“Today we make America great.”
This is what Donald Trump posted on his twitter page, 22 hours ago.
Today Scotland, along with the rest of the world, wakes to a new US President. Donald Trump is victorious against his rival Hilary Clinton.
Scottish political leaders have expressed their shock and disappointment after Donald Trump took a surprise victory earlier today.
Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour and strong Clinton’s supporter, wrote a comment piece published on The Times website a few days ago. She said “Yes, Clinton can – if she withstands the crazy”.
There was hope in her words, a hope that was destroyed this morning when Trump gained enough votes to defeat Clinton. “Cannot believe my eyes-what a dismal desperate day,” Dugdale said today.
Kezia Dugdale is not the only Scottish Clinton-supporter now struggling to come to terms with the results.
Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, tweeted: “OK America, you have had your fun now. You’ve given us all a good scare. Time to be serious, and make the bad man go away”. This morning, after finding out the official result, he simply tweets “sickening”.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the US was “turning inwards”, and that the UK therefore has a “duty to advance Western democratic values”.
However UKIP’s leader in Scotland, David Coburn, insisted the new president would be a “good thing for Scotland” because of his long connections to the country.
Nicola Sturgeon, whilst Americans were casting their votes, said she thought Clinton had the experience, strength and resilience to make a “good president.”
After the results Sturgeon stated: “The ties between Scotland and America are long-standing, they are very deep and they are enduring. And whatever the outcome of the election I respect that outcome and will continue to work to ensure that those relationships, which are not just relationships of family and culture but also very important business and economic relationships, continue to be in good health.”
More than 1,000 students from Edinburgh’s Universities watched the battle for the White House unfold in the city centre.
Organised by Edinburgh University North American Society and the Edinburgh Political Union, the sold-out event in Potterrow had TV screens broadcast results live from across the Atlantic, with experts from the school of history providing live analysis on the results throughout the night.
The Golf Tavern extended it’s license until 5 am to broadcast the results. We asked the Scottish crowd how they think these elections are going to affect our country.
“It will affect the world’s economy” said James, “ I am afraid it will potentially affect our ability to travel.”
Andrew said this election seemed to be “a new chapter after Brexit.” Perhaps it is for this reason many Scottish people could empathise with the many Americans leaving the pub in tears early this morning.