As was expected after the result of the nationwide vote, the electoral college has duly voted for Donald Trump to become America’s 45th President. In a result that some had predicted may have actually been swung by recent revelations of Russian hackers having a positive effect on Trump’s campaign, the electoral college stuck to the script and voted with the public and rubber stamped Trump’s victory.
There had been some speculation of a potential revolt. As many states had only just finished counting Trump’s opponent had well in excess of 2 million more votes than the eventual winner. His route to the white house has been far from straightforward, an outsider right from the start, it seemed unlikely Mr Trump would even get close to being the Republican nominee after a significant portion of the party had turned against him. But his message struck a chord with the disenfranchised in America. High costs of living against a background of relatively slow growth and specifically slow wage growth, along with concerns about immigration and terrorism, gave Mr Trump the platform he needed. No one can take away from him that he captured the imagination of many in the US, outside of the major cities Trump did exceedingly well. What this means for the future of the democrats is unknown. The western world has taken a hard turn to the right wing of politics in recent times, and it will be a long road back if they’re to regain the majority that was held by outgoing President Barack Obama.
Trump also had to fight off a potential rebellion from within, a last minute revolt from members of his own party could’ve thrown the whole debate in to chaos. Fortunately the rebellion was tiny and did not do enough to prevent Mr Trump from being voted for as America’s 45th President.
In recent days the Clinton camp has used Russian hacking attempts as a reason for the loss, along with what appeared to be a politically motivated attempt by the director of the FBI James Comey to announce a reopening of an investigation in to the use of a private e-mail server by Mrs Clinton to send potentially sensitive materials. Though this investigation once again cleared the candidate just two days before polling day.
It is now down to Mr Trump to prove his objectors wrong and try and form a cohesive team, which given his past may be his harder than any other job he’ll perform as President.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.