Donald Trump’s presidential victory makes history

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. in their first public step toward a transition of power. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Kristy Shearer

Contributing Writer


Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States of America when our very own swing state, Pennsylvania, was called in favor of the Republican nominee.

The long-awaited results of the presidential election were made available at approximately 2:30 a.m. after a long night filled with uncertainty.

“The anxiety level of this election was overwhelming; to know that, in a few short hours, you will have a new leader, and political systems will change for better or for worse,” Lloyd Shakespeare (junior, computer science) said.

Following the announcement, the vice president-elect, Mike Pence, gave a brief victory speech at the Trump Headquarters before introducing the president-elect.

“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to this country,” Trump said in his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning.

“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

Although Clinton did not offer her immediate concession in a speech, she spoke later Wednesday morning in New York City.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too,” she said.

“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Republicans also took control of Congress, with 51 to 47 in the Senate and 239 to 192 in the House. Republican Pat Toomey was reelected over Democrat Katie McGinty as the senator of Pennsylvania.

State voters also voted to raise the judicial retirement to 75, which allows judges to remain in their positions for an extra five years.

IUP alumnus Dave Reed was also reelected as the majority leader of the Pa. House of Representatives.