On Tuesday night, real estate tycoon and businessman Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States. The Associated Press called the election for Trump just after 2:30 a.m. EST.
It all began in June 2015 when Trump took an escalator ride to meet members of the media at his famed Trump Tower in New York. During his campaign kick off, Trump touched upon many of the policies that would be debated and argued about for the coming election.
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time,” Trump said.
Throughout his first speech, Trump depicted a bleak version of America, an America that he wanted to ‘make great again.’
“When do we beat Mexico at the border?” Trump said in 2015.
“They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.”
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
The idea that the United States had become the little brother of the rest of the world was key to Trump’s political positions in the next 17 months. Through hundreds of rallies and interviews, Trump constantly put the country down, and made comments that heavily alienated some voters in the process.
There was the time when he called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” or when he said that women should be punished for having abortions. During his campaign he made enemies of nearly ever major figure in the party whose nomination he eventually received. He insulted the war record of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and referred to his Republican nominee challenger Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as “little Marco.”
His thirty years of public life and comments were constantly brought up during the election season.
In the fall of 2016, footage from a 2005 “Access Hollywood” interview from was leaked to the Washington Post and showed off a far uglier side of Trump’s personality.
In the video, Trump says that because he was famous, he could do anything he wanted, including grabbing women “by the pussy.”
“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump is heard saying in the video.
“You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the pussy,” Trump says.
Trump later admitted that he had said and done things in his life that he regretted.
“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” Trump said at the time.
The backlash to his comments came fast and furious, and there was brief talk of the Republican leadership forcing Trump to step down as their nominee. In the days and weeks that followed, multiple women hit Trump with allegations of sexual assault.
As recently as mid-October, it seemed as if Trump’s chances of the White House were all but gone. A letter to Congress from FBI Director James Comey, informed the country that the bureau was analyzing new emails that pertained to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of a private email server. The news helped Trump climb in the polls. In early November Comey announced that no illegality was detected in the new emails.
In the last days of his campaign, Trump continued to preach from the same hymnal he had since June 2015. According to Trump, the Republic was in jeopardy, and he was the only messenger who would be able to heal it.
“It’s going to be the very beginning of a new adventure … it’s making America great again, we’re going to do it,” he said to a crowd Monday night in Michigan.
On Tuesday night, the American people decided that they agreed.
Donald Trump will take the oath of office on January 20, 2017. He will become the 45th President of the United States.