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Early Wednesday morning, the shock of Donald Trump’s victory spread across the world, sending stock markets tumbling and media organizations scrambling to cover an outcome to the presidential election that most had predicted was impossible. But was a Trump victory really so hard to foresee? We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
On Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump won the presidency, Senator Bernie Sanders issued this statement on Trump’s election: "Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids—all while the very rich become much richer." In his statement, Senator Sanders also said he would work with Trump "to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country." But he said that he would oppose Trump "to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies." For more, we’re joined by Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
As President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House to meet with President Obama today, many in the media establishment are wondering how data journalism’s predictions of this election were so wrong. As early as Tuesday morning, many media outlets, including The New York Times, were predicting Hillary Clinton had over an 80 percent chance of winning the presidency. Those predictions evaporated as soon as the poll numbers began rolling in Tuesday night. For more on the failures of data journalism and the Democratic Party, we speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His most recent piece is headlined "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit."
"Not My President"—that was the chant at protests across the country Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the election of Donald Trump, who surged to victory over Hillary Clinton. In California, at least 13 people were arrested as hundreds blocked traffic on two major highways. Thousands more gathered at Los Angeles City Hall, waving Mexican flags and burning a giant effigy of Donald Trump. In nearby Santa Ana, police fired rubber bullets and pepper spray at hundreds of protesters after the crowds took over major intersections. In Oakland, police also deployed tear gas and flashbang grenades against crowds of thousands of protesters. In Seattle, thousands took to the streets for a protest called by Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, while in Chicago thousands rallied outside Trump Tower. where at least five people were arrested. Protests were also held in Portland, Oregon; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Boston and Philadelphia. Here in New York, as many as 10,000 people surged through streets and surrounded the barricaded-off Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives. At least 65 people were arrested. Here are some of the voices from the protest in New York.
- "Not My President": Tens of Thousands Nationwide Protest Trump's Election
- Students Stage Anti-Trump Walkouts from Coast to Coast
- Clinton Concedes to Trump: "This is Painful & Will Be for a Long Time"
- Exit Polls: Majority of White Female Voters Supported Donald Trump
- Trump Cabinet Shortlist: Christie, Giuliani, Sessions & Gingrich
- Private Prison Companies' & Military Contractors' Stocks Surge After Trump Wins
- New Hampshire Senate Race: Maggie Hassan Beats Kelly Ayotte
- Maine Votes for Ranked-Choice Voting, Opening Door for More 3rd-Party Candidates
- Report: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 20 Civilians North of Raqqa
- Amnesty Calls on Iraqi Gov't to Probe Torture of Civilians by U.S.-Backed Forces
- U.N. Launches Probe of U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan That Killed 30
- Expert: Army Corps Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline was "Seriously Deficient"
According to The New York Times, Donald Trump’s son called John Kasich’s adviser before the Republican National Convention asking if the governor wanted to be "the most powerful vice president in history.” Kasich was told he would be in charge of both domestic and foreign policy. As for Donald Trump’s role, his son reportedly said he would be simply "making America great again." What does this mean for Mike Pence’s role as VP? We look at his record as Indiana governor.
Donald Trump may have run as an economic populist, but journalist Lee Fang examines how he has surrounded himself by corporate lobbyists. Fang reports in The Intercept that Trump’s transition team includes Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; Eric Ueland, who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and William Palatucci, whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon.
Earlier this year, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves openly bragged that the network is getting rich off Donald Trump’s run for the White House. "It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS. … [T]he money’s rolling in … [T]his is going to be a very good year for us." Moonves went on to say, "It’s a terrible thing to say, but bring it on, Donald. Go ahead. Keep going." We look at the media’s role in propping up Donald Trump over the past 18 months with three journalists: Lee Fang, John Nichols and Jose Antonio Vargas.
On election night, Republican Donald Trump claimed victories in battleground states where Democrat Bernie Sanders’s campaign found enthusiastic support during the primary. We speak with The Intercept’s Lee Fang and Linda Sarsour, Muslim Democratic activist and former Bernie Sanders campaign surrogate, on the outcome of Tuesday’s election if Sanders had won the Democratic nomination.
In other campaign news from Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term. Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging him with criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona. Arpaio was a major supporter of Donald Trump. His policies have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor tent city jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp." We go to Phoenix, where we are joined by Marisa Franco, director of Mijente, which helped organize the Wall Off Trump protest at the RNC last July.
