Donald J. Trump will remain the president of the United States after yesterday's national election. Tuesday's vote followed one of the calmest campaigns seen in recent years, as the opposition Democrats failed to meet new standards for their party's nominees for national offices. There was elation nationwide as the Republican party also retained control of the Senate and House of Representatives, representing the longest duration any single party has controlled both houses on congress and the presidency.
"This is a huge victory for America," Donald Trump declared to tens of thousands of his supporters gathered for a victory party in front of the newly renamed Trump Monument. "We will continue to Make America Great Again!" Over the course of his three hour victory speech, Trump outlined his plans for his continuing task of re-establishing America's greatness. This included an announcement of his latest five year plan for the country. Though details of the plan were vague, he emphasized that it was his greatest plan yet. Immediately after leaving the stage after his second encore, Trump took his first call from a foreign leader following his re-election. He accepted a call from Russian president Vladimir Putin, with administration insiders remarking that Trump was ecstatic to hear from his friend so soon after the votes were counted.
This election featured an unusually large turnout, topping 100% in some rural precincts. This led Trump to a victory with over 100% of the popular vote and, naturally, 100% of the electoral college vote. Political pundits are struggling to explain the unusual numbers, though most believe it was caused by previous under-reporting of the numbers of voters on local rolls.
"There was definitely higher enthusiasm than we've seen in previous elections," Natt Silber of the website 583 told the Tribune. "Sure, I guess it's technically possible that there were mistakes on the voter rolls and the turnout was 100%."
Other pollsters were more confident in the outcome and the credibility of the election. "This is exactly what we expected," said a spokesman for the National Policy Institute. "Our polls were spot on, almost down to the vote. I think we've done a great job on this election."
The president's re-election comes four years after another unprecedented presidential victory. In 2032, was elected with a landslide 95% of the electoral college vote, as well as receiving 45.7% of the popular vote. While the gap was larger than usual, it is the sixth election in which a president has won the electoral college while falling just shy of winning the popular vote.
In addition to being the first time that a president has been elected to a sixth term, this election also represents the first father-son pairing on a presidential ticket; president Trump selected his son Donald Trump, Jr. as his vice-presidential nominee. The new vice president-elect was on stage with his father at last night's victory rally, seen with a hair style matching his father's famous (and now popular) hairdo.
Voters at the rally were overjoyed by Trump's victory. "I can't believe he's gonna be around to keep making this country better and better," said supporter Joe-Hunter Smith. He sported a red hat with Trump's latest campaign slogan Make America Greater Again and numerous American flags. Smith said that he has been out of work as a coal miner for nine years, but he is confident that Trump will bring his job back. "I don't believe that this solar nonsense is gonna stick around. Some days it gets cloudy, but we always got coal in the ground."
Other supporters expressed hope that Trump's victory would lead to the appointment of a ninth conservative justice to the supreme court. William Jefferson III voted for the first time in this election, then drove down from his home in New Hampshire to Washington for the rally. "Trump has done so much for my family," Jefferson said. "We've had the chance to prosper under his administration. I've only known life under Trump, but my parents told me about what it used to be like before our great leader - they said I almost had to go to a public college." Asked about what excited him the most about Trump's sixth term, Jefferson cited the supreme court. "Right now there's a liberal justice on the court who could still throw a wrench in the works. But I think Ginsberg will finally kick it in the next few years and we'll get real justice on the court." He was particularly a fan of one of Trump's prospective nominees, New York state senator Robert Kiser. Jefferson appreciated Kiser's experience with the law: "He knows what it's like to be in court. I can't keep track of how many times he's been a defendent, but he knows the court room inside and out."
Democratic presidential candidate Dillon Kennedy did not deliver a concession speech last night. Mr. Kennedy has not been seen in public since reports by the media and Trump campaign in August that he lied to voters about his policy positions.