The tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign came to a close Tuesday night when Donald Trump was declared the 45th president of the United States. Trump accepted the presidency in a speech at his election night headquarters in the New York Hilton Midtown. Here are all the pivotal moments and speeches from election night.
Donald Trump Accepts The Presidency
Donald Trump was declared the next president of the United States just before 3 a.m. EST. He made his presidential acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown. Flanked by his children and his wife, the future president discussed the importance of uniting as a country, pledging to be president for all Americans.
John Podesta Speaks On Behalf Of Clinton
Hillary Clinton did not appear at her election night headquarters in New York to concede the election. Campaign chairman John Podesta spoke instead, urging supporters to hold out hope and explaining that Clinton would appear to hand the election to Trump. Trump later announced that Clinton conceded in a phone call to him.
Trump Supporters Celebrate Victory
The Trump campaign celebrated their new president on election night at the New York Hilton Midtown, reveling in the candidate's victory. Trump's supporters watched as the candidate took state after state, erupting in cheers as the election was called a little before 3 a.m.
Clinton Supporters React To Loss
The mood was somber at Clinton's election night party at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York following the candidate's defeat. Supporters watched in horror as votes for Clinton trailed those for Trump as the night progressed. Clinton and her family did not make an appearance, though campaign chairman John Podesta made a speech toward the end of the night.
The Empire State Building Lit Up With Results
CNN, Instagram and CA technologies teamed up to stream 32 stories worth of election results on the Empire State Building's south facade in New York City.