Americans have gone to the polls to vote for their next President – and it looks as though divisive candidate Donald Trump has swung it.
As the votes were counted overnight, Trump opened up a convincing lead over opponent Hillary Clinton and will become the next US President.
The billionnaire businessman has come under fire during his campaign for his vile comments about women, his attitude towards Muslims and his desire to build a wall on Mexico’s border.
Now, the people who didn’t vote for him are waking up to the reality that this man is their next President.
And the word “terrifying” has never been used so much.
A Trump victory takes us back decades of progress. This is terrifying.
— Camden Scott (@cammiescott) November 9, 2016
Breaking: Trump wins #Florida.
Americans right now. #ElectionNight #AmericaIsOverPartypic.twitter.com/45tnWnlbR9
— Akshay Kumar G (@AkshayShakira) November 9, 2016
i am actually speechless. at the start of today i didn’t think trump would even have a chance this is so terrifying
— (@stainedhearts) November 9, 2016
Me earlier: they won’t let Trump win lol America would never elect a reality television star
Me now: pic.twitter.com/y5BtNuW0lq
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) November 9, 2016
Other countries: “is your president seriously Donald Trump?…”
— xanax smoothie (@pineapplejim123) November 9, 2016
Trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t win trump won’t w #ElectionNightpic.twitter.com/186Ku565Qk
— Yohan Black (@TheYohanBlack) November 9, 2016
Some claimed the ‘racism’ and ‘xenophobia’ seen in Trump’s campaign would be legitimised if he won, which is somewhat reminiscent of the attitude in the wake of Brexit back in June.
This isn’t amusing. This is terrifying. The election of Trump legitimises the racism and xenophobia seen in his campaign. #ElectionNight
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) November 9, 2016
When you thought hillary was gonna smack down on trump but it’s actually really close it’s scary #AmericaIsOverParty #ElectionNightpic.twitter.com/bKifQ6KXR2
— Relatable Riley (@gottasweetlife) November 9, 2016
Election drinking game : drink til you die cause the country is going to fall apart anyway
— Kodak White (@StankLunchables) November 9, 2016
Others said is was not the role model the young people of America need.
Trump is the worst possible example of a role model for the young people of the most powerful nation in human history. Terrifying.
— Gav (@miracleofsound) November 9, 2016
Is it scary for anyone else that trump might actually be our president?
— Brennen Taylor (@BrennenTaylor) November 9, 2016
In all seriousness if Trump wins it’s opening the doors to so much hate, racism, inequality etc. & it’s honestly scary to think about.
— Nia J’Nae (@niajnae) November 9, 2016
Trump in the White House: so what now
advisor: run the country
— . (@fulaheaux) November 9, 2016
The New York Times and the bookmakers are predicting Republican candidate Trump will win the election – having rated his chances at just 20% when the first polls closed
trump is leading, the world is ending
— lyds (@lydiatohrq) November 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton went into election day with a lead in the polls, but confidence in her becoming America’s first female President rapidly disappeared as results started coming in.
People react as they watch voting results at Hillary Clinton’s election night event
Trump has won key swing states including Ohio, North Carolina and Florida to move toward the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the White House.
The New York Times began predicting Trump would win the election at around 2.45am – having rated his chances at just 20% when the first polls closed.