World reacts to shock election result: Donald Trump is America’s next president
DONALD Trump appears to be America’s next president. Let that sink in for a moment.
The businessman-turned-Republican nominee is sweeping to victory on Tuesday as a fragmented United States prepares to usher in a new era.
Heading in to Tuesday’s vote, Mr Trump was an outsider and Hillary Clinton was the firm favourite. Few saw the result coming but most agree it will have global repercussions.
In New York City, Trump headquarters are preparing for a victory party that will go well into the night. While the champagne flows, the rest of the world is coming to grips with the reality of Donald Trump leading the free world.
This is how the world reacted.
THE BIG NAMES
American political activist Anthony “Van” Jones unleashed on Mr Trump, calling the results a “white lash” against a black president and against a changing America.
“There’s another side to this,” he told CNN.
“People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare. It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids ‘Don’t be a bully’, you tell your kids ‘Don’t be a bigot’, you tell your kids ‘Do your homework and be prepared’.
Welcome to the #WhiteLash.
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 9, 2016
“I have Muslim friends that are texting me tonight saying ‘Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight. This was many things, this was a rebellion against the elites, but it was also something else.
“We haven’t talked about race. This was a white lash against a changing country, it was a white lash against a black president in part. That’s the part where the pain comes.”
Other high profile Americans took to social media to share their reactions.
Is this really what America wants? I can't wrap my mind around this! I still have hope.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 9, 2016
I truly cannot visualize the rambling, incoherent creature I saw at the debates now addressing the nation from the Oval Office.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 9, 2016
Dear Muslim, Mexican, immigrant, refugee, handicapped, black, gay, female humans beings, & also dear Earth…you are not forgotten. Promise
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) November 9, 2016