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From Miley Cyrus’ tears to Lady Gaga’s protest, Donald Trump’s election has elicited a variety of responses from Hollywood’s elite.

However, at this early stage, few stars have surmised America’s current political situation as eloquently as The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence.

In an open letter for Vice’s Broadly, the 26-year-old Kentucky native has encouraged US citizens to transform their current state of anger and fear into a form of hopeful resolution.

Surmising the feelings of those left marginalised by Trump’s rise to power, the Oscar-winner wrote: “Is this the stark reality?…This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.”

“I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this?  It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves.”

As an outspoken opponent of the President-elect, Jennifer continued by offering seemingly modest solutions to the anxieties of her peers.

“If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbour more than you’ve ever tried to before – no matter what they believe or who they voted for.”

“If you're afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.”

“If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say.  I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you.  Except to have hope.  To work for the future.”

The actress’ powerful letter finished by recognising that the current mood is apt, but suggested that those left disappointed by the election’s result must continue to strive for progress.

“We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was.  But we mustn’t be defeated.  We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair.  It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail.  And like Hillary, it might not work.”

“But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done.  Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you!  Let it motivate you!  Let this be the fire you didn't have before.  If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don't be afraid, be loud!”

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A little after 11.30am local time from the New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, a clearly deflated but nevertheless resolute Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech.

And it was tinged with heartfelt words of passion which moved many around her to tears.

In the aftermath of a defeat that shocked the world, her address marked the first time that the 69-year-old politician publicly reached out to her supporters.

Walking out onto the stage in the last hour, Ms Clinton was surrounded by continued applause and warm shouts of support.

As she called her Democratic nomination, “one of the greatest honours of my life,” her voice faltered with emotion.

“I am sorry that we did not win this election for the values we hold and the vision we share for this country,” she stated.

And though she admitted that “our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” she reiterated that “the American dream is big enough for all of us”.

She furthermore highlighted America’s “cherished” peaceful transferral of power, and said that President-elect Trump should be afforded “an open mind and a chance to lead”.

Indeed, drawing on the reality TV star’s own wording during his victory speech, early in her address she had stated that she hoped Donald would indeed “be a successful president for all Americans”.

“We poured our hearts into this campaign,” Clinton uttered, adding that she had spent her "entire adult life fighting for what I believe in".

Turning her attentions to the younger people of America – a group which had overwhelmingly leant its support to her campaign – she said: "I’ve had successes and I’ve had set backs – many really painful ones.

"You will have successes and set backs too but never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it."

Before her arrival on stage, a tearful-looking former vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, 58, emerged alongside his wife, Anne.

Talking to the crowd, he spoke of how Hillary “has been and is a history maker in everything she has done.”

“I’m proud of Hillary because she loves this country,” Kaine stated, highlighting that she had been “in battles before”.

“She’ll be in battles again,” he said, later adding: “Til her very last breath she’s going to be battling for the values that she believes in.”

Ms Clinton had planned to speak to the crowd at the Jacob Javits Center during the night.

However, when it became clear that her loss was all but inevitable only her animated campaign manager, John Podesta, appeared telling the shocked and dismayed gathering that there would be no comment until the morning.

Still, he managed to be positive. "We will be back, and we will have more to say," he announced. "Let's get those votes counted, and let's bring this home."

President-elect Donald Trump, who himself seemed surprised at the convincing nature of his win (a win which defied almost every poll published in advance of voting) had addressed his own supporters at around 3am at the city's Hilton hotel.

An hour later he called on his presidential rival to concede defeat – although he did say that America owed her "a major debt of gratitude for her debt to our country".

Clinton had secured 228 electoral votes compared to Trumps’ victorious 279. She did nab important swing states such as Virginia, Nevada, and Colorado, but the former Apprentice boss locked down Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida to storm to victory. 

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She’s never been one to hide her opinions, but last night Harry Potter creator JK Rowling offered America the best summary of its ongoing presidential race.

Taking to Twitter to comment on Hillary Clinton’s latest debate with Donald Trump, the author wrote: “Well, there you have it.  A highly intelligent, experienced woman just debated a giant orange Twitter egg.  Your move, America. #debate.”

Naturally social media users are loving the 51-year-old’s wit, as in the 13 hours since it was posted, the tweet has received more than 100,000 likes and has been retweeted 45,000 times.

In celebration of the statement, one user wrote: “They didn’t discuss climate change but JK Rowling SKEWERED Donald Trump on Twitter so everything’ll be fine.”

While another said: “JK Rowling just called Donald Trump an egg.  What a moment in history.”

Our thoughts exactly.

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From his hell raising guests to his close of show musings, we should have known Jerry Springer would have an interesting take on the first US Presidential debate of 2016.

On Monday night as Hillary and Donald battled it out over everything from nuclear weapons to Obama’s birth cert, the controversial talk show host set about constructing one of the best Trump tweets to hit the web this year.

The 72-year-old former soldier – who has made no secret of the fact he is avidly “with her” – wrote: “Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House.  Donald Trump belongs on my show.”

Naturally the Internet burst with applause for Jerry, with his tweet receiving more than a quarter of a million likes in just two days.

Is it too late to vote Springer?

 

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It was the first televised debate between US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – so understandably tensions were high.

