i am molly hall, live from paris. this is "france 24," and you are watching our special coverage of the presidential election in the united states. donald trump will be the next president of the united states, and what a campaign it has been, considered one of the most bitttter, polarizing electionsnn recent history. let's look at how he pulled off the win. he captured some key states over hillary clinton. if we could bring up the map that shows the breakdown -- he took florida, ohio, north carolina. -- we are trying to just get a look. he managed to squeeze out a win in wisconsin, and it is too close to call in michigan. those were democratic states that went for barack obama in 2012 and 2008, as well as pennsylvania. that is a major victory for donald trump that has not gone to a republican since 1988. hillary clinton was heavily
favored to win. polls showed a tightening race. polls have proved to be wrong once again. we are going to be walking through all the results that we can with our correspondent. thank yoyou for comingng in. also, we will break things down with curtis young. thank you. we are walking through the results, and we will do that more. i want to look at how we got here. now,we have seen as of donald trump has ended eight years of democrats in the white house. it is a result that many did not expect. take a look. , all eyeses g gathered were set on the swing states. results came in within hours, and the crucial state of florida went to donald trump. the republican candidate also won in ohio, north carolina, and pennsylvania, securing a comfortable victory over rival
hillary clinton. mr. trump: now it is time for the wounds ofind divisision and get together. to all republicans and democrats and independents across the nation, i say it is time for us to come t together as one united people. >> tension was high throughout the night amonong democratats. hillary clinton won in california and new york but did not do as well as pollsters predicted in a number of swing states. many of her supporters broke into tears upon hearing the news. aftern conceded defeat her campaign manager, john podesta, initially said they would wait until all votes are coununted. havehile, republicans maintained their majority in the house of representatives and are set to retain their hold of the
senate. when donald trump takes office in january, congress will therefore entirely be under republican control. on how this vote went down and what it means moving forward for the united states and also very much for the world, curtis, you are a professor of history. in france, first, you are a teacher here. you are an american from chicago. give me your reaction to this vote. there are two sides. i am shocked because i never believed that donald j. trump would never be -- would ever be president of the united states. at the same time, i am not surprised. this has been an election result that has been cooking in the oven for a number of years. 196964,e it began in actually. molly: barry goldwater.
curtis: exactly. at thahat time, the traditional south was democratic. wasas the north that republican. the red states were democrat, the blue states were republican. lyndon johnson betrayed them, the seven democrats, when he signed the civil rights bill and the voting rights act. the traditional republicans, who were out of office -- basically richard nixon -- began to appeal to those voters. that was the beginning of what we called dog whistle politics, saying that we are going to restore your dignity, we will give back your states' rights. you have to realize, this is after 200 something years of slavery, after jim crow. jim crow, only in 1954. slowly over the years, republicans have been telling these people, we will give your
dignity back. -- you have been told that your problem is because of the blacks, the immigrants, people of different religions, etc. so this has been cooking in the oven for a number of years. ronald reagan came in with his neoliberal politics that decimated the american economy, destroying households, destroying incomes. people are out of work. it has never happened before that children could not do as well or better than their parents. so there is this tremendous economic anxiety going on in america, even though obama pulled this economy from the edge o of going over an abysmal cliff. there is this tremendous economic anxiety, income inequality, donald trump comes narcissistmagogue, a . the man has never read a book. not an original idea.
but he understands how to work the media. he is a reality show host, and he did reality show politics. people loved it, and the media went a along with it. nobody challenged the authenticity, the legitimacy of his candidacy because it was great for ratings. great for ratings means it is -- great for ratings means msnbc is raking in the money. this is where we are. molly: i want to pick up more on trump's message, whether it was authentic enough. first we will cross to the nation's capital, where philip crowther joins us now. it is 1:00 p.m. in paris, 7:00 a.m. in washington, d.c. dawn has given an interesting setting today, as we are going through the postmortem of the results of the exit polls.
