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Donald J. Trump giving his victory speech in New York on Wednesday morning.Damon Winter/The New York Times Trump Is Elected President in a Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment By MATT FLEGENHEIMER AND MICHAEL BARBARO Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a startling culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy. The surprise outcome, defying late polls that had shown Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the United States and across the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold. The triumph for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a powerful rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government, and of the consensus they had forged on everything from trade to immigration. The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped from their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism. In Mr. Trump, a thrice-married Manhattanite who lives in a marble-wrapped three-story penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue, they found an improbable champion. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Mr. Trump told supporters around 3 a.m. at a rally in New York City, just after Mrs. Clinton called to concede. Mr. Trump’s win — stretching across the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania — seemed likely to set off financial jitters and immediate unease among international allies, many of which were startled when Mr. Trump, in his campaign, cast doubt on the necessity of America’s military commitments abroad and its allegiance to international economic partnerships. From the moment he entered the campaign, with a shocking set of claims that Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals, Mr. Trump was widely underestimated as a candidate, first by his opponents for the Republican nomination and later by Mrs. Clinton, his Democratic rival. He suggested remedies that raised questions of constitutionality, like a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He threatened opponents, promising lawsuits against news organizations that covered him critically and women who accused him of sexual assault. At times, he simply lied. But Mr. Trump’s unfiltered rallies and unshakable self-regard attracted a zealous following, fusing unsubtle identity politics with an economic populism that often defied party doctrine. His rallies — furious, entertaining, heavy on name-calling and nationalist overtones — became the nexus of a political movement, with daily promises of sweeping victory. He seemed to embody the success and grandeur that so many of his followers felt was missing from their own lives — and from the country itself. He is set to take the oath of office on Jan. 20.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Man in the News Donald Trump Rode to Power in the Role of the Common Man By ALEXANDER BURNSOften met with scoffing disdain from wealthy elites and from mainstream civic leaders, Mr. Trump delivered perhaps the greatest shock to the American political system in modern times.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
News AnalysisDonald Trump’s Victory Promises to Upend the International Order
By PETER BAKER
For the first time since World War II, Americans chose a president who pledged to reverse the internationalism practiced by both main parties.
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
News Media Yet Again Misreads America’s Complex Pulse
By JIM RUTENBERG
Not for the first time this year, those analyzing the election missed what was happening all around them — and it was the story of a lifetime.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
Donald Trump Won. Now What?
By ALEXANDER BURNS
After his election, Mr. Trump faces the hard work of assembling an administration and seeking broad political acceptance in a way he never did as a candidate.