2016 Election: World Reacts to Donald Trump’s Stunning Upset Victory


Welcome to Breitbart News’s live coverage of the aftermath of Election Day, 2016. Check this page for updates on president-elect Donald Trump, celebrating a shocking upset win, and the reactions from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the bipartisan political establishment, and legacy media outlets.

All times Eastern.

2:43 PM —

Heat Street’s Louise Mensch Locks Her Twitter Account: ‘Stumped by Trump’

Louise Mensch, the former Conservative MP and founder of the News Corp-owned blog Heat Street, has made her Twitter account private after Donald Trump’s upset victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.

From the beginning, Mensch has been a staunch supporter of the #NeverTrump campaign, with a Twitter bio staunchly declaring that you “Can Stump The Trump.”  Wikileaks revealed that she pitched ad campaign scripts to Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, and echoed the Democratic candidate’s attacks on Pepe the Frog. Mensch and Heat Street also showed strong support for Evan McMullin, the independent conservative candidate who tried to spoil Trump’s chances in Utah.

However, after the results had come in, Mensch began to break down. An archive of her account from around 9AM UTC shows tweets of her claiming that an “FBI coup” pushed Trump into office, even though he was a “racist, Russian spy.”

Her bio now reads “Stumped by Trump.”

Jack Hadfield is a student at the University of Warwick and a regular contributor to Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @ToryBastard_, on Gab @JH or email him at jack@yiannopoulos.net.

2:15 PM — Elizabeth Warren.

2:01 PM —

1:27 PM —

AP: Donald Trump’s Midwestern Working-Class White Voters ‘Helped Anchor Democratic Presidential Victories for a Generation’

(AP) Republican Donald Trump won the presidency fueled by a surge of working-class whites across a band of Midwestern states. Those are the kind of voters who had helped anchor Democratic presidential victories for a generation.

Trump won states such as Pennsylvania and Iowa that had twice backed Barack Obama.

Exit polls and unofficial returns reflect deep racial, gender, economic and cultural divides across the region and nationally.

Trump’s support Tuesday skewed older, more male and overwhelmingly white. His supporters said they are deeply dissatisfied with the federal government and eager for change. That’s according to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research for national media outlets.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s support was anchored in cities, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Trump’s advantages in small towns, rural areas and many suburbs.

1:07 PM —

‘Not My President’: Leftists Riot over Donald Trump’s Election Victory

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to the election of Donald Trump smashed windows and set garbage bins on fire in downtown Oakland, California early Wednesday, as protesters swarmed streets across the country in response to the election. The protests elsewhere were generally peaceful.

In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland and forced a delay for trains on two light rail lines. Media reports said the crowd grew to about 300 people, including some who sat in the middle of the road to block traffic. The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted “That’s not my president.”

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students marched through the streets, with some in the crowd calling for unity. The student-run campus newspaper, the Pitt News, tweeted about an event later Wednesday titled “Emergency Meeting: Let’s Unite to Stop President Trump.”

In Seattle, a group of about 100 protesters gathered in the Capital Hill neighborhood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.

The Oakland protest grew to about 250 people by late Tuesday evening, according to police. Officer Marco Marquez said protesters damaged five businesses, breaking windows and spraying graffiti.

Police issued a citation for a vehicle code violation, but did not make any arrests.

A woman was struck by a car and severely injured when protesters got onto a highway early Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Protesters vandalized the driver’s SUV before officers intervened. The highway was closed for about 20 minutes.

Marquez said the department is fully staffed for the possibility of another protest Wednesday evening.

Oakland is a hotbed of violent protest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Protesters briefly shut down two major freeways, vandalized police cars and looted businesses two years ago when a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson.

And nearly 80 people were arrested after a night in 2010 that saw rioters using metal bats to break store windows, setting fires and looting after a white transit police officer, Johannes Mehserle, was acquitted of murder and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the slaying of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was shot dead on a train platform the previous year.

Elsewhere in California, police said at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA, some shouting anti-Trump expletives and others chanting “Not my president!”

Smaller demonstrators were held at University of California campuses and neighborhoods in Berkeley, Irvine and Davis and at San Jose State.

12:45 PM —

12:42 PM — Egyptian president congratulates Trump. In mid-September, Breitbart News spoke with Egyptian leaders who heavily insinuated they looked forward to a Trump administration.

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12:22 PM — 2016.

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12:17 PM —

Paper: Donald Trump Is Apparent Winner of Final Michigan Vote

No one has officially called the state of Michigan yet, but a local newspaper says that the final tally shows Donald Trump prevailing over Hillary Clinton.

From the Detroit Free Press:

With seven critical Genessee County precincts now reporting results, Donald Trump appears to have won Michigan by 13,225 votes — a margin of less than three-tenths of a percent —  out of more than 4.8 million cast, according to unofficial results posted late this morning by the state.

Trump held a 12,488-vote lead over Hillary Clinton through the morning. But with all 83 Michigan counties reporting, Clinton won 2,264,361. Trump’s margin of victory was exceedingly close: He won 47.6% compared to 47.33% for Clinton, according to updated state totals updated at 11:20 a.m. today.

