It's official: Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, despite losing to Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes in an election marred by Russian hacking, Republican-directed voter suppression, DNC incompetence, and FBI interference. Though some states have yet to cast their electoral votes today, with this evening's vote in Texas, Trump has passed the 270 mark necessary to become president. The former game show host and beauty pageant owner will take the oath of office on Friday, January 20th, 2017.


Below, Emma Lazarus's poem The New Colossus, which was written in 1883 to raise funds for the construction of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. Today is a dark day for those who value the Enlightenment concepts of tolerance, liberty, and science, but Trump's victory, as ugly and xenophobic as it is, does not erase or alter these ideals. Those who believe in an America of progress and equality remain solidly in the majority, and we will grow stronger in our resistance.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"