Op-ed: November 8, 2016, America decided to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA.
It is rare I watch a great deal of the U.S. election day as a British person who lives in Yorkshire.
But this election was different.
"We the people" as a group of people living in western democracies have often felt left behind and excluded as the political elite, perceived or real, mess with our lives.
Donald Trump managed to tap into that and with a little help from others including Ukip leader Nigel Farage persuaded enough American voters that:
The value of the Mexican Peso plummeted. Trump has after all vowed to build a wall between the States and Mexico and hit trade.
But now it is Pres. Trump the markets have started to accept the result.
Extreme right-wing European politician Marine le Penn has sent her congratulations to Trump and "Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter."
UK unelected PM Theresa May has just congratulated Trump saying "UK and US have enduring special relationship."
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Trump has made a conciliatory election speech.
He now faces a steep learning curve.
He is now talking of unifying a very divided USA rather than concentrating on "we are going to build a wall", "lock her up", "Donald Trump is calling on a ban on all Muslims entering the USA" and using hyperbole.
With Republicans retaining Congress the right-wing of America's centric based politics could have a clean sweep and the ability to make many changes.
But many elected Republican politicians did not support Trump so he could have some in-house battles ahead.
Pres. Obama's second-term was dogged by a Republican Congress all too often limiting his powers; this time it could be Republicans fighting a Republican President.
On social media divisions are easy to see and have meant some voters verbally attacking those who voted for outsiders such as Jill Stein for weakening Clinton's vote but hey that's democracy.
Just a few hours ago Hillary Clinton conceded and she has called Trump to congratulate him.
Aged 69 this defeat could end Mrs Clinton's presidential hopes. Trump is aged 70.
How this election result will affect the EU and more is yet one more unknown.
One thing is clear poll predictions are a waste of time, money and effort. We the people are complicated and predictably unpredictable these days.
Hail to the Chief Pres. Trump, God Bless America and heaven help us all.