By WVUA 23 Web Writer Serena Bailey

Some call it a miracle. Others say it’s a nightmare. Either way, pundits and pollsters are still scratching their heads wondering how they could not see Donald Trump’s presidential upset coming.

University of Alabama Associate Professor of Political Science Allen Linken said Trump is the ultimate outsider and a large chunk of voters no longer trust Washington.

“Donald Trump has a hard group of supporters that believe in him, that believe strongly in him, and believe that Washington is a corrupt insider system,” Allen said. “He played to those beliefs he played to those attitudes and I think you saw the general population, at least 48 percent of which are really frustrated with Washington, really frustrated with how things have been going.”

As the dust continues to settle and the last of the confetti is cleaned up, people all around the country are coming to terms with who the new U.S. president will be. And the reactions are as mixed as they have been this entire election.

From the moment Trump was named President elect, there were scenes of celebration side-by-side with those taking to the streets in protest of results. Those protests continued through today.

In his victory speech, Trump said he promised to heal a divided America and work with everyone.

“For those of you who’ve chosen not to support me, there are a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country,” Trump said.

And many of those who had major concerns about Trump, even in his own party, congratulated him on his victory.

A victory many people did not seen coming.

“He connected in ways with people no one else did,” said Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “He turned politics on its head. This is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime.”

Reaction has been mixed around the world. Russian president Vladimir Putin said he looks forward to restoring relations with the U.S. while the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, had some harsh words about the election outcome.

“What we have to do is deal with him now and deal with the trading issue and the wall issue,” Fox said. “Of course, Mexico will never pay for that … wall.”


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