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In Pictures: Trump’s Road to the White House

Magnum photographers capture the campaign that led to Donald Trump becoming President-elect of the United States

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Susan Meiselas Donald J. Trump speaks to the RNC. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Protestors outside of the DNC. Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Donald J. Trump speaks to the RNC. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Parliament square the day after Britain voted to leave the EU. London, UK. June 24th, 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Republican National Convention. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco Television broadcast of the second Presidential Debate between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump. October 9, 2016. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Al Balbasaro, a Trump supporter. Outside the Republican National Convention. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Outside the Republican National Convention. Protestor wearing a diaper. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Outside the Republican National Convention. Women for Trump. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael The crowd at a Donald Trump rally at Verizon Center on the eve of the primary. Donald Trump ultimately won the Republican primary and Bernie Sanders won the Democratic. Manchester, NH, USA. 2016. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak TV screenshots of first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at New York's Hofstra University. NY, USA. 26th September, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Protesters rally during the Republican National Convention. Cleveland has a population of 396,815 and 35.9% live below the poverty level. Cleveland, USA. Ohio. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Republican National Convention. Christopher Harvey with Texas delegation. Darryl Glen from El Paso speaks to the RNC. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas On the Floor of the RNC. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Adryana Boyne, Hispanic strategist with Henry Childs, Georgia delegate. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Republican National Convention. Along Media Row, E. 4th Street. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell On the street outside the Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia, USA. July 26, 2016. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Donald J. Trump with Gov. Mike Pence, final celebration at the RNC. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Republican National Convention. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell On the street outside the Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia, USA. July 26, 2016. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos

Wednesday November 9, 2016, at almost 2.45am in New York city, following a phone call from Hillary Clinton conceding the election, Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence took to the stage at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. “The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new Champion,” he said.

Trump arrived shortly after, met by a red-hatted crowd chanting “USA, USA”. After commending Hillary Clinton for a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, Trump said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division…It is time for us to come together as one united people.” Rather than talking about locking Clinton up – a key motif in his campaign rhetoric – Trump said that the nation owed her a debt of gratitude for her hard work.

“This politics stuff is nasty and it’s tough,” Trump conceded. Following a campaign – or rather, “movement” in Trump’s words – that divided America along all kinds of fault lines including race, gender and class, Trump spoke of unification: “For those who have chosen not to support us in the past – of which there were a few people – I am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together to unify our great country.”

Touching on his ambitions to ‘Make America Great Again,’ Trump described his plans to create jobs and “rebuild infrastructure,” which were met by the crowd with shouts of “Build a wall.”

After thanking his close colleagues and family, Trump left the stage to the The Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – the original track and a version featuring a choir – despite being asked repeatedly by the band to stop using their music.

This slideshow takes a look back at the campaign that led to this point.