As it slowly dawned on the world that Donald Trump is going to be handed the nuclear codes, millions were left stunned at the decision to people of the United States made on who their future president was to be.
Was this a bad dream? A hallucination?
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made this public service announcement following the revelations about Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comments - and many are finding it more pertinent than ever before now.
She told viewers: “You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream.
“Also you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell.
“This is your life now. This is our election now. This is us. This is our country.
As Trump was elected as the US’ 45th president, stock markets tanked, the dollar plunged and many commentators compared the result to ‘Brexit’ and the anti-Establishment anger that fuelled Britain’s exit from the EU.
In his victory speech at Trump Tower in New York - given after Clinton had conceded in a phone call to her rival - he said it was “time for us to come together as one united people”, and promised to reach out to opponents for “your guidance and help”.