It was a night of mixed emotions on Tuesday as the neck-in-neck presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton played out live. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the GOP candidate pulled ahead and was finally declared the next President of the United States.
Trump addressed his voters and the American public in a live press conference, saying that his opponent, Clinton, had called him to concede. Clinton did not publicly address the American people following the results, sending her staffers home.
With his family by his side, Trump thanked the American people for their votes and asked for unity moving forward.
“To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” he told the crowd. “To be really historic, we have to do a great job. I look very much forward to being your president.”
Across the country and the world, celebrities expressed their strong reactions to Trump’s upset on social media.
Here are some of their responses:
I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight. I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli's and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But…It didn't happen. I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in. After hours of a growing pit in my stomach, it was over. I left the TV, grabbed my daughter and took her to bed. But now, as I'm laying next to my her as she sleeps, I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don't. I don't have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here. I will teach my daughter to love. All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they're from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her. I will teach her non violent communication. That in the face of hatred we must love each other even harder. Not give in. Not get discouraged or feel like our progress in the past is void. Keeping fighting for all of us, with an emphasis on those that and have been the most affected by systemic oppression. I will teach her that when she is silent during moments of injustice, she is siding with the oppressor. I will teach her that walls divide people, and by their nature cannot bring us closer. And that just because someone holds the most powerful position in the world, does not make that person right, just or fair. Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am. I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America. I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment
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