Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States in a groundbreaking election after Hillary Clinton conceded at 2:40 a.m. Not only has a non-politician won the White House, but he also beat the first female nominee.
Trump is the fifth non-politician to be elected president in U.S. history.
The first was Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., who was a major general in the U.S. Army. Then there was Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the U.S., who was a general of the Union Army during the Civil War. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president, was the third U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, was a five-star general during World War II.
Trump has never held any form of public office, making him different from any president to ever be elected, and he has a background solely in business and reality television.
Trump is a unique president due not only to his lack of experience, but also the rare campaign strategy he used to sway 48 percent of American voters. Unlike prior nominees, a large portion of the Republican Party did not back Trump. His controversial language isolated many Republican politicians, but failed to discourage voters.
Many Trump supporters said the appeal of the candidate was the fact he was not a politician. They claim to want someone who can stir things up.
Many also touted his background as a businessman as a major factor that decided their vote. According to Forbes his net worth is approximately $3.7 billion, which many believe will bode well for the U.S. economy.
A Trump presidency will more than likely include a tightening on immigration — Trump has vowed to build a wall along the Mexican-American border — an increase in military spending and an uncompromising foreign policy.
Whether the soon-to-be leader will be able to successfully accomplish his goals will be highly dependent on the House and Senate. If the rest of the government supports him, there could be major changes to our policies.
Trump said on the campaign trail, he plans to close the borders to not only immigrants, but also refugees. At a rally in Keene, New Hampshire, Trump told those in attendance he’d send those refugees currently in our country “back” as part of a mass migration out of the U.S.
Voters will also be watching his Supreme Court nominee after the Senate failed to consider Obama’s nominee for the replacement of Antonin Scalia’s seat. Trump says he has multiple nominees in mind for the seat and will more than likely submit a nomination immediately following his inauguration on Jan. 20.
The same attention will be lent toward whom Trump chooses for his key cabinet and White House staff posts.
The Dow Jones futures plunged 750 points as Trump took key battleground states. Many are comparing the drop to the economic crisis faced by the U.K. following Brexit. Pew Research Center found 84 percent of registered voters said the economy was an important issue in deciding who they would vote for in this election in a survey taken in July. This was 3 percent down from the same study in 2008.