What the internet taught us this week… U.S. Election Special



Businessman Donald Trump defied the odds to become the 45th President of the United States. (Image: Eric Thayer / Reuters)

Events in 2016 have given the internet plenty to talk about, and the U.S. presidential election was no exception. The internet went into overdrive as Republican candidate Donald Trump overtook the Democrats’ Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House.

FRED the ALIEN followed the election and, through The New York Times, relayed the progress of the voting outcomes.


FRED the ALIEN’s tweets throughout the election (times indicated are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time), showing how the votes turned to Trump’s favour. (Images: https://www.twitter.com/FREDtheALIENpro)

Such hashtags as #USElection2016, #ElectionDay, #ElectionNight, #Election2016, and #PresidentTrump were trending throughout the day.

ABC’s, and Australia’s most trusted, political analyst Anthony Green predicted Trump’s victory by 5.50pm.


FRED the ALIEN reports on Anthony Green’s (as usual) accurate prediction. (Images: https://www.twitter.com/FREDtheALIENpro)

Clinton’s supporters literally wept at the unexpected outcome, proving they were ‘with her’ until the very end:


Clinton’s supporters weep as their planned victory celebrations becomes an America Is Over party. (Images: https://twitter.com/calumscene and https://twitter.com/gmanews)


Social media responded to the result with humour, pop culture references, and protests. The anti-Trump onslaught continued after Clinton conceded defeat. As depicted below, Lady Gaga (pictured in ABC News’s Instagram) stood outside Trump Tower to protest the election outcome, which would have been different, according to @markbritton7’s Twitter post, if voters were exclusively millennials. Representing the future generation of voters, a sleepy ten-year-old Barron Trump (pictured in @mrmikechristian’s Twitter post) was up past his bedtime to hear his father’s victory speech.


(Images: http://www.twitter.com; http://www.facebook.com; http://www.instagram.com. Individual accounts are as credited in their respective posts.)


Hillary Clinton concedes a ‘painful’ defeat as husband Bill stands proudly behind the United States’s first female presidential candidate. (Image: Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

Clinton’s concession speech, in which she called for Americans to greet the elected forty-fifth president with ‘an open mind’, was praised.

Read more about Hillary Clinton’s speech here.

Watch Hillary’s concession speech here.

Watch Donald Trump’s victory speech here.

Learn how the American voting system works here.

Relive what has been the most sensational election campaign in U.S. political history with The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth⎯available now on Stan.

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