As Americans (along with curious bystanders around the world) watched-on intently, the two politicians bashed it out over an intense 90-minute discussion held at Hofstra University just outside New York. 

In the aftermath, numerous commentators agreed that while Trump started strongly, he quickly spiralled out of control – becoming increasingly defensive and chaotic in the face of Clinton's cool and controlled demeanour. 

With hardened moderator Lester Holt directing proceedings, the Republican nominee was forced to angrily defended himself against charges of racism, sexism and tax avoidance.

Trump saw his biggest hits come courtesy of trade deal issues and Hillary's own political record, but the former Apprentice star nevertheless appeared under-prepared for a stage of such magnitude.

Here are are some of the main issue that the candidates disagreed on… 

 

1) On being president of the United States

TRUMP: "She doesn't have the stamina."

CLINTON: "As soon as he travels to 112 different countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire… or even when he stands in front of a congressional committee for 11 hours straight, he can talk to me about stamina."

 

2) On creating and supporting jobs

TRUMP: "Our jobs are fleeing the country."

CLINTON: "We have to build an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top."

 

3) On the economy

TRUMP: "Under my plan I will be reducing taxes tremendously – from 35 percent to 15 per cent for companies; small and big businesses. It's going to be a beautiful thing to watch."

CLINTON: "The kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. I call it 'Trumped up; trickled down.'"

 

4) On the issue of Barack Obama's birth-cert

TRUMP: "I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate – and I think I did a good job."

CLINTON: "He started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen."

 

5) On taxes:

TRUMP: "I will release my tax returns, against my lawyers' wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them I will release my tax returns."

CLINTON: "Maybe he doesn't want the American people – all of you watching tonight – to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes. That means zero for troops; zero for Vets. Because there's something he's hiding."

 

6) On track-records:

TRUMP: "Hillary has experience – but it's bad experience."

CLINTON: "This is a man who's called women pigs, slobs, and dogs."

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Ever since Donald Trump announced his bid for U.S presidency, the internet has been having an absolute field day.

One Irish model has even weighed in on his campaign.

 

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Roz Purcell, who worked for Trump’s agency in New York once upon a time has said that she is “not surprised” by his bid. She told RTE Ten:

“I don’t know whether he’s going to get it or not, but his campaign has definitely been very interesting to follow.”

In 2010, the Donald himself had picked Roz as the favourite to win the Miss Universe pageant, and he quickly signed her to his agency when she finished in seventh place.

At the time people also couldn’t help but notice her similarity to Donald’s wife Melania. Roz was quick to dismiss those notions, telling Irish Central: “No. C’mon, Melania is absolutely gorgeous. So I take it as a compliment. I think Donald Trump appreciates someone with a bit of character.”

Today the Tipperary native has much more interest in food. Her blog Natural Born Feeder has a huge following and has led her to head back to college to study nutritional therapy. She said it would be nice for her blog “to have a little bit more of a stamp of approval”.

She said that after her years modelling New York, she came to realise that “crash diets” didn’t cut it. She got sick of “trying to fit in a certain shape.”

We agree with Roz on the no crash dieting, we also agree with her about Donald’s “interesting” campaign.

Let’s have a look at some of his most interesting moments so far, shall we. 

His comment on the people of Mexico:

They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. 

His astute business observation on the state of American journalism:

When asked by ABC’s This Week  if he had any regrets:

I have said things that I could've held back. But not that often, surprisingly not that often, but certainly there have been occasions.

When he pointed to the racial tension which exists across the United States:

You look at Baltimore, you look at Cleveland. You look at all of those places, just exploding. We have an African-American president [and] we've never had it so bad.

His response to Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton’s disappointment with his immigration comments:

There's never been a Secretary of State so bad as Hillary. The world blew up around us. We lost everything, including all relationships. There wasn't one good thing that came out of that administration or her being Secretary of State.

Basically, any time he mentions Mexico he manages to stir up some controversy:

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She already has a significant presence on Twitter – amassing a total of 3.65m followers since she joined the social media platform two years ago.

But now Hillary Clinton has decided to branch out, signing up to Instagram.

And earlier today she shared her first snap: a row of her signature power pant suits in patriotic red, white, and royal blue. 

“Hard choices,” she playfully captioned the image. Incidentally, Hard Choices is also the title of her 2014 memoir. 

Ms Clinton, 67, is hoping to become president of the United States next year, and her campaign is already very much underway. Evidently, she is hoping that a strong social-media presence will assist her in reaching out to voters.

A recent Harvard University Institute Of Politics poll shows that 83 percent of 18-29 year-olds in the US are on Facebook, 44 percent are on Instagram and 39 percent are on Twitter. After Facebook, Instagram is the most popular social media tool for millennials.

Her new bio reads simply: "Doting grandmother, among other things. #Hillary2016"

 

Hard choices.

A photo posted by Hillary Clinton (@hillaryclinton) on

Just five hours after posting her inaugural photograph, it had notched up some 7,500 likes, with a total of 35,200 people opting to follow her.

Barack Obama joined the same photo-sharing service back in 2012 and now has 4m followers.

Hillary's preference for power trouser suits is much-documented – and indeed, it's a fashion choice that is sometimes mocked by commentators and her critics. 

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