After hours of nail-biting, tense moments, news of Donald J. Trump winning the US presidential election finally came.
Trump will be the 45th American president, having won 28 states, including Iowa which has not elected a Republican candidate since 2004.
America, meet your new president: Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/Ug2ec6gCX0— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 9, 2016
The former reality TV star and real estate tycoon was heavily criticised and mocked when he announced his candidacy last year. After months of controversial campaigning that was filled with unpopular comments about women, Muslims, immigration policies, Trump beat Hillary to take the White House.
BBC mentioned that Trump rode on the sentiments of white, working-class Americans that were unhappy with the establishment that many view as corrupt.
The 70-year-old president's anti-establishment campaign under the promise to "Make America Great Again" warned Americans about the future of their country by mainly talking about the economy and prioritising Americans.
"I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility. Partnership, not conflict," said Trump in his victory speech.
Everyone’s talking about his victory, including Malaysians who expressed their thoughts about America’s newly elected president:
Popular comedian Dr Jason Leong thinks that the election of Trump as the president of the free world is dangerous to the minorities
Meanwhile, the Malaysian woman who became viral after writing an open letter to PM Najib Razak about the recent price hikes, thinks that both Hillary and Trump are terrible candidates
Taking a different stand, prominent lawyer and native rights activist, Siti Kasim is under the opinion that Trump is just someone who doesn't mince his words and is not afraid to break the taboos
Marina Mahathir, on the hand, is not too happy with the election results. She commented about how the Trump’s HQ is filled with white males.
Scenes of Trump HQ show only men..white men…#USElections2016— Marina Mahathir (@netraKL) November 9, 2016
CNN says Clinton has called Trump to concede. It’s over.— Marina Mahathir (@netraKL) November 9, 2016
Trump is making a very un-Trumplike victory speech. Who wrote it?— Marina Mahathir (@netraKL) November 9, 2016
Former editor of The Malaysian Insider, Jahabar Sadiq pointed out that on this same date last year, Myanmar elected Aung San Suu Kyi as the Burmese state counsellor
US-based Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, said that we have a long way to go in terms of promoting love and equality
Responding to Trump's new standing as the US president, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak sent his congratulations.
"I congratulate him on this extraordinary victory."
However, a large number of Americans have expressed their greatest disappointment over Trump's win
Our First Black President will have to greet, and give up the White House & the presidency to a Man endorsed by the KKK.— Mikey Walsh (@thatbloodyMikey) November 9, 2016
One Twitter user pointed out the stark difference between the last American president and Trump
How do we go from our first black president to a president endorsed by the KKK? How?— Rob Fee (@robfee) November 9, 2016
The Independent's reporter Shehab Khan thinks that Trump's win should serve as a reminder for mainstream politicians to buck up
Trump and Brexit are both warnings - mainstream politics needs to get its act together before the politics of hate takes over for good— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) November 9, 2016
The Twitter hashtag #HesNotMyPresident is also trending...
I refuse to support racism, sexism, homophobia, and the general blatant bigotry on which his campaign ran #HesNotMyPresident— Kristen Buckholt (@KristenBuckholt) November 9, 2016