#SluggerLIVE Blog: Join us here for the crack and for the night…

So we’re LIVE to bring you a Slugger-eyed view of the best bits of the US election and sharing it with you. If you also register with 24liveblog.com you can also comment internally, and to share bits on Twitter or in the usual way below the fold.

We’ll blog right through the night and into the morning, and we’ll stay open for final thoughts from the team.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Obelisk

    I always accepted the possibility that Trump could win, and reckoned myself a clever fellow for advocating the possibility even as those I spoke with said Clinton was inevitable. Yet I too am a fool, because even though I said he might win…never in my heart of hearts, even after Brexit, did I think he would actually win.

    Yet here sit, in the morning, slack-jawed and stunned at the victory of a demagogue who remains manifestly unfit for office. Not only is he the President-elect, but his right wing party are now in the ascendant in all branches of the American government.

    The Democratic coalition that was supposed to dominate American politics, reflective of the ‘true America’ has been shown as a mirage. If they are the ‘true america’ they didn’t show up or decided they could vote for Jill Stein.

    More likely, what Trump always claimed would happen, happened. Those who had stopped voting altogether in previous cycles, old and white and feeling disenfranchised returned in droves. Maybe it’s their final cry before they stop voting permanently, but they are here, now, and they have spoken.

    So, the right is in the ascendant. And Trump may have those of us of a centrist or left wing persuasion to feel positively nostalgic for ol’ Dubya.

    Still, maybe now that they have all the levers of the government in their hands they can prove themselves to be the saviours of the US they have always said they were.

    My biggest disappointment is of course over the inevitable scaling back or scrapping of their commitments to tackle climate change. That’s something that affects us all.

    Sure, those efforts were modest and probably of limited value but they were something, something that could be built upon.

    2016 is going to be an inflection point in the history of the West, and a reactionary path has been chosen.

    Maybe it’ll all work out in the end?

  • Abucs

    Another great result for the underdog, President Donald J Trump.

    The Left always tell us that the right side of politics is just about to disappear. That they are ignorant, sexist, homophobic, racist deplorable people not as enlightened as themselves.

    Yet the most politically incorrect candidate with political, media, corporate and activist establishments all against him, just cut through all that ******** and won a break through victory.

    Hopefully President Trump will now heal the inner cities, bring jobs to the working class, fix the education system, appoint non Progressive SC judges, project strength and safety around the world and look to fix the fiscal problems of the US.

  • On the fence!

    Yet again the silent majority have spoken!

  • hgreen

    Maths not a strong point? Hillary could win the popular vote.

  • hgreen

    You do understand that just because Trump won doesn’t mean that many on the right aren’t ignorant, sexist, homophobic or racist,

  • On the fence!

    Well personal insult and bitterness IS your strong point after all.

    But don’t worry, I realise you will be hurting today,


  • hgreen

    Don’t really care who the Americans elect. I enjoy however highlighting clear lies.

  • On the fence!

    Good luck with that!

  • lizmcneill

    Don’t forget suppression of the black vote in swing states controlled by Republican governors.