In her post-election speech, Hillary Clinton said the country is “more divided than we thought” but that Donald Trump is owed an “open mind.” Trump is leading a global nationalist wave — the age of populism is here. And ICYMI, the first Latina senator, the first LGBT governor, and four other elected women made US history Tuesday night.
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Hillary Clinton’s concession speech had many of her supporters in tears.
“We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone — for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone,” Clinton said Wednesday. (Here’s the full transcript of her speech.)
“So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will,” she said. “And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Hillary Clinton, her husband President Bill Clinton (left), and running mate Tim Kaine on Wednesday. Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images
President Barack Obama and Trump will meet today at the White House to talk transition. Here’s what Trump had to say about it: “We’re going to have a meeting. It’s going to be, I think, very good.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s transition team is getting ready for next year. They’ve put together a list of 41 names to take top positions in his administration. It includes former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for attorney general and Ben Carson for secretary of education and secretary of health and human services.
Thousands of people across the US are continuing to protest Trump’s victory.
At many demonstrations, protesters refused to accept a Trump presidency. Massive crowds converged in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and other cities, with reports of tear gas in Oakland and arrests in Manhattan. BuzzFeed News is on the ground.
An anti-Trump protest in Chicago. Kamil Krzaczynski / Reuters
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With Trump’s win, the leftward shift of the American legal system has been halted in its tracks.
Earlier this year, as liberals had prepared for a progressive majority on the high court for the first time in generations, Donald Trump proposed a list of 21 names for his potential picks for Supreme Court vacancies. Now, it is Trump’s vision — with a Republican-led Senate — that will control what comes next for the federal judiciary.
The only certainty for the American health care industry is the end of the Affordable Care Act. With a Trump presidency, the industry is for the first time facing the real possibility of a drastic and abrupt repeal of the entire ACA — a scenario that some sources say insurance companies and hospitals are unprepared to deal with.
Get used to high drug prices as Big Pharma emerges from this election stronger than ever. The US pays way more than other countries do for prescription drugs — even ones that may not work.
Anti-Semitism has emerged from the shadows and isn’t going back. During the election, anti-Semitism was unleashed on social media, aided and abetted by the Trump campaign, and has laid bare the true sentiments of an uncomfortably large number of people.
Abortion rights organizations across the country grappled Wednesday with how they plan to deal with President-elect Trump, who ran on an anti-abortion platform. Gary Cameron / Reuters
And a little extra.
Wall Street has convinced itself that Trump won’t be bad — for now. Despite many economists’ and analysts’ predictions that a Trump White House would mean a devastating trade war and a gloom of uncertainty over companies, investors, and countries, some Wall Street sages now are saying that Trump is most likely to pursue policies that could provide short-term stimulus.
Silicon Valley enters a tumultuous future as policies intimately tied to the tech industry face a likely shakeup. Trump’s positions on issues like immigration, free trade, encryption, and network neutrality will soon collide with widely held views in San Francisco.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Oregon is the first state to elect an openly LGBT governor. Steve Dykes / AP Photo
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
The liberal world order is nearly over, and the age of populism is here.
The media and political elites missed the story on Trump and the voters he rallied. His win over Clinton — which wasn’t foreseen in the polling leading up to the election — stunned his supporters and enemies alike. (Why were the polls so completely wrong? Here are five theories.)
Trump wants to disentangle the US from trade deals, crack down on immigration, and decrease America’s commitment to the Western alliance, empowering Russia. And his appeals to the white working class have been calibrated to ethnic concerns, whether via dog whistle or more overtly.