Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States.
The former The Apprentice host has been formally selected by the Electoral College to become the 45th Commander-in-Chief. As predicted, Republican electors did not defect and cast a ballot for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, ultimately resulting in Trump nabbing more than the 270 votes needed for his final push into the White House on Monday (Dec. 19, 2016).
According to NPR, some electors actually tried to defect from Clinton as three Democratic electors in Maine, Minnesota and Colorado tried to vote for candidates other than the former Secretary of State. However, the electors’ votes were disallowed because of rules binding them to their respective state’s popular vote.
Only two Republican electors defected from Trump and voted for another candidate. A third elector resigned and was replaced by an alternate, who cast a ballot for Trump.
Trump reacted to the news by tweeting. Naturally, he had to get a few jabs about the media in his statement as well.
We did it! Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2016