Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in the wee hours of November 9, 2016. President-elect Trump, 70, sealed his presidency after surpassing his opponent, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with over 270 electoral votes.
Donald took the stage at the New York Hilton in NYC's Midtown around 3 a.m. and embraced family, friends and Vice President-elect Mike Pence before addressing the crowd.
During his speech, Donald commended Hillary saying she waged "a very very hard-fought campaign," and ensured that he will work to close this country's divide.
"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division — have to get together," Donald said. "To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."
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Ivanka Trump, who was a favorite among the Trump family and by her dad's side always, took to Instagram to congratulate her dad. “Thank you, America, for the trust that you placed in my father. He will never let you down!” she wrote along with a photo of her family from the celebratory event in NYC.
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Hillary Clinton delivers an emotional concession speech
Following her defeat in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton took the stage on Wednesday morning in New York City to give her concession speech surrounded by husband Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea Clinton and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky.
After thanking her family along with her running mate Tim Kaine, his wife Anne and her millions of supporters, Hillary started her speech with an apology. She said, "This is not the outcome we wanted. I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country."
The mom-of-one ended her speech with an inspiring message to young people and young women with big dreams, "To all the little girls watching... never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."
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Barron Trump's late night
Donald shared his victory stage with his wife Melania and his children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and youngest Barron.
All eyes were on Donald and Melania's ten-year-old son as he struggled to keep his eyes open during his father's speech at 3 a.m.
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CNN's Van Jones eloquently takes on the election results
As the numbers began to shift in Trump's favor, one of CNN's lead analysts addressed the election results and how parents should discuss them with their children.
"You tell your kids don't be a bully, you tell your kids don't be a bigot... and then you have this outcome," an emotional Van said early Wednesday morning. "You have people putting children to bed tonight and they are afraid of breakfast. They're afraid of 'How do I explain this to my children?'I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, 'Should I leave the country?' I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight... And that's the part where the pain comes. Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside."
Celebrities and social media users commended Van for his comments. Actress Rashida Jones tweeted, "Well put, @VanJones68 Thank you for articulating so well at a moment when most of us can't. Please watch this."
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Katy Perry let's us in on a little secret
Katy Perry, who was an active supporter of Hillary Clinton during the election, took the stage on Tuesday night where she revealed that her conservative parents voted for Donald Trump. "Tonight my parents voted for Trump, but you know what? We will still all be sitting at the same table for Thanksgiving," Katy said inside the Hillary Clinton election party in NYC. "And this is the moment we need to remember: that we all love our parents, and we all love our children. What a great country this is that gives us the freedom to express our differences, our opinions, our hopes and our fears. And I can rest easy knowing that both of my young nieces at home will never see themselves less than equal, anything other than equal."
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Voters pay tribute to Susan B. Anthony
In the hopes of breaking the glass ceiling and electing the first female president of the United States, many voters paid their respects to Susan B. Anthony, who actively fought for women's rights during the 1850s.
Hundreds of voters flocked to the Rochester, New York cemetery and dressed the activitst's grave site with flowers, thank you signs and stood in tears while they took in the historic moment.
The Empire State Building like you've never seen it before
During the course of the 2016 election night cycle, one of Manhattan's famous landmarks kept the city and the world up to date on the presidential race.
The iconic building lit up with realtime campaign results, animations, Instagram mosaics and campaign photos thanks to CNN.
When the final results were in, the building was lit up red with President-elect Trump's face around lights.
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Canada broke the Internet, literally
When the results of the 2016 presidential election began to roll in, people rushed to the Canadian Immigration website, which resulted in the site going down. Users logging on to the site were greeted with an error message.
Over the course of the election, many joked about booking flights to the "Great North" in the event that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated the president-elect by saying: "We're going to keep working with people right around the world. We're going to work with our neighbours, and I'm going to work with president-elect Trump's administration, as we move forward in a positive way for, not just Canadians and Americans, but the whole world."
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