In a win that has surprised pundits and pollsters, the real-estate entrepreneur and reality-television star Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States.
His rise to the highest office in the country seemed improbable, as his campaign consistently provoked anger and criticism for statements and actions many viewed as outrageous—racist, xenophobic, and misogynist.
From his initial announcement, Trump sparked controversy, launching his run for the presidency with a speech that labeled many Mexican immigrants to the US “rapists.”
In the year that followed, there were many more provocative moments, at times involving personal attacks on Trump’s critics, or even mocking their physical appearances. The biggest blow came when a video surfaced in which Trump bragged about groping women without their consent.
At each turn, commentators predicted the demise of Trump’s campaign. Yet through each scandalous event, Trump consolidated his base and built his support.
Finally, even after Democrat Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the polls, Trump came out on top after the votes were tallied.
Time and again it seemed the Trump campaign should have died, and yet it didn’t. Here is a timeline of some of the events that might have, but never did, end his run for the presidency:
July 19, 2015: Donald Trump says John McCain is not a war hero—and finally alienates the Republican base
August 16, 2015: Trump: Eyes effort to deport native-born children of immigrants living illegally in US
September 9, 2015: Donald Trump mocks rival Carly Fiorina’s face: ‘Look at that face, would anyone vote for that?’
November 12, 2015: Donald Trump promises ‘deportation force’ to remove 11 million
November 19, 2015: Trump’s plan for a Muslim database draws comparison to Nazi Germany
November 26, 2015: Donald Trump under fire for mocking disabled reporter
December 8, 2015: Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.
Feb. 22, 2016: Trump on protester: ‘I’d like to punch him in the face’
March 29, 2016: Trump Declares War On Conservative Reporter, Claims She Is Lying About Assault By Campaign Manager
May 5, 2016: Donald Trump’s Taco Bowl Hilariously Backfires
June 12, 2016: Donald Trump on Orlando Shooting: “Appreciate the Congrats for Being Right on Radical Islamic Terrorism”
June 15, 2016: Donald Trump Claims Obama Secretly Supports ISIS, Cites Debunked Conspiracy Theory As Proof
Aug. 31, 2016: Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico is greeted with hostility
Sept. 30, 2016: Donald Trump Attacks Alicia Machado’s Past and Hillary Clinton’s Judgement in 3 A.M. Twitter Storm
Nov. 9, 2016: All the moments the Trump campaign should have died but didn’t, told in headlines
(ThinkProgress|Politico|NBC|New York Magazine|The Huffington Post|Time|Slate|The Wall Street Journal|People|Daily Beast|The Guardian|The Atlantic|Quartz)