Donald Trump is America's next president. Let that sink in for a moment. The businessman-turned-Republican nominee swept to victory on Tuesday as a fragmented United States prepared to usher in a new era. Heading in to Tuesday's vote, Mr Trump was an outsider and Hillary Clinton was the firm favourite. Few saw the result coming but most agree it will have global repercussions. In New York City, Trump headquarters is hosting a victory party that will go well into the night. While the champagne flowed, Hillary Clinton pulled out of an appearance at her own party. The rest of the world is coming to grips with the reality of Donald Trump leading the free world. This is how the world reacted.
HIGH PROFILE AMERICANSAmerican political activist Anthony "Van" Jones unleashed on Mr Trump, calling the results a "white lash" against a black president and against a changing America. "There's another side to this," he told CNN. "People have talked about a miracle. I'm hearing about a nightmare. It's hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids 'Don't be a bully', you tell your kids 'Don't be a bigot', you tell your kids 'Do your homework and be prepared'.
"I have Muslim friends that are texting me tonight saying 'Should I leave the country?' I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight. This was many things, this was a rebellion against the elites, but it was also something else. "We haven't talked about race. This was a white lash against a changing country, it was a white lash against a black president in part. That's the part where the pain comes."
Welcome to the #WhiteLash.— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 9, 2016
Is this really what America wants? I can't wrap my mind around this! I still have hope.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 9, 2016
I truly cannot visualize the rambling, incoherent creature I saw at the debates now addressing the nation from the Oval Office.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 9, 2016
Dear world. I apologize. We are all speechless.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) November 9, 2016
Dear Muslim, Mexican, immigrant, refugee, handicapped, black, gay, female humans beings, & also dear Earth...you are not forgotten. Promise— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) November 9, 2016
Gonna cry my false eye lashes off tonight.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 9, 2016
However this ends, that's where we begin.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 9, 2016
I am just absolutely beside myself right now. I can't believe the way this thing has turned. Trying to remain hopeful but geeez louise.— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) November 9, 2016
Is it possible that this country is more sexist than racist? May God help us all.— I'm With Her (@Alyssa_Milano) November 9, 2016
The number of "I'm scared" and "my heart is broken" texts I've gotten in the last 20 minutes breaks my heart... Man oh man America...— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) November 9, 2016
This is an embarrassing night for America. We've let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We've let a bully set our course. I'm devastated.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 9, 2016
You know what we do now? We finish building what we started and we FIGHT BACK! Lift your heads up brothers and sisters.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 9, 2016
Anyone else wanna puke?— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) November 9, 2016
AUSTRALIAMalcolm Turnbull waited until Donald Trump had accepted victory before making an official comment. He thanked President Barack Obama before moving on to the "historic" campaign. "Let me reassure all Australians, the ties that bind Australia and the United States are profound and strong and based on our enduring national interests.
America go home, you are drunk.— James Mathison (@jamesmathison) November 9, 2016
Sick to the pit of my stomach. Might be the ice cream. Pretty sure it's the result of the election. Im out. Tomorrow it starts for real.— Daniel MacPherson (@DanMacPherson) November 9, 2016
REST OF THE WORLDTo understand how America responded to the news, one only needed to visit the Canadian immigration website. Or try. The official government of Canada immigration site crashed around 2.30pm AEDT Wednesday as news of a Mr Trump presidency appeared more and more likely. News.com.au could not access the site two hours later.
Not joking: Canada's Immigration site just crashed. #Elections2016— Peter Shankman (@petershankman) November 9, 2016
If you're willing to add money to a fund, I'll buy a commune compound for us in Canada.— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) November 9, 2016
The response from the French Ambassador to the US summed up some of the discord towards the United States. On Twitter, Gerard Araud wrote: "After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness." The tweet has since been deleted. British politician Nigel Farage, who led the push for Brexit, was in a buoyant mood on Wednesday. He said he was not "particularly surprised". "You know, 2016 is going to be the year of two great political revolutions. I thought Brexit was big but boy, this looks like it's going to be even bigger."
Canada just started building a wall— Dubskie (@Dubskie) November 9, 2016