America has elected its first-ever citizen president.
Donald Trump, who will be the 45th president of the United States, is the first person to win the presidency who has not previously been an elected official, appointed official or high-ranking military member.
Trump's Electoral College mandate comes as a total shock to the national media, which was so blatantly dishonest for the past year. This will go down as the year that the media turned in its press passes.
Usually a candidate only has to defeat one opponent. Trump had to defeat a mountain of institutional opposition that initially included 17 formidable primary election challengers.
As it turned out, that was the easy part. What followed was the most biased and downright dishonest national media assault in American history.
This is the election when all doubt was finally removed about the media. The thousands of uncontested John Podesta/Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton emails prove how that the national media corruptly and directly coordinated with the Clinton campaign.
Presidential debate questions were leaked in advance to Clinton. Reporters were actually submitting their work to the Clinton campaign for approval or revisions. The media directly planted fake questions to Clinton during staged press events. These are just a few of the blatantly dishonest tactics that were regularly employed.
Trump had to defeat a myriad of other opponents: The Pope, The United Nations, The 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 44th presidents of the United States, numerous members of the Bush family, the vice president, multiple first ladies, the Republican establishment, the pollsters, plus several Republican Senate, House and gubernatorial candidates.
Then there was Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio. He boycotted the Republican National Convention. He campaigned viciously for months against Trump. Early on Election Day, he publicly announced that he had voted for John McCain for president.
Just like the towering buildings that Trump creates, he brought the election in under budget and on time. Trump spent just $5 per vote; $300 million for 60 million votes. Clinton spent about $1.5 billion for the same 60 million votes.
When the state of Michigan is added any day now, Trump will have achieved 306 electoral votes, the most for a Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Clinton won the popular vote, which as of this writing stands at 60,467,601 to 60,072,551 (47.72 to 47.41). This is the second time in 16 years that the popular vote winner has lost the election. Before this, it had only happened three times in the first 224 years in American history: John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson (1824), Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel J. Tilden (1876), Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleveland (1888). Jackson and Cleveland would later win the presidency.
The Nov. 8, 2016 Election Day turnout was roughly 58 percent, up about 3 percent from 2012. Trump won 31 states and Maine's 2nd Congressional District. Clinton won 19 states and the District of Columbia for 228 electoral votes.
The media is now trying to get away with calling this the most shocking upset ever, or at least since 1948 when Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey.
This may be the very first time that you read this anywhere. Trump's victory was not a shocker. It was not an upset. The media, polls and exit polls simply had it all wrong. They wanted Clinton to win. They did everything they could to make it happen.
And when it didn't, now they get to rewrite the script and call it an upset. That way they weren't wrong at all.
Despite what the media and Clinton said for the past year, Trump is a winner. He has always been a winner. Losing is never an option that he ever considers. Trump is also a deal maker. This skill set is going to serve him extraordinarily well over the next four years.
Here's another important fact that the media has either missed or is intentionally omitting. Trump led a wave election. He saved the United States Senate majority for Republicans. The Republicans lost far fewer House seats than expected. Trump also helped to deliver governorships and state house majorities for Republicans.
Trump had a Reagan-like quality this election.
Also financial markets for some stupid reason were pulling for a Clinton win because markets prefer the "known" to the "unknown." When the results were being counted and it became apparent that Trump would win, the market futures plunged.
However by 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, when Trump delivered a humble and profound acceptance speech, displaying the depth and understanding of what it means to assume the presidency, Trump righted the financial markets which had their best week since 2011.
Trump has spoken to both Clintons and met in the Oval Office with the outgoing president. Following the nastiest election in recent memory, everyone thusfar has said and done all of the right things.
This election is not an upset, but it is the greatest victory for a citizen candidate in American history.
Campaigning for the presidency is one thing. Winning the presidency is another. The weight of the world will soon be on Trump's shoulders.