New York City real estate businessman and former reality television host Donald J. Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has phone-called Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.
The result was unexpected by many pundits and pollsters as Trump faced repeated accusations of past sexual harassment and assault after an audio recording emerged of Trump engaged in what he later called “locker room talk” with television host Billy Bush. Trump’s popularity suffered uniformly in the polls immediately after the recording was released.
However, Clinton too faced an October surprise of her own when FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would be looking into additional emails pertaining to Clinton which came to light as the result of an investigation into disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, the ex-husband of Clinton campaign Vice Chairwoman, Huma Abedin.
2016’s Presidential election has been among the most contentious in recent history with an electorate and country seemingly more divided than it has been in decades. Soon-to-be President Trump who has promised to lower income tax rates to 15%, re-negotiate or nullify trade agreements and terms with nations such as Mexico and China, as well as building a wall of some kind along the Mexican border will face an uphill battle in implementing his legislative agenda.
Perhaps owning to these agenda items, President-elect Trump managed to pick off the blue collar states of Wisconsin and Michigan.
President-elect Trump will be sworn in on January 20th, 2017.