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You can't always get what you want ... and whether they wanted him or not, US must accept new President - Donald Trump

By Claire Williamson

It was a front row seat to history in a week that saw America change for ever.

This presidential election will be remembered as one of the most divisive, toxic and sensational political battles of all time.

Travelling through three key states, following the last week of the campaign, gave an unparalleled insight into the White House race between the billionaire property tycoon and the Washington political veteran.

After months of public berating and scandal, it was clear that neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton were overwhelmingly popular with the people.

But it was Trump who managed to tap into the sentiment of dissatisfaction among the American white working-class.

Trump aimed his rallying cry at those who wanted a change from the status quo - regardless of facts or the reality of fulfilling promises such as the infamous pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Meanwhile, rival Hillary Clinton, with a long career in American politics, hoped to shatter the glass ceiling by becoming the first female President with her message of "stronger together".

But her message failed to resonate against the rising desire for change.

Following the campaign trail through Washington DC, Richmond in Virginia and finally Detroit, Michigan, gave a fascinating insight into what it takes to turn a state red or blue.

Many felt that Trump could make real change for them in terms of employment, and for that they put their trust in him.

Others told of their terror at the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.

Few people get the chance to witness a President's speech. But I saw President Obama speak for Clinton and then, just hours later, Trump's final rally before he became President-elect.

Trump's rallies had a persona of their own, and in his last one he whipped the crowd into a frenzy. But just hours later he appeared to have taken a crash course in the art of diplomacy.

In his victory speech he had transformed from a political wannabe in a baseball cap who wasn't trusted with his own Twitter account, to a man appearing measured and presidential.

His campaign soundtrack, You Can't Always Get What You Want, was perhaps a symbolic message that sacrifices will be made from his original fiery campaign.

Fears of unrest and violence dominated the election and now thousands are protesting against their new President-elect.

But ultimately, the American people made their voice heard the loudest in the ballots. And having fulfilled the country's motto of "out of many, one", the world awaits the impact.

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