It Happened, Now What? Donald Trump Elected the 45th President of the United States

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.

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The controversial Republican candidate, who centered his campaign on xenophobic attacks against Latinxs, sexist rhetoric and Islamophobic proposals, beat competitor Hillary Clinton by a nearly 80 thousand point lead in a presidential election that will undoubtedly be talked about for generations to come.

“This is a historic night. The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion,” vice president-elect Mike Pence said.

He's right; the victory is historic. It’s the first time in decades that an anti-establishment candidate won the White House, and the first for a reality TV star to become our nation’s head of state. The real estate mogul won battleground states Florida and Ohio, and he turned typical Democratic states Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin red.

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But the win is also unforgettable because it’s the moment that marks Trump’s success at making America hate again. In 2016, Americans went to the polls to support mass deportation that rips families apart, to give a sexual predator the most powerful position in all the land and to block Muslims entry into the U.S. Trump’s election is momentous because it revealed that the U.S. is not the exceptional country it claims to be but rather one that remains as racist and sexist as the days it was established.

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor atLatina.com and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.

 

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