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How the world reacted to President Elect Donald Trump’s 2016 victory

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It’s official; America has voted for their 45th President – and it’s Donald Trump.

He beat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton (who would have been the first woman to become US President had she won), after campaigning to “Make America Great Again”.



This slogan – slammed as being racist and exclusive by many of Trump’s critics – helped to encapsulate his vow to bring back jobs that had gone overseas, tighten border controls, build a wall along the US-Mexico border and suspend the immigration of Muslims to the US.

As such, he has earned himself the nickname of President Brexit.

His presidential campaign was one of the most controversial in recent history, as he was hit by claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards women and girls.

The New York Times published an article  in which two women accused the Republican of forcibly groping or kissing them, while footage has been released of the businessman making inappropriate remarks about a girl believed to be around 10 years old.

A tape was also leaked of Trump in which he was heard boasting in 2005 of how his fame allowed him to "grab women by the pussy". He apologised but dismissed the claims as "locker room banter" during Sunday's presidential debate with Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.



Trump was also the first candidate to break with the senior leadership of his own party, frequently engaging in battles with figures such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and the 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

As such, the results of the US presidential election took a lot of people by surprise.

It wasn’t long before Twitter was flooded with reactions from raw, emotionally numb Democrat voters – with many questioning exactly how the “pussy-grabbing” candidate had managed to sway so many people to vote for him.

Cher wrote: “[The] world will never be the same. I feel sad for the young.”

Using a symbol of a toilet to represent Trump, she continued: “[Trump] will never be more than the toilet I’ve used as a symbol for Him. You can’t polish [a turd].”

Actor Connie Britton, trying to find some humour in the situation, added: “We are staring into the face of our darkest self, America. Why does it have to have a dyed combover?”

Harry Potter author JK Rowling said: “We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don't let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line.”

James Corden added: “Brexit feelings.”

“Listening to my babies singing away to each other on the baby monitor, the world is a darker place than the one they went to sleep in. Sad,” added Smile singer Lily Allen.

Actor Jessica Chastain, who has been very open about her preference for Hillary Clinton throughout the election, tweeted: “The positive element from all this is that we can no longer pretend that we are free of racism & sexism. The question is, what do we do now?”

“In my ears there’s just roaring,” added Lorde.

Meanwhile Lady Gaga, who turned her own Twitter account into an unofficial #VoteHillary campaign page, said: “Say a prayer, America.”

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote: “I'm taking tonight to grieve for minorities, women, immigrants, muslims & the LGBTQ community but tomorrow I'm waking up ready to fight.”

Bongani S Dhlamini said: “#Trump didn't win. Racism won. Sexism won. Hate won. Lack of education won.”

Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, meanwhile, insisted that now was not the time to move to Canada – but to stay in the USA and work harder than ever to make it a more liberal place for all.

“F*ck that,” he wrote. “I love this country and there’s more work to do than ever.

“No offense, Canada.”

Kristen Bell called for unity in this divisive time. “No matter who wins — my offer still stands — can we please all be friends again in the morning,” she wrote, followed by the hashtag #TEAMHUMAN.

Brooke Burke-Charvet echoed Bell’s sentiments.

“When I'm scared I just pray. Whatever happens tonight, we will face a deeply divided nation that may take a long time to heal,” she wrote.

And Joshua Malina said what everyone was already thinking.

“Right now I envision Donald Trump googling ‘What does the U.S. President do?’”

Well, considering the words ‘what does Brexit mean?’ was the most searched question after our own referendum result earlier this year, that doesn’t seem too unlikely at this point.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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