The World Reacts: Gasps, Applause and Protests Erupt After Surprise Trump Victory
Donald Trump won the White House early Wednesday morning in a shocking victory that brought a wide-ranging mix of reactions in the country he'll soon lead and abroad.
Even before the official call, seen as anything from improbable to impossible for much of the long 2016 contest was made, Americans made their feelings about Trump's win known.
At Manhattan's Javits Center, where Hillary Clinton had hoped to celebrate her victory, throngs of Democrats jeered, booed and even wept as it became more and more clear she had lost the Oval Office.
Just across town, Trump delivered a victory speech to a room overjoyed they'd elected the first president with zero political or military experience.
"We will get along with all nations willing to get along with us," Trump told admirers, and the world, while proudly laying came to the most powerful office on Earth. "I promise you, I will not let you down."
World leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May and German PM Angela Merkel reacted with a spattering of congratulations and diplomatic promises of cooperation. ""Britain and the United States have an enduring special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise," May said in a statement.
One of the first leaders to congratulate Trump was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was painted for much of Trump's campaign as a sort of outside agitator working to derail Hillary Clinton with computer hacks.
In a letter to Trump, Putin said he hopes he and the 45th president can "work together toward the end of the crisis in Russian-American relations, as well address the pressing issues of the international agenda and the search for effective responses to global security challenges."
In Washington, D.C., fights broke out between supporters of the candidates outside the White House.
Protests erupted in California, where West Coasters were still awake to see the election's final results. Shouts of "Not my president" were heard on college campuses up and down the state and in the streets as thousands gathered in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere.
Many of the same celebrities who fought for a Clinton victory used social media to convey their devastation.
Pop star Katy Perry changed her Twitter photos to black space, and tweeted: "We are not a nation that will let hate lead us."
Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that will let HATE lead us.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 9, 2016
Madonna, who held a surprise concert in New York's Washington Square Park Monday night for the Clinton campaign, posted: "A New Fire Is Lit. We Never Give Up. We Never Give In."
A New Fire Is Lit 🔥 We Never Give Up. 🔥We Never Give In' 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/CM4PAnR1nj— Madonna (@Madonna) November 9, 2016
Then there was the emotional rant by CNN political commentator Van Jones, a Clinton supporter, who said: "This was a white lash. This was a white lash against a changing country it was a white lash against a black president in part and that's the part where the pain comes."
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria tweeted a selfie with the caption, "what's happening?" The tweet was later deleted.
"This is an embarrassing night for America," tweeted Captain America actor Chris Evans. "We've let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We've let a bully set our course. I'm devastated."
This is an embarrassing night for America. We've let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We've let a bully set our course. I'm devastated.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 9, 2016
Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane wrote, ominously: "Some didn't like Bush. Some didn't like Obama. But this is different. Forget dislike. Many are genuinely fearful now. This is new."
Other celebrities were more hopeful, such as Trump supporter and Charles in Charge actor Scott Baio.
"Great faith in God works. Mr @realDonaldTrump I'm proud to call you President of the United States of America. And First Lady @MELANIATRUMP," Baio wrote.