Trump won after one of the most bitterly fought Presidential battles in modern history.

 How media outlets across the world reported Donald Trumps victoryA screenshot from New Yorker
news US Politics Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 16:20

Republican Donald Trump was on Wednesday elected the new US President, defeating forecasters who had predicted a Hillary Clinton win in one of the most bitterly fought Presidential battles.

Election results showed Trump's come-from-behind victories across a swathe of contested states, including his must-wins in Ohio, Florida and North Carolina.

The 70-year-old will be the 45th President of the US. Clinton immediately called Trump to concede defeat and congratulate him.

As the election results were coming in, most media outlets were running live pages on their websites.

The New York Times, which had earlier endorsed Clinton, called Trump's win a "Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment". 

Continuing to be critical of Trump, a report states:

Uncertainty abounds as Mr. Trump prepares to take office. His campaign featured a shape-shifting list of policy proposals, often seeming to change hour to hour. His staff was in constant turmoil, with Mr. Trump’s children serving critical campaign roles and a rotating cast of advisers alternately seeking access to Mr. Trump’s ear, losing it and, often, regaining it, depending on the day.

The Associated Press, called the victory 'astounding' and added that "Trump will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided by economic and educational opportunities, race and culture”.

The Star in its headline came down on Trump and stated that America elected an 'unthinkable president'.

Vice News reported that "Trump’s victory and the uncertainty it brings to business-as-usual was met with panic in some areas of the country — notably among the establishment in finance, politics, and media — and righteous glee among those who felt they had long been neglected and looked down upon."

The Washington Post called it a 'stunning upset' and went on to add:

With Trump’s ascension to the White House, the nationalist wave that has swept capitals around the world — including in Britain, which voted to break from the European Union this year — came crashing onto U.S. shores.

Meanwhile, the media in Europe too, was critical of Trump.

While BBC kept their headlines straight and reporting factual, The Independent stated that "Trump looks set to wield power more freely than any President in a generation" as the elections were headed to a probable Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

The Guardian, in its piece titled 'Donald Trump wins presidential election, plunging US into uncertain future', called it one of the most "improbable political victories in modern US history," as it highlighted his extreme policies and his (alleged?) racist and sexist behaviour.

Meanwhile countries like Russia saw the election result as positive, while China took a moderate stand.

"Probably the most divisive and scandalous election in American history has eroded voters' faith in the two-party system, as many voters called it a game of money, power, and influence. The nasty campaigns have also tarnished America's image abroad," an opinion piece in Xinhua News stated.

In India, there were mixed reactions.

The Indian Express in its piece titled 'Clinton concedes, Trump it is', highlighted the point that Trump threatened to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama.

The Times of India however, focused on his 'gracious' post-win speech, and said that "he hinted at healing a country bruised by a grueling and divisive campaign season."

The Hindustan Times stated that 'Trump towers over White House challenge Hillary goes downhill' before calling Trump a "political novice who capitalised on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations."

A real estate magnate and former reality TV star, Trump is the first person to win the Presidency without having previously held public office or served in the US military.

With this, Mike Pence, 57, will be his Vice President. 

Pence was a long-time member of the House of Representatives and is now the Republican governor of Indiana.

Trump's "leadership will make America great again", Pence said, at the President elect's camp headquarters.

"It is time for us to come together as one united nation," Trump said. "I pledge to every citizen that I will be the President for all Americans."

"We will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and knowing the American dream.

"The forgotten men will be forgotten no longer," he added to loud cheers and cries of "USA, USA".

 

Inputs IANS

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