trump appeared to have a very narrow path to the white house, but he has pulled off a strong victory. how did he do this? narrow it looked like a path but ended up being slightly larger than any of us ever expected. when you look at the exit polls that came out last night, you had certain indications as to why all of this actually happened. a lot has been said about the white working-class support for donald trump, but maybe we were concentrating largely at the one voter block that was likely to get donald trump elected. there were others that contributed to this victory, a relatively large percentage of latinos who voted for him in the end, rather surprisingly. ofy had to be on the side hillary clinton for her to be able to make it to the white house. we sawom the exit polls, something that was very clear when we were expecting the total the satisfaction and anger there is at the u.s. government and
u.s. politics in general, from the u.s. electorate. this was an antiestablishment vote. that is absolutely clear. and we knew that there was no trust in hillary clinton, and that is something that we heard -- onon the came trail the campaign trail a lot over the last few weeks. donald trump hammered home that message that hillary clinton could not be trusted because of that use of a private aim server when she was secretary of state. the reopening of an investigation against her might have had a role to play. but more than anything, this is a clearly -- this is clearly a vote against the establishment, against president obama, against congress, and the lack of function that there is right now. you mentioned president obama. we have not had any reaction yet
from the white house? philip: no, we have not. we probably should have had one by now, to be honest. the easiest thing for the president is to congratulate the candidate on a victory. you can be sure these were sleepless nights spent in the white house, not just president obama, but the whole team. torything has changed as what happens between now and inauguration day. what we need from here on is a statement from the president. we are expecting that to drop at some point this morning. there is white has briefing today was press secretary josh earnest. he will be facing some tough and unexpected questions, at least as of yesterday at this time. and the most awkward parts of them all for these u.s. president will be the traditional meeting with the president elect. that is simply something that happens in u.s. politics, and it should be happening this
wednesday or thursday, according to tradition. we have no news of that at this point, but we already know that the schedule is absolutely free, both on wednesday and thursday. there will be that possibility to meet donald trump in the oval office or wherever this might happen in the white house. that is when this will really become very clear and become so obvious to everybody that this is actually happening, that there will be a president trump. his twitter handle already says "president-elect." it will now be up to the white house to somehow officially accept the outcome, which it has not done so far. philip, you mentioned the outcome and obama will meet with trump. we have not yet heard from democratic nominee hillary clinton herself. we heard from her campaign manager, who took to the stage in new york last night at 2:00
a.m. to tell all supporters thank you very much but that you would hear from the candidate in the morning. have we seen this before? philip: no, that was extraordinary. this was a stage that was set for hillary clinton, a big convention center with a glass ceiling. the symbolism was all too clear. this was a crowd expecting a victory speech from hillary clinton. one can only assume that she was too distraught to give any sort of a speech, and that there was this minute hope on the behalf of the campaign that the figures would work out for democrats, that some votes would still come together, that maybe there was the chance of a recount. but when you look at what we have this morning here, they are quite clear. i do not see any possibility of any kind of a challenge or recount here it there was a phone call from hillary clinton to donald trump congratulating him on his victory. that has already happened. at some point we will have to hear from hillary clinton. she will have to concede in front of the cameras.
that is something that happens in u.s. democracy, and she of course criticized donald trump widely for maybe not potentially acaccepting the outcome of this election were he not to win. in the end, it was her who did not make a concession speech, and it was john podesta, her campaign manager, who came out and little really said this is all we have for now. you will hear more from us in the morning. in the meantime, there are more votes to be counted. it really is up to hillary clinton and president obama to make it official. molly: what is next for the trump campaign? what are we going to see in terms of the transition and also in terms of the now president-elect putting together his cabinet, his team? philip: that is something that will happen very quickly, not too far from here. there are transition offices for both campaigns. they are a block away from the white house, in the same building. chris christie is actually in
charge of the transition for president-elect trump. he will be responsible for putting together this candidate. there is a lot of speculation over who might be in his potential cabinet. it will be thosese who supported donald trump from day one. there were vy y few of them, but that includes the former speaker ,f the house of representatives newt gingrich, a real possibility for secretary of state. no one expected that to happen. rudyr new york mayor giuliani, also one of f the big supporters of donald trump.. he might have a role as attorney general. these are some of the big decisions donald trump will have to make, and every single one of them will be conontroversial because of how controversial this whole campaign season has been. molly: let's also get to the other races we saw take place concerning congress.
the senate and the house of representatives. republicans are holding on strong. philip: absolutely. republicans have kept control both of the senate and the u.s. house of representatives. democrats thought they had a really strong possibility of getting back the senate. at one point he even thought when things were going well for them in the opinion polls, that they might be in with a chance of getting control of the house of representatives. absolutely none of that has happened, meaning donald trump will have a republican-controlled congress with him, making it much easier for him to complete some of the promises he came up with on the campaign trail. which ones he might start off with, we will have to wait and see. in his victory speech last night, he said his first priority, surprisingly, would be infrastructure, rebuilding roads and bridges. maybe he will get the support he needs from a republican-controlled congress very quickly for that.