We speak about the man who is now America’s president-elect with Wayne Barrett, who writes for the New York Daily News and The Daily Beast and has reported on Donald Trump since the 1970s. His 1991 biography of Donald Trump was just republished in paperback with the title of "Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention." He recently wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "Meet Donald Trump’s Top FBI Fanboy."
Longtime investigative journalist Allan Nairn responds to FBI Director James Comey’s actions that jolted the presidential race a week and a half ago, when he notified congressional leaders that the agency was investigating more emails as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system.
"We failed our young people. We failed generations to come," says Linda Sarsour in response to the upset victory of Donald Trump for president after he ran on a campaign to ban all Muslims from the United States. Sarsour is director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.
Donald Trump repeatedly attacked immigrants during his campaign for president. We get reaction to his victory from Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker. He famously came out of the shadows in 2011 in The New York Times Magazine with his story, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." He is founder and editor of #EmergingUS, founder of Define American, and producer and director of two documentary films, "Documented" and "White People."
"If one studies history, this is not a surprising outcome," award-winning racial justice reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones says about Donald Trump’s election win. She points to the Reconstruction era that followed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and Richard Nixon’s use of the "Southern Strategy" to appeal to racial fears of white voters after President Lyndon Baines Johnson passed key civil rights measures. "Whenever there are great strides towards racial progress in this country, there is a white backlash." She concludes, "There’s a lot of soul searching that needs to be done. But I also think this election is very American."
John Nichols, political writer for The Nation, argues Donald Trump’s upset victory to win at least 270 Electoral College votes and become U.S. president is the result of an election process that does not reflect the popular will, as his rival Hillary Clinton appears set to win the popular vote. "America has a lousy, messed-up election system, and we count votes really slow," he notes. "What will turn out to be the reality … is that Hillary Clinton will actually beat Donald Trump by perhaps the largest margin that any loser beat a winner by in the popular vote. It will grow quite a bit." Nichols notes President Obama’s popular vote tally grew from 225,000 on election night to 5 million, and says he expects mass protests. His new article is titled "These Election Results Will Define America."
Donald J. Trump was elected 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in a stunning upset that reverberated around the world. Trump carried at least 279 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 218, although Trump appears to have narrowly lost the popular vote. Donald Trump has never held elective office. He opened his campaign in 2015 with a speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Trump has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He openly mocked his opponents, reporters, Asians, African Americans and the disabled. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault, and he was heard in a 2005 videotape boasting about sexually assaulting women. Throughout the campaign, Trump drew the enthusiastic support of white nationalists and hate groups. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, cheered the outcome of the election. Duke tweeted, "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life -> make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."
- Donald Trump Elected 45th President of the United States
- Hillary Clinton Supporters Shocked by Loss to Donald Trump
- Early-Morning Protests Spring Up After Donald Trump Victory
- Republicans Retain House and Senate Majority
- Republican Sweep Likely to Tilt Supreme Court Balance
- Stock Markets in Turmoil as Donald Trump Stages Upset
- Long Lines, Voter ID Laws and Fewer Polling Places Suppress Turnout
- House Speaker Paul Ryan Confident He Will Retain Leadership Role
- Wisconsin: Russ Feingold Loses to GOP Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson
- Florida: Republican Senator Marco Rubio Re-elected
- Gubernatorial Races Split Between Republicans, Democrats
- California: Kamala Harris Elected as Second-Ever Black Woman U.S. Senator
- Voters Raise Minimum Wage, Support Death Penalty, Legalize Marijuana
- Minnesota: Ilhan Omar Elected as First-Ever Somali-American Legislator
- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid for Seventh Term, May Be Jailed
- California: Gunman Fires Near Polling Place, Killing 1 and Injuring 2
- Orlando, FL Night Club to Become a Memorial to Gun Massacre Victims
- World Meteorological Organization Says Recent Years Hottest on Record
- Trump Climate Denial Threatens U.N. Climate Change Agreement
- Indian Supreme Court Orders Action on Toxic Air Pollution Crisis
- North Dakota: Pipeline Company Says It Will Soon Begin Drilling Despite Lack of Permit
- Puerto Rico: Protesters March Against Federal Oversight Board
We dip into the Democracy Now! archive to revisit Election Day 2000, when Bill Clinton was calling radio stations to get out the vote for Hillary for Senate and Al Gore for president. He did not expect to spend 30 minutes defending his administration’s record on the death penalty, the Middle East and racial profiling, among other issues. But that is exactly what happened when he encountered Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. At one point in the interview, Clinton accuses Goodman of being "hostile and combative." The next day, the president’s aides threatened to ban Amy from the White House. Watch the full interview here.