Media ‘experts’ again get it wrong as Donald Trump becomes 45th US President

Trump is US president elect

Just a few minutes ago, Donald J. Trump was elected in a stunning culmination to an explosive, high-decibel and polarizing campaign. Hardly anyone in media gave him a chance before the counting began.  Almost the whole US media, barring a couple, endorsed Hillary Clinton and treated the result to be a forgone conclusion – in Hillary’s favour.

Major media houses like CNN, New York Times and their Indian clones – India Today, ABP and NDTV were unrelenting in their hate campaign against Trump.

Very few people thought he would actually run, then he did. They thought he wouldn’t climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, then he did.

Finally, they said there was no way he could compete for, let alone win, a general election.

Now he’s president-elect Trump.

Tonight, India’s super star journalist Barkha Dutt was already in Clinton HQ in New York to savour  the breaking of ‘glass ceiling’ as supporters of Hillary, the first woman to come so close to being a US President, call it. However it was not to be.

Donald Trump has stunned America and the world, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

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US President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters along with his wife and family during his election night rally. ─ ReutersThe Republican mogul defeated his Democratic rival, plunging global markets into turmoil and casting the long-standing global political order, which hinges on Washington’s leadership, into doubt. The battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset.

Democrats' reaction as the results unfolded

Democrats’ reaction as the results unfolded

Mr. Trump addresses a gathering at Trump Towers. “I congratulated Hillary for a hard fought campaign, we owe her a debt of gratitude. Time to bind the wounds, come together,” Trump told a crowd of jubilant supporters in the early hours of Wednesday in New York.

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“It’s been what they call an historic campaign,” Trump said, addressing a cheering crowd at his victory party. “But to be really historic, you have to do a great job. And I promise you that we will not let you down.”

Although he has no government experience and in recent years has spent as much time running beauty pageants and starring in reality television as he had building his property empire, Trump at 70 will be the oldest man to ever become president.