there will be very little opposition to donald trump. that is the worrying thing for democrats. he will have two houses in his favor, and he will be the man who will be able to nominate new supreme court justices. this is very important indeed, and possibly one of the big reasons he was elected in the first place. he will be able, during the next four years, to designate supreme court justices who will be conservative and not liberal, who will be taking some of the most important decisions there can possibly be in u.s. politics. important part of this donald trump victory, not necessarily giving him control of free print -- of three branches of government, but a lot of influence. in the executive and the white house, and the legislative branch with republican control in the senate and the house of representatives, and the judicial branch, with the possibility of nominating at least one supreme court justice
quickly, possibly more in the near future. it is certainly not a rosy picture for democrats. are weck question -- getting any indication in terms of the third-party candidates? johnson and jill stein -- do we have any indication as to how they impacted the results, the outcome they are showing? philip: that is one possible analysis. the two of them got up to around 5% of the votes, i believe, nationwide. if that 5% had gone to hillary clinton, she could well have won this presidential race. we do not know if those votes were taken away from her or from donald trump. the theory was that jill stein, the candidate for the green party, would take away votes from hillary clinton, and that more likely tos take votes away from donald trump. there are a lot of people out there today who are criticizingg thosose who voted rr these two
third-party candidates for the protest vote. a protest vote for not having enough of a role in this presidential election. these two third-party candidates had very little media attention, and that is why some of their voters stuck with them and decided to vote for them no matter what, despite the lack of a possibility of actually electing them to the white house. i do not think there will be a definitive analysis as to what is an impact -- out of -- as to what kind of an impact third-party candidates had on hillary clinton". they took some away from her and some away from trump. molly: excuse me. philip crowther reporting on donald trump's victory. my apologies for that. we will turn our attention now to the set. i want to bring you in here. we heard from philip crowther, talking about an unopposed
trump when it comes to the house of representatives and the senate. how unopposed is that? there has been so much discord in the campaign between donald trump and the republican party. >> it has been an extremely divisive campaign. even after news of his victory, there have been reverberations of shock in the republican party. they need to unify. we have seen some signs of that was one ofspeaker the first to come out and congratulate donald trump after having bad blood with him. there are some issues that i imagine, more domestic issues rather than foreign policy, that will continue to divide the foreign policy. is taxes. the other is the renegotiation
of trades. he talked about reworking nafta, which has been frightening for the economic -- for the international community. and then the stream controversy around the candidate. but perhaps the republicans that regularly have come out to actually protect him may come together on this point to try to brush this under the carpet. molly: i am going to bring in curtis here. -- nafta, trade, the major issues of sexual assault that came out toward the end of the campaign. but when we look at the numbers, the way women voted, that was a major issue. how much of the vote would trump lose from women? when it came to white female voters, it was not enormous. are you surprised by this? >> no, again, the rug has been
pulled out from what beats at the heart of america. america is a misogynistic country. there are so many cases of our misogyny, and america was not ready to elect a woman as president. hillary clinton has been demonized from the moment she first put her foot on the public stage when her husband ran for governor. molly: do you think they were not scared to elect a female can -- do you think they were not prepared to elect a female candidate, or just hillary clinton? >> both. hillary clinton has been the personification of everything that has been wrong in politics untruth,, elitism, questions of conspiracy, etc. a mediamanufactured by machinery that started when she first set foot on the public
stage, but exacerbated by her own behavior. landed bullets when she in bosnia, which did not happen. the whole idea of how she selected for you mail thing, etc., etc. -- and iy clinton think this is one of the things about this election, this whole reality tv show kind of election. we have two of the most controversial, unpopular people on both sides running for president. one deeply prepared. i mean, hillary clinton was, after all, in the white house for eight years with her husband. she was in the senate. she was secretary of state. these are not small accomplishments. against a candidate who is the least prepared person to occupy the oval office in the history of the american public. so there we have it. but america was just not ready
-- in spite of his misogyny and all of that, americans were willing to sweep it under the rug to give this guy who is saying the things that they want to hear -- he is saying that, but he is saying he wants to make america great again. we will overlook all of that because he will give my dignity back, my job back. we have seen this across history before. people inhave many the united states, not trump supporters, getting around once again. we will talk about that, across the world. we have seen surprises from -- even though lots of supporters coming in from different countries, we are going to cross now to get more internatational reaction. we are going to cross to brussels, where steve irvine -- where eve irvine joins us. what do you have for us? eve: it has to be said in the eu, the majority of leaders were backing the democrat, hillary
clinton. tothere are remarks today this news that it is donald trump who has clinched the keys to the white house. we are hearing a joint statement from the head of the eu council, and the commission is inviting donald trump for an e.u.-u.s. those, thierry instigate situations that have been in place for many decades. mr. gardner, you know the eu very well. a lot say that president donald trump will bring the u.s. further away from the eu. how do you feel? >> at any type of great change, there is fear. there is no doubt that something profound has happened in our politics, just as is happening in european politics. the center is being hollowed out, and the roots of rage are expressing themselves in ways that no one expected. we can condemn some of the ways
that the language has been used on the campaign trail, but what is very important is that together, on both sides of the atlantic, the business and political elites analyze t the roots of the rage and frustration, and also arrive to the coconclusion as to what to . clearly many people feel that our current system, business and political systems, are biased and the system is rigged and they are not benefiting from it. that is something that we need to address. >> how interested do you think donald trump is interested in the e.u.? he seems more interested in having close relationships with russia. >> i simply do not know. i'm glad the e.u. has sent an imitation -- an invitation for the summit, and that is important. when you look at the list of regional and global issues, huge challenges. the e.u. and the member states of europe are key partners in the united states. that is something that will stay, regardless of what happens, so there is no need to panic.
i understand the concern, but europe will remain a critical partner of the united states, no doubt. >> when it comes to the economy, the u.s. and the e.u. together make up 40% of the world posture the peak, the u.s. however, donald trump, we heard him in the campaign -- very anti-free trade. the trade partnership is looking like it will never happen, will it back up >> it obviously looks less likely now than a few weeks ago before the election, but remember, he wanted to do trade right way, his way, and he would like to find a free trade agreement with u.k. that will not be simple because the u.k. is in the process of leaving the e.u., which could take a long time. with him will have to take a number of years and it has to be ratified. so i would not jump to any conclusions. it is possible that with his new team, he decides that he is going to change the way we do a