Donald J. Trump rode a national fury against the political status quo all the way to the White House, winning the election Tuesday to become the 45th president of the United States.
In an implausible triumph after breaking seemingly every rule of presidential campaigning, the often-crude, often-demagogic ex-reality show star defeated nemesis Hillary Clinton to become commander-in-chief — and thwart the Democrat’s second shot at the White House.
In his acceptance speech, the next president promised a bright future that is at odds with the fear and division he rode to the White House.
“I pledge to every citizen in our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me,” Trump told a wild pack of supporters at Manhattan’s Hilton Hotel.
Donald Trump shatters the political establishment
He insisted he would work with Americans of all backgrounds on “the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.”
Trump said Clinton called him to concede, and he commended his opponent on her service to America.
But Clinton never spoke to supporters. As Trump took the electoral lead, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta offered false hope to defeated supporters at the Jacob Javits Center.
“They’re still voting and every vote should count,” Podesta said as the polls burst in Trump’s favor.
Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States