The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

Read the rest of the story here.

12:06 PM — Trump spokesman on Hillary’s remarks:

12:05 PM — Wikileaks not yet done with John Podesta.

12:03 PM — Video message from Bibi Netanyahu:

11:53 AM — Clinton quotes Paul’s epistle to the Galatians: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

11:52 AM —

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11:47 AM — 

11:46 AM — Clinton: “To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.”

11:45 AM — 2016.

11:44 AM — Clinton: “Donald Trump is going to be our president and we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

11:42 AM — Clinton: “I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

11:40 AM — Hillary all smiles as she takes the stage and hugs Kaine, accompanied by Bill, Chelsea, and son-in-law Marc. “Thank you all so much. Very rowdy group,” she says as room bursts into standing ovation.

11:39 AM — Kaine subtly attacks Trump: “Nobody had to worry whether she’d doubt the outcome of an election.”

11:37 AM — Kaine reciting the parable of the workers in the field, eyes visibly welling up. Says Clinton was loyal to workers who contributed to the campaign later, just as she was to those who were there from the beginning.

11:36 AM — Kaine gets a big round of applause after touting Clinton winning the popular vote. “That is an amazing accomplishment,” he says.

11:34 AM — Tim Kaine and his wife take the stage at Clinton’s first public event since conceding the race Tuesday night. “My wife Ann and I are so proud of Hillary Clinton,” he opens.

11:33 AM —

Kelly Ayotte Not Conceding New Hampshire Senate Race Yet

(AP) Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is declaring victory in the New Hampshire Senate race. But incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not conceding.

The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Unofficial results have Hassan up by fewer than 700 votes.

In a statement Hassan says: “It’s clear that we have maintained the lead and have won this race.”

But Ayotte issued her own statement saying: “We look forward to results being announced by the secretary of state, and ensuring that every vote is counted in this race that has received an historic level of interest.”

New Hampshire is the only Senate race where a winner has not yet been declared. Regardless of which way it goes, Republicans will retain control of the Senate. Either party could request a recount.

11:23 AM — Ryan: Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. “With a unified Republican government, we can fix this.”

11:21 AM — Ryan: Trump heard the voices in America that others didn’t, says he has a “mandate.”

11:18 AM — Paul Ryan congratulates Trump and says that his “coattails” boosted Republicans in down-ballot races, says Trump’s speech set the “perfect tone” for country to move forward.

10:41 AM — Hillary Clinton is late for a 10:30 speech she announced this morning.

10:41 AM —

Vox: ‘Media Obsession with a Bulls**t Email Scandal’ Helped Donald Trump Win

Matt Yglesias of Vox works out his feelings Wednesday morning after the American public voted to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for exposing the nation’s secrets to amateur hackers — rebuking the FBI’s contorted rationale not to prosecute her lawbreaking.

From Vox:

The media’s coverage of the 2016 race didn’t win the election for Donald Trump, but it didn’t help.

Back in September, Gallup presented the findings of an important research project that, in retrospect, ought to have prompted a lot more soul searching among members of the press. What they did was, over an extended period of time, survey people and ask them what they were hearing about the two candidates.

The answer is that with regard to Hillary Clinton, they heard a lot about email. With regard to Trump, they heard about nothing in particular.

Read the rest of the tantrum here.

10:24 AM —

Obama Congratulates Donald Trump, Invites to White House Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conceding his party’s staggering electoral defeat, President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited President-elect Donald Trump to meet with him to discuss the handover of power from his administration to Trump’s.

The White House said Obama called the Republican in the early hours of the morning to congratulate him on his victory in the presidential campaign, which marked a forceful rebuke by voters to Obama’s eight years in office. The two leaders planned to meet Thursday at the White House, where Obama was to update Trump about ongoing planning for the transition.

Obama was to offer his first reaction to the election later Wednesday in a televised statement that the White House said would focus on “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season.”

“Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the president-elect is the next step,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

For Obama, the act of holding the meeting is a humbling blow to his legacy and to his hopes for leaving a lasting imprint on the nation’s policies. Trump has vowed to rip up much of what Obama accomplished, including his signature health care law, the Iran nuclear deal and a painstakingly negotiated trade deal with Asia.

Obama also called Hillary Clinton after it became clear she’d lost the race. The White House said Obama had “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country.”

It was unclear how substantive Obama’s call was with Trump, or how long it lasted, although the White House noted that Obama placed the call from his residence in the White House, rather than from the West Wing.

Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, described it as a “warm conversation” and a “gracious exchange.” She said Trump had missed the president’s original call as Trump was speaking to supporters in New York, then called him back after leaving the stage.

Like Clinton and other Democrats, Obama didn’t appear to see Trump’s victory coming. As he campaigned vigorously for Clinton in the race’s final days, Obama said he was confident that if Americans showed up to vote, they’d choose against electing the billionaire former reality TV star with no formal government experience.

He had also warned supporters in apocalyptic terms that “the fate of the republic” rested on Clinton defeating Trump on Election Day.

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