Source: News Bharati English09 Nov 2016 14:49:13
Washington, Nov 9: Donald John Trump, a fan of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Hindus, was Wednesday elected the 45th President of the United States of America (USA) in a neck-and-neck contest with his democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new US President Donald Trump on his spectacular victory. In a message to the new President, Prime Minister Modi said:
“Congratulations Donald Trump on being elected as the 45th US President. We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign. We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height”.
The triumph of Trump was against all odds, polls, and projections of the media and poll observers. Trump shared his victory feeling with the cheering crowd of his supporters at Hilton Hotel in New York City on Tuesday.
The new President will assume the charge at the Oval Office on January 20, 2017. In his victory, the US got a non-political President after a gap of 63 years!
Trump’s triumph came as a surprise to many a poll observer because Hillary Clinton was a formidable challenge to this Republican candidate, who had no experience of politics. But Trump showed his magnanimity when he said that the election was over and he is now the President of all Americans.
Clinton was always ahead of Trump in the primaries and was placed in a much stronger position on the electoral map of the US.
The US campaign has seen such a low standards this time that the rival candidates have hurled personal abuses and expletives at each other. Trump shared the maximum burden of such slang campaigning. More than a dozen women accused him of sexual assault; he has made vague insinuations connecting President Obama and Clinton to terrorist groups; he led a campaign built on wild inaccuracies and vague to nonexistent policy proposals; and he built his campaign on divisive anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, garnering even the support of white nationalists.
Despite all such defaming propaganda, Trump managed to strike a chord with the American people as an unorthodox candidate minus a political background, his anti-Muslim immigrant stance, and his strong opposition to trade deals.
His rival Hillary Clinton, however, kept a modest but persistent edge, at times sending signals of her possible victory throughout the country and the world where people were watching the election results glued to their television sets.
The defeat of Hillary Clinton, a politically experienced lady, over Donald Trump, 70, is seen as a powerful rejection of establishment forces that were bent on defeating him, from the business to government.
According to the New York Times, the results amounted to repudiation, not only of Clinton but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism.
In Trump, a thrice-married Manhattanite who lives in a marble-wrapped three-story penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue, they found an improbable champion.
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump told supporters around 3 a.m. on Wednesday at a rally in New York City, just after Hillary Clinton called to concede.
In a departure from a blistering campaign in which he repeatedly stoked division, Donald Trump sought to do something he had conspicuously avoided as a candidate: Appeal for unity. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.” That, he added, “is so important to me.”
He offered unusually warm words for Mrs. Clinton, who he has suggested should be in jail, saying she was owed “a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
The Republicans retained the control of the Senate with many Republican Senators easily winning the elections from their respective states.
For Hillary Clinton, The New York Times commented, the defeat signaled an astonishing end to a political dynasty that has colored Democratic politics for a generation. Eight years after losing to President Obama in the Democratic primary — and 16 years after leaving the White House for the United States Senate, as President Bill Clinton exited office — she had seemed positioned to carry on two legacies: her husband’s and the presidents'.
Her shocking loss was a devastating turn for the sprawling world of Clinton aides and strategists who believed they had built an electoral machine that would swamp Trump’s ragtag band of loyal operatives and family members, many of whom had no experience running a national campaign.
Hillary’s loss was especially crushing to millions of her supporters who had cheered her march toward history as, they hoped, the nation’s first female president. For supporters, the election often felt like a referendum on gender progress: an opportunity to elevate a woman to the nation’s top job and to repudiate a man whose remarkably boorish behavior toward women had assumed center stage during much of the campaign.
From Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, industrial towns once full of union voters who for decades offered their votes to Democratic presidential candidates, even in the party’s lean years, shifted to Trump’s Republican Party. One county in the Mahoning Valley of Ohio, Trumbull, went to Trump by a six-point margin. Four years ago, Obama won there by 22 points.