Hillary Clinton has conceded the hard-fought presidential contest to her Republican rival Donald Trump Tuesday night after the real estate mogul, a political novice, achieved victory in a number of key battleground states and even managed to turn formerly blue states red.
Against all odds, polls and projections Donald Trump claimed victory in the presidential election, delivering a speech at the Hilton Hotel in New York City to a cheering crowd of supporters.
It was an unexpected outcome for the Republican candidate, who not only beat out a stacked GOP primary field with numerous, but also an even more formidable opponent in Hillary Clinton, who was consistently ahead of him in the polls up and in a much stronger position on the electoral map.
Not to mention, Trump has been mired in scandal and gaffe throughout the election: More than a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault after a hot mic tape revealing Trump bragging about “grabbing” women by the genitals, he has made vague insinuations connecting Obama and Clinton to terrorism groups, led a campaign built on wild inaccuracies and vague to nonexistent policy proposals and built his campaign on divisive anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, garnering even the support of white nationalists.
Despite all this however, Trump managed to strike a chord with the American people, as an unorthodox candidate without a political background, selling a call for a Southern border wall, a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and his strong opposition to trade deals