After 20 months of flinging insults, creating catchy campaign slogans, and shellacking fellow politicians in debates, the 2016 election has finally ended. With the majority of electoral votes at 276, and pulling a huge upset among swing states Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, Donald Trump is the new president-elect, and will assume the role on January 20.
After speaking with opponent Hillary Clinton, who only secured 218 electoral votes, he took the stage at his campaign headquarters at 2:45 AM.
"Sorry to keep you — waiting complicated business," he said. "I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a hard fought campaign. Hillary has worked very long and very hard and we owe her a major gratitude for her service to our country," he said.
For what is most likely the first time since he began campaigning, Trump asked people to come together.
"I pledge to every citizen of our land, that i will be president for all Americans," he said. "For those who have chosen not to support me, i am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.
The crowd cheered as he spoke, and a vivacious USA chant broke out.
After thanking his loved ones and almost every one he worked with, he called his campaign a "movement" and pledged to renew the American dream. He spoke of restoring inner cities, schools, and highways. And out-of-character, promised to "deal fairly with everyone. All people and all other nations."
He stressed that though he won, the work is just beginning.
He ended with thanking Mike Pence before leaving the stage.
Though Clinton didn't give a concession speech, her campaign manager John Podesta took the stage at the Javits center in New York where her election party took place and told the crowd they'd speak more on the matter in the morning.
Clinton supporters are, in a word, devastated.