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posted by cmn32480 on Wednesday November 09 2016, @12:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-the-people dept.

And the winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, as reported by the major mainstream media outlets is Donald Trump. It has also been reported that Hillary Clinton called President-elect Donald Trump to concede.

Electoral vote count (so far): 279 for Donald Trump, 218 for Hillary Clinton. 270 electoral votes are needed to win.

Popular vote: 57,227,164 votes (48.0%) for Donald Trump, 56,279,305 votes (47.2%) for Hillary Clinton. Update: Now it is closer to 59,085,795 votes (47.5%) for Donald Trump and 59,236,903 votes (47.6%) for Hillary Clinton.

Yell, scream, gnash teeth... but please keep it civil.

Results at CNN, NYT, FiveThirtyEight, Wikipedia.

takyon: Republicans have retained control of the House and Senate.

Here's some market news:

Dow futures plunge nearly 750 points as investors warily eye electoral map
Asian markets plummet on likelihood of Trump victory
Bitcoin price soars as Trump pulls ahead
Opinion: How to profit from a Donald Trump victory

Ballot measure results will be covered in an upcoming story. Some initial results can be found at Ballotpedia and CNN.

[TMB Note: Stop breaking stuff, cmn32480]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @08:09AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @08:09AM (#424393)

    Don't blame me; I voted for Johnson. Hey, at least we will have the hottest first lady in history. Scary four years ahead.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anal Pumpernickel on Wednesday November 09 2016, @10:19AM

    by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Wednesday November 09 2016, @10:19AM (#424492)

    They'll blame you, they'll blame sexism, they'll blame third parties, and/or they'll blame people who didn't vote. They'll blame everyone but themselves, even though they put forth a candidate who was total dog shit (not that Trump isn't). People who voted for Hillary in the primaries should learn their lesson, but I fear they won't.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @12:01PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @12:01PM (#424548)

      In an odd way, this has has been the alternate reality version of when Ron Paul ran last. Same cold shoulder from the RNC, same hysterics from the left, and the same smugness from the major parties.

      That really clarified the left for me when the anti-war protestors packed-up upon Obama's arrival. So no, I don't think they will learn, but at least the stranglehold has been broken for now.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Thexalon on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:17PM

      by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:17PM (#424906)

      First on their list of people the Democrats are likely to blame: Bernie Sanders and his supporters []. The Clinton people hated Bernie Sanders with a passion they never really unleashed on Trump. Why? Because if Bernie had won, they were all out of a job as he cleaned house, whereas with a Trump victory they can just get back to raising $2700 at a time from rich donors for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee 2018. Sanders threatened their system and their livelihoods far more than Trump did.

      And yes, they are already blaming sexism [], ignoring the fact that the problem for many wasn't with women in general but Hillary Clinton in particular. Furthermore, the simple fact that they would routinely respond to very legitimate criticism of Hillary Clinton with "You're only saying that because she's a woman" was completely unhelpful to Hillary Clinton and to combating sexism. As in, I would mention something like "But what about escalating the civil war in Syria?" and get back "Sexism!"

      I'm sure they'll at some point claim that Jill Stein cost them the election. But she didn't, not even close. (For that matter, Ralph Nader didn't in 2000 either [] despite the constant drumbeat of "Remember Ralph Nader" whenever a liberal-type person considers breaking away from the Democratic Party.)

      And of course, some are blaming Julian Assange, some are blaming James Comey, and still others are blaming Vladimir Putin. Of course, none of that would have mattered had (a) Clinton used the email system provided by the US State Department like everybody else for her official emails, and (b) not been engaged in unethical practices left and right. I mean, imagine if everybody who had looked through the emails came away with the impression "Wow, what a dedicated and intelligent public servant, with a team around her of really smart people with an eye towards what's best for America and her citizens." That's not what they found, despite attempt after attempt by Clinton allies in the media to downplay what was there.

      But the reality is very simple: Roughly 2/3 of Trump supporters said they knew he was a scumbag, but absolutely couldn't under any circumstances back Clinton. And the blame for that falls squarely on Clinton.

      The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
  • (Score: 2) by Unixnut on Wednesday November 09 2016, @10:50AM

    by Unixnut (5779) on Wednesday November 09 2016, @10:50AM (#424506)

    A hot first lady, and an east European immigrant (I think she was from the old Yugoslavia, now Slovenia).

    Doesn't really match with Trump being xenophobic and anti foreigner. I guess at worst you can say he is selective about the cadre of immigrants he wants to let in, which is a perfectly sane and reasonable policy.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:58AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:58AM (#424545)

      She was one of those illegals that Donnie keeps blathering about.

      Melania Trump Was an Undocumented Worker in America []

      When Trump refers to "undocumented workers" in his scare-tactic campaign speeches, he likely doesn't mean his career model wife who, according to AP, accepted payment for 10 modeling jobs in the U.S. though she didn't have the legal documentation to work in the country in 1996.

      -- OriginalOwner_ []

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @06:24PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09 2016, @06:24PM (#424783)

        From your own link [], Melania had legal permission to be in the USA. What she didn't have, as your link claims, is permission to work as a model. However, she DID obtain said permission less than two months later - and with the "speed" at which federal bureaucrats work, it is almost certain that such permission had been applied for long before and was more or less already "in the bag" unofficially when she set foot in the USA.

        This is a far, FAR cry from Melania being the stereotypical "illegal alien" that your subject line claims was the case.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:43AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 09 2016, @11:43AM (#424539) Journal

    So did I. It was a toss-up until the very end - Stein or Johnson. Holding the ballot in my hand and reading it one more time, it struck me that I could, for once in my life, vote nearly a straight party ticket. I voted for the Libertarian presidential candidate, the Libertarian senate candidate, two state Libertarians, and I voted against every single unopposed incumbent. I voted for ONE republican, because he is a better choice than the pinhead Democrat running against him. Only ONE person from either of the two major parties got my vote.

    Then, I voted in favor of casinos, in favor of the sale of alcohol in my "dry county", I voted against three basically administrative measures, I voted for two measures decrimiinalizing marijuana, and pushed the button to review my choices. All good, push "enter".

    And, our electronic polling machines actually print a paper for each and every ballot.

    ‘Never trust a man whose uncle was eaten by cannibals’
    • (Score: 2) by CoolHand on Wednesday November 09 2016, @01:53PM

      by CoolHand (438) on Wednesday November 09 2016, @01:53PM (#424596) Journal
      It kind of scares me that my vote lines up almost exactly with yours.... hmmm.. (although too bad we had no cannabis decriminalization in my state)
      Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job-Douglas Adams
      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday November 09 2016, @03:20PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Wednesday November 09 2016, @03:20PM (#424661) Journal

        Mine, too. That's how extremely deformed political reality has become. The 1% have fully captured both parties in the US, so the rest of the 99% suddenly find themselves standing shoulder-to-shoulder despite previously thinking themselves on opposite sides of the spectrum.

        Washington DC delenda est.
    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Wednesday November 09 2016, @04:23PM

      by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday November 09 2016, @04:23PM (#424708) Homepage Journal

      I did basically the same thing but voted Donald Duck where anyone was running unopposed since there wasn't a Fuck You option.

      My rights don't end where your fear begins.