and anger that the new U.S. president if filled with prejudice and hate for minorities.
Of course, there are still many who are pleasantly surprised by the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results.
After Clinton admitted her defeat, Trump told his supporters in New York that it is time for America to unite in order to heal the country and make it great again, as his campaign slogan reiterated for the past couple of months.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”
At the time, Trump offered uncharacteristically kind words to his Democratic rival, saying that the country owed “a major debt of gratitude for her service.” Trump previously suggested that Clinton should be incarcerated.
While the new president of the United States is celebrating his victory, Wall Street is panicking as shown by dropping stocks per a report from CNN Money.
According to the report, S&P 500, Dow Jones industrial average, and Nasdaq have all suffered about two to three percent decline since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results were released.
Apparently, investors are worried about Trump’s unpredictability as well as his anti-trade stance that would likely cause chaos in the global market.
However, some are still hoping that Trump will be better now that he already won the competition which might be signaled by his first speech after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results were posted.
“The first speech by President-elect Trump has had a calming effect on the markets,” explained London-based City Index research director Kathleen Brooks.
“Trump definitely sounded more presidential than he has done at any stage during the election campaign.”
Aside from Wall Street, Mexican peso also reacted drastically to Trump’s proclamation as the new president, dropping by as much as 11 percent, an all-time low for the currency.
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