Your Voice 2016
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Election day has come and gone, and now America must usher in what was once an unthinkable punchline: a Donald Trump presidency, and all the xenophobic, pussy-grabbing, bleeding-from-their-whatever policy that comes with him.
While a Trump White House represents a terrifying prospect for a good portion of the United States (to say nothing of the rest of the world) there are, of course, still those who leapt at the chance to congratulate the president-elect on his victory.
Among that distinguished group are people like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who took a lot of credit on Twitter for Trump’s improbable rise.
Trump’s win was also lauded on the website Virginia Dare, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as an “anti-immigrant and white nationalist hate site.” On Twitter, VDare hailed the “Trumpire” with a picture of Trump stuffed into a suit of armor better suited for a Manowar album cover than a head of state.
But the deplorable celebrations didn’t stop at America’s shores.
Across the pond, Nigel Farage, one of the lead campaigns for Britain leaving the European Union, was almost giddy at the prospect of it being “Brexit day in the US.”
He later praised Trump’s hard-fought win as a profile in “courage.”
Trump also received congratulations from far-right, Islamophobic Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who tweeted that Trump’s win was “a historic victory,” and a “revolution.”
Marie Le Pen, leader of France’s right-wing Front National party, also joined the chorus, tweeting her congratulations to “the free American people” before Trump had even clinched the win.
Adding their congratulations was Greece’s extremist right wing Golden Dawn party, which called Trump’s win a victory for anti-globalization efforts, and those who support “clean ethnic states.”
Of course, no Trump victory would be complete without a kind word from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who repeatedly earned the president-elect’s praise on the campaign trail.
Putin reportedly sent his congratulations to Trump via telegram, telling the president-elect he looks forward to “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting of each other’s positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.”
According to The Independent, Russia’s parliamentary body broke into applause upon hearing news of Trump’s win.