Trump Takes the Win
Many Americans woke up this morning to a harrowing truth - Donald Trump is now set to become the 45th president of the United States. Clinton conceded the race around roughly 2 a.m., and did not address her supporters. Rather, one of her campaign personnel came on stage at her Election Night party and instructed voters to go home. Trump was able to take away key states, causing many to admit they underestimated him. Look on any social media outlet and you’ll see scores of U.S. citizens gawking at the outcome. From those saying they'll never support him, to those who are completely and utterly shocked and those who are blaming a Trump win on third-party voters, most are not happy regarding the situation, with demonstrations already occurring on the West Coast. It’s quite possible that the close polls shown during the upcoming week did not include rural populations who planned to vote for Trump, as well as those who are not active on social media, leading to a surprising win.
Now, the country can only watch and wait to see what will happen in the upcoming days, and what exactly is in store for the country. World leaders are coming together to congratulate Trump, as well as promise to continue their relationships with the country. Obama plants to meet with Trump tomorrow.
Already, things are looking down in regards to global markets, in anticipation of Trump changes. Dow futures are plummeting as much as 800 points or more. Stock indexes in Asia are deep in the red, with Japan’s Nikkei falling 5 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling 3 percent. The new risk of extreme uncertainty, brought on by Trump’s reputation as a wild card, is causing investors to make rash decisions. News sources say stock futures began to fall rapidly after 9 p.m. EST, after it was quite clear that Trump was going to win key battleground states.
Another economy significantly impacted by Trump’s win? Mexico’s. The peso has dipped down to a never-before-seen low, plunging 10 percent. A Trump presidency threatens free trade with Mexico, as well as tax money sent back to the country by U.S. migrants. This change could force Mexico banking corporations to raise interest rates, as well as intervene in forex markets. Some analysts have even gone so far to say that U.S. politics have not had such a huge impact on Mexico since the United States “took half of Mexico’s territory.”
To the north of the U.S. border, the Canadian immigration website slowed to a stop, as the site became overran with Americans looking to immigrate in the face of a Trump win. The site has been repeatedly crashing.
In Russia, the 24-hour, state-ran news channel is giving viewers an entirely different look at the American election. Viewers see slide shows featuring strong language, quotes from Trump, nude photos of Melania, photos of Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton and a guitar solo. News show hosts are saying that the campaign is the dirtiest in the history of the United States. Russian public figures are also saying that America is no longer a democracy, and that both Clinton and Trump are puppets of “dark forces.”
In other election news, one individual was killed and two were wounded when someone opened fire on a residential area in California near a polling place. A standoff ensued between police and the gunman, who was armed with a military-style rifle. After several hours, the gunman was killed, either by police fire or a self-inflicted wound. Officials are saying that it’s too early to decide the gunman’s motives. One victim was dead on the scene, while two others were airlifted to the hospital.
Voters are choosing marijuana reform measures this year. Voters are choosing medicinal marijuana usage in Florida and North Dakota, while the Washington Post quotes California as the big prize for legalization proponents. "This is a major tipping point. With Florida's decision, a majority of states in the U.S. now have laws allowing patients to find relief with medical marijuana, and these protections and programs are no longer concentrated in certain regions of the country like the West and Northeast,” said Tom Angell, Marijuana Majority.