UPDATE: Today is World Freedom Day, started by then-President George W. Bush, observed by President Obama, and the day Donald J. Trump became the 45th POTUS. Since 2001, it’s been a day to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. You can watch President Ronald Reagan’s speech here.
You and I just witnessed “the biggest upset in political history” when the pundits finally announced our next president, Donald J. Trump.
I’ll never forget today.
After casting my ballot, I went for a nice relaxing run in the park, then had a quesadilla with chips and guac at a hipster joint in Brooklyn. Then I got ready for work. The anticipation felt a lot like Christmas morning (without the gifts). I read a timely devotion on the train about Elohim and how God is far beyond what we could ever think up. He is greater, etc.
When I got to work, there was a crowd gathered outside Fox News HQ to watch the election results.
The office was as full as I’ve ever seen it, with people from all over the country.
The Super Bowl of politics was a night I’d anticipated since my first day at Fox, last April.
The night started out as pundits planned…until Ohio, my home state, where my little sister voted for the first time (proud older brother), went for Trump. Then North Carolina. Then Florida. Then Wisconsin…
Followed by a lull — a very long lull.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign decided against a concession speech and ironically, had Podesta, the guy who’s emails we’ve been reading in the news, briefly address the crowd. No cracked ceilings. No women speaking on the stage. Fireworks and all, cancelled.
Around 3 am, the race was finally called for Trump as he surpassed the magical 270 number with Pennsylvania. The celebration began with a speech from his running mate, Mike Pence, and then the man himself, Donald Trump graciously spoke about Hillary and the need for everyone to come together as the work to make America great again starts now.
I left the building, seeing Trump supporters cheering and waving signs around.
You and I witnessed America’s “Brexit” as political pundits across the mainstream media panicked, while many average Americans were not nearly as surprised. My advice to members of the media: leave your cities every now and then to visit the places you call “fly over states.” Maybe you won’t be as shocked next time.
Now is the time to apply for a job in Hollywood because there’s going to be a mass deportation of celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Cher, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, and Amy Schumer. (Unlike politicians, maybe they’ll keep their promise — fingers crossed!)
There’s plenty of time for analysis on why all this happened, but for now, I’m just pondering the fact that, yes, indeed, it happened.
Donald Trump took on the political establishment, the mainstream media, and the Clinton machine — and won.
It turns out my mom got her birthday wish after all!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates Trump on victory: