US Election Reporter 2
AP Insight: Voters Pick Donald Trump
Story No.: 4065139
Source: AP TELEVISION
Dateline: Washington - 9 November 2016
Date: 11/09/2016 02:01 PM
Washington DC - 9 November 2016
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Wendy Benjaminson, Associated Press:
"Real estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump was elected Tuesday as the 45th president of the United States. It was surprising victory. He channeled the anger and disaffection that many whites and men across the country felt. He promised to be their voice to channel their anger and to change the way Washington works. And now we'll see if he can do that. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, campaigned against Donald Trump, and she campaigned on her long Washington resume, and that just didn't resonate with voters. She lost key battleground states the Democrats were expected to win. Now, we'll see how a Trump administration will shape up. It's going to be a bit of a mystery to everyone. We had a really good idea of who Hillary Clinton might have picked for her cabinet, for the Supreme Court vacancy, and for her key White House staff. We really don't have any idea who Donald Trump will appoint to key positions, and it's anyone's guess how a Trump administration will look."
Donald Trump claimed his place on Wednesday as America's 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.
Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton, not declared until well after midnight, will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House. He'll govern with Congress fully under Republican control and lead a country deeply divided by his rancorous campaign against Clinton.
He faces fractures within his own party, too, given the numerous Republicans who either tepidly supported his nomination or never backed him at all.