>> Donald Trump pulling off a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton to be become the 45th president of United States, Tuesday. Capping one of the most astonishing political rises in American history. Trump claiming the narrow victory by crashing through Clinton's defenses in traditionally Democratic Midwestern states, while sweeping reliable Republican states in the South and West.
The New York developer and reality TV star, shredding the political rulebook on his way to victory over Hillary Clinton. His inflammatory rhetoric and penchant for Twitter rants vexing GOP leaders but winning the loyalty of millions of white voters, many of them working class who believe Trump could save them from what he called a rigged system.
>> We're going to drain this swamp>> Trump promoted himself as the ultimate success story. He dated beautiful women, married three of them, had his own television reality show, and erected skyscrapers that bore his name in big gold letters. Critics pointed to bankruptcies, failed casinos and evidence he avoided paying taxes.
But Trump vowing he could bring back US jobs.>> But his path to the White House often taking dark detours. Even from the first day when he shocked the political world by railing against Mexican immigrants.>> They're bringing crime, they're rapists.>> Build that wall became a mantra as Trump, who never held elective office until now, used freewheeling rallies and confrontational debate appearances to tear through a deep field of more experienced GOP candidates from Jeb Bush to Ted Cruz to Marco Rubio.
The anti-immigration battlecry also drawing support from white nationalists, who Trump at times seemed reluctant to disavow. Just one of a constant stream of controversies fueled by his pension for crude or inappropriate comments. Slamming former POW Senator John McCain for being captured in Vietnam and going after the family of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq.
Little of it seemed to slow his charge until a decade-old tape of him casually discussing sexual assault seemed to seriously imperil his chances.>> And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.>> Once he secured the Republican nomination, Trump was widely seen as the underdog to former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
But constant questions about her use of private email while serving as Secretary of State, including the brief reopening of the FBI's investigation in the campaign's final two weeks. Plus Trump's strong late surgence in swing states, like Ohio, Florida and North Carolina, all allowed him to make the unprecedented leap from the private sector to the White House.