Trumped the Odds at the Election
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Trump was elected as the 45th president in the early hours of November 9, 2016. He won 290 electoral votes when he only needed 270 to win. Trump won five battleground states which helped him gain more votes. The five battleground states were: Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Clinton went on to win 228 electoral votes out of the 270, but won the popular vote over Trump. Beforehand, many people including my parents and family members were predicting that Trump would win the popular vote then Clinton would go on to win the electoral vote, but it ended up the other way around.
Trump talked about how the electoral college was rigged in a 2012 tweet, but then tweeted how it’s a “genius” system after he won.
The morning of November 9 the Canadian Immigration Website was down because there were too many people on it. When Trump announced that he was running for President, back in June 2015, many people said jokingly that they were moving to Canada or somewhere else if he were to win.
Many memes were posted on social media about the presidential election. Some people still make playful jokes while those who heavily supported either candidate post memes that have a more serious connotation to them.
One of Trump’s first issues was to build a wall around the United States, which would intensify border control from Mexico to the U.S. Since he believes that too many illegal immigrants have entered the U.S. In addition, he wants to limit restriction on guns, replace Obamacare, have abortion be limited, lower taxes, and cut government spending.
The day after Trump was elected, there were protest that targeted Trump at Austin, Dallas, Oakland, Boston, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles. Many people are holding out signs that read “Love trumps hate” and are chanting “not our president.”
Trump gave his victory speech in New York where he congratulated Hillary Clinton for fighting a hard campaign. “[it is] time for us to come together as one united people.,” said Trump.
He promised to be a president to all Americans and the country.