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Salena Zito: Trump's Win a Rejection of the Status Quo

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By    |   Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 09:11 AM

Donald Trump stunned the world Wednesday morning when he was elected the 45th president of the United States after a year of a fiery, populist campaigning that shook the halls of elitist institutions in America.

The surprise outcome dealt Hillary Clinton and the Democrats a stunning blow as Washington pundits watched the returns with alarm as his win became apparent.

He accepted the win at nearly 3:00 a.m. gracefully, announcing to the New York City crowd that when former Secretary of State Clinton called to congratulate him, he returned the favor and commended her and her family on a very hard-fought campaign.

"I mean she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country," Trump told his supporters.

"Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," he said stressing his seriousness.

Trump said it was very important to him to bring the country together, "I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me."

He reached out to those who did not support him, saying, "I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. As I've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family."

The real estate developer and reality television star was a tour de force in rejecting the status quo of Washington D.C. that came together over trade, foreign policy, military strength and the rejection of Obamacare.

His win was a total rejection not just of Clinton, but also of President Barack Obama's policies, and his supporters were largely dismissed by cosmopolitan society who has left them behind for years under the policies of globalization and the advancement of technology over people.

"The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," Trump told his supporters.

Trump's coattails helped keep the Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, with only Republican losing their seat in Illinois, when Sen. Mark Kirk lost to Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Trump ran the tables in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania with Michigan and Wisconsin still too close to call.

His campaigns largest successes centered on his rallies that attracted ardent support that fused together an unideological support based on economic populism that was often at odds with either party's platforms.

Clinton's loss was a bewildering end of a political period that has been a part of Democratic politics spanning 30 years. Clinton was stung once before when she lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, but this loss was permanent and served as brake-pedals to her, her husband Bill and Obama's legacy.

And despite all of the technology, machine politics and electoral advantages, the Obama progressive short lived era is over.

Wracked Clinton supporters who supposed Trump had no chance to win, nervously wandered the Pittsburgh International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall Tuesday evening as counties they thought they would win in Pennsylvania, fell to Trump.

Just one day earlier, the Clinton campaign was celebrating her candidacy with champagne her campaign plane.

Tuesday's returns were a massive rejection of the Democrats from very voters who were brought together during FDR's New Deal dealing her devastating blows in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and likely Michigan.

Some will view Clinton's loss as a rejection of the nation elevating a woman as the first female president, but the truth is the former first lady ran a listless, business like campaign that failed to inspire support.

Trump, the first president elect that has never served in government elected or appointed, nor in the military is set to take the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017.
 

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