All morning, world leaders have been responding to the news that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.
But the radio waves from Camp Hillary Clinton have remained ominously quiet. Until now.
The Democrat candidate spoke for the first time, hours after schedule, at 11.30am in New York (16.30GMT), making her first public appearance since it was announced that Trump will become the next Commander in Chief.
As New Yorkers woke up to a country divided, Clinton gave her concession speech at a hotel nearby the Javits Centre, where she was planning to deliver remarks last night, but was reportedly ‘too upset’ to do so.
In the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, a smiling Clinton addressed crowds that chanted her name, saying:
Thank you all very much. You’re a very rowdy group. Thank you my friends. Thank you very much for being here.
Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope he will be a successful president.
I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share. I feel pride and gratitude for the wonderful campaign we built together; this vast, diverse, creative, unruly campaign. Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life.
I know how disappointed you feel; because I feel it too and so do tens of millions of Americans.
This is painful and it will be for a long time but remember this: our campaign was never about one person or one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful and inclusive.
We have seen that America was more deeply divided than we though.
Donald Trump will be our president and we owe him and open mind and the chance to lead.
Let me add, our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years but all the time. So let’s do all we can to continue advancing all that we hold dear.
We believe the American dream is big enough for everyone.
Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer america we seek.
I am so grateful to stand with all of you.
To Barack and Michelle Obama; our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. We thank you for your graceful determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people cross the world.
President-elect Trump claimed 289 of the 270 necessary votes to be crowned victorious in this, the most bizarre and vicious presidential election in human history.
Once Trump claimed the majority in Wisconsin, just after 2.30am local time, Hillary’s race was lost and it became clear that by next January, Donald Trump would take his place in the White House.
He congratulated Hillary and her family on a well-fought battle.
Elusive reports suggest the female candidate’s campaign team have been in shock since the announcement.
The scenes at the former Secretary of State’s election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center were ones of devastation, with pro-Hillary supporters such as Marta Lunez praying on her knees as election results flooded in.Getty
Clinton was the front-runner for the Presidency in almost every national poll and even the bookies seemed to lose faith in Trump, putting him down for defeat with 5/1 odds until the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile, many Americans are left wondering how the opinion polls could have proven so inaccurate as they begin to pick up the pieces in the wake of this divisive democratic election.