Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at about 9:30 a.m. MST Wednesday morning conceding the US presidential election to Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, major global media outlets have been shocked by Trump's astonishing victory, describing the US president-elect as "dangerous" and unpredictable.
Here is a round-up of some of the media reaction, via AFP:
-- "The US has elected its most dangerous leader. We have plenty to fear. The people of America have stepped into the abyss. The new president-elect is an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar. He is capable of anything." (The Guardian, Britain).
-- "That wasn't a campaign. That was a national crisis. And at the end was the worst possible catastrophe: Donald Trump is president of the United States. The unimaginable has become reality." (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany).
-- "The news coming from the north is bad for Mexico and bad for the world." (Cronica del Hoy, Mexico).
-- "Trumpocalypse... Shock. A thunder bolt. And dizziness at the thought that Donald Trump will be unpacking his bags in the White House in scarcely two and a half months. The world's leading power is from now on in the hands of the far-right. Fifty percent of Americans voted in all conscience for a racist, lying, sexist, vulgar, hateful candidate." (Liberation, France).
-- "Revenge of the deplorables. The most extraordinary presidential campaign in modern history ends in humiliation for Hillary, the pollsters and the elites of business and show business as the voters America forgot sweep Donald to victory." (Daily Mail, Britain).
-- "Trump's victory confirms the vitality of American democracy, which has the ability to transform itself continuously, but the victory also produces both inside and outside the United States a deluge of uncertainty due to the winner's unpredictability. Trump has to explain what he wants to do. In the meantime, the rest of the world has to digest what has happened tonight: the people of the revolution are knocking at our doors." (La Stampa, Italy).
-- "President Donald Trump will declare economic war on our biggest customer (China), wipe unprecedented amounts off global stock markets, usher in extraordinary financial instability, and risk turning the world's biggest economy into a basket case by pushing its national debt past 100 per cent of GDP." (The Age, Australia).
-- "Seen from Paris, Trump's victory, coming after Brexit, is an additional warning. In the world that has opened up with this election, anything is possible -- even that which we have difficulty facing up to -- an extremist party taking power. (Le Monde, France).
--Left-leaning TAZ in Germany calls Trump's win: "A victory of the horror-clowns", adding: "Donald Trump said in his victory speech -- as all victory speeches on election nights -– that the country must now unite. From his mouth, it's a call for the underlings to submit to him unconditionally. The horror clown has now obtained the chance to actually get serious about this."
-- "Coarse populism has triumphed over good sense ... America's democracy stands before a major test: it is to be feared that Trump will do everything to outwit his political opponents. He threatened critical journalists during the election campaign. His supporters have shouted 'lock her up' -– in reference to his opponent Hillary Clinton ... Of course there is hope that the political system is strong enough to limit a president's fantasies of omnipotence. But there is no guarantee." (Spiegel online, Germany).
-- "An American tragedy." (New Yorker, US).
UPDATE: 11/9/16 4:50 AM MST
This was actually a not-entirely-horrible election night for women
So Hillary Clinton didn’t win the presidency, but plenty of other women had a better election night.
The organization Across Women’s Lives has been sharing the news throughtout the night:
More! 🇺🇸🎉 | For the first time in history, there will be three Asian American women in the U.S. Senate in January. https://t.co/Vodqg5kJbm— Across Women's Lives (@womenslives) November 9, 2016
UPDATE: 11/9/16 1:10 AM MST
'America will no longer settle for anything but the best'
Donald Trump has just finished delivering his victory speech in New York. It was triumphant but also conciliatory: He began by thanking Hillary Clinton, to whom he said the country owned "a major debt of service," then promised to be "president for all Americans."
"America will no longer settle for anything but the best," he said. "We must reclaim our country's destiny and dream big and bold and daring."
UPDATE: 11/9/16 12:40 AM MST
President-Elect Donald Trump: It’s official
The Associated Press has called the election for Donald Trump. He will be the 45th president of the United States.
BREAKING: Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. pic.twitter.com/yJpgfsAbc6— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2016
UPDATE: 11/9/16 11:30 PM MST
Are we looking at a 'black swan' election?
As Donald Trump appears to take the lead, one phrase commentators keep coming back to is “black swan election.”
No, it’s nothing to do with Natalie Portman in a tutu (more’s the pity). It refers to a theory developed by Lebanese-American thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb: He cites a Latin expression about something being “as rare as a black swan.” At the time, no one thought black swans existed. Except that they do.
In other words: Something that everyone thought was impossible might be entirely possible.
You probably get the metaphor by now.
UPDATE: 11/8/16 9:40 PM MST
Brexit, take 2? The world’s markets think so
With the battleground states of Ohio and Florida called for Donald Trump, and North Carolina looking likely, the world’s financial markets are contemplating the possibility that he might actually win this thing. And by “contemplating,” I mean “panicking wildly at.”
Here’s a snapshot of what's happening right now:
American and European markets are closed, but futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down to the tune of somewhere around 4 percent. Likewise futures for the S&P 500. Oil is losing value, too.
The DOW is now lower than it was on 9/11.— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) November 9, 2016
Let that sink in.#ElectionNight
Meanwhile the Mexican peso is currently the lowest it has ever been against the dollar. The currency has lost nearly 12 percent in the past few hours. That’s because a Trump White House would cancel Mexico’s free trade agreements with the US, not to mention make it pay to build a massive border wall.
The only big winner right now is gold: the “safe-haven” commodity has jumped nearly 4 percent. Nervous investors are also banking on silver, sovereign bonds and the Japanese yen.
It’s deja vu for analysts who watched markets nosedive after the UK surprised most by voting to leave the European Union. Election Night is already being compared to a “second Brexit.”