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.”

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2:15 PM — Elizabeth Warren.

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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.

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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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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.”

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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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FURY AS COLORADO HAS NO PRIMARY OR CAUCUS; CRUZ CELEBRATES VOTERLESS VICTORY

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump erupted on Fox & Friends Monday morning after a weekend that saw Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sweep all of Colorado’s 34 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.

“I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system,” Trump said, during the Fox News broadcast. “There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything. There’s no voting.”

His comments came after Cruz won the remaining 13 delegates at the weekend’s convention, bringing his total for the state to 34, an outcome he described as unfair and just shy of illegal.

“They offer them trips — they offer them all sorts of things, and you’re allowed to do that,” Trump said, of the method by which some woo delegates. “I mean, you’re allowed to offer trips, and you can buy all these votes. What kind of a system is this? Now, I’m an outsider, and I came into the system and I’m winning the votes by millions of votes. But the system is rigged. It’s crooked.”

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The televised remarks followed  a weekend of tweets expressing similarly critical views.

“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger – totally unfair!” wrote Trump, in one Twitter post.

He followed it up with a second tweet: “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”

It was last August when officials with the Republican Party in Colorado decided they would not let voters take part in the early nomination process.

The Denver Post reported Aug. 25: “The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote.”

“It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season, Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman, told the paper.

The ‘Stop Hillary’ campaign is on fire! Join the surging response to this theme: ‘Clinton for prosecution, not president’

In late February, just before Super Tuesday, the Post published a scathing editorial, saying the party blundered on the 2016 presidential caucus:

“GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus.

“Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.”

One self-avowed Trump supporter took to YouTube on Sunday to express his displeasure with the process and burned his Republican registration on camera. Watch the video:

“Republican Party, take note. I think you’re gonna see a whole lot more of these,” he said as he ignited his registration.

“I’ve been in the Republican Party all my life, but I will never be a Republican ever again. … You’ve had it. You’re done. You’re toast. Because I quit the party. I’m voting for Trump, and to hell with the Republican Party.”

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The popular Drudge Report news site splashed a headline in red Sunday evening that stated, “Cruz celebrates voterless victory.”

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The delegate selection process in Colorado is complicated.

The Cortez Journal reported: “Cruz had 17 bound delegates ahead of the Republican state convention. Another four delegates are unpledged but publicly expressed support for the candidate, who hopes to curb momentum seen by front-runner Donald Trump.

“Cruz declared victory in Colorado, pointing out that he won all 21 delegates from the state’s seven congressional assemblies. Another 13 delegates were awarded at the state convention on Saturday. An additional three delegates in Colorado’s 37-member national delegation are unpledged party leaders.”

Cruz himself noted on Saturday: “This has been a remarkable year. I will say this, it hasn’t been boring.”

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No Primary, No Caucus: Cruz Gets All Colorado Delegates

No voters needed

Moments after announcing that Ted Cruz had swept all 34 delegate slots at the Colorado GOP convention Saturday, the state party tweeted: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”

Within minutes, the tweet had been deleted.

Steve House, the Colorado GOP chairman, insisted his staff had nothing to do with the tweet and is now investigating.

“There’s no way we tweeted that,” House said, although he acknowledged that the state party was responsible for deleting it.

Even though it only existed in the ether of cyberspace for a few minutes, the optics of such a tweet coming from the neutral arbiter of Saturday’s delegate selection process amidst a hard-fought trench war between Cruz and Donald Trump to secure the Republican presidential nomination rankled a number of Colorado Republicans.

Several local GOP operatives were quick to suggest that the tweet, which was quickly deleted, was the work of the two young Republican operatives at D/CO, a newly formed Republican consulting firm that caters on outreach to Millennials. Caleb Bonham and Kyle Forti, who formed D/CO in December, just took over a number of clients from another local firm, Avinova, which used to assist the Colorado GOP with social media.

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Election Commission Dems Want Power to Regulate Conservative Media

Former Republican chairman charged his Democratic replacement with playing politics and trying to belittle foes to get her way
Election Commission Dems Want Power to Regulate Conservative Media

by Paul Bedard | Washington Examiner | May 11, 2015


Bristling at claims that GOP opposition has made the Federal Election Commission “worse than dysfunctional” in the eyes of the Democratic chairwoman, Republicans counter-charge that the left is frustrated because it hasn’t succeeded in regulating conservative Internet sites, media and right-leaning super PACs.

In an escalating fight on the politically-divided FEC, the former Republican chairman on Monday charged his Democratic replacement with playing politics and trying to belittle foes to get her way.

“In Washington, people have a way of vilifying anything they disagree with in the most unflattering labels,” wrote Republican Commissioner Lee E. Goodman in a column for Politico. It was in response to claims by Democratic Chair Ann Ravel that the GOP is thwarting her bid to clean up politics.

“Commissioner Ravel believes that there are too many instances where the commissioners have evenly divided their votes, and that the bipartisan safeguards that prevent one party from politicizing or misusing the agency to punish political enemies stand in the way of meaningful enforcement,” wrote Goodman.

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