Nov 09, 2016 08:37 AM EST By Lauren DuBois

Election Day Results 2016: Most Pivotal Moments of President-Elect Donald Trump's Campaign [PHOTOS]

A look back at key moments from his campaign It was a long hard road to the presidency, but after clinching the 270 needed electoral votes, Donald Trump has officially won the Election, and will officially be sworn in as 45th President of the United States this January.

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  • It was a long hard road to the presidency, but after clinching the 270 needed electoral votes, Donald Trump has officially won the Election, and will officially be sworn in as 45th President of the United States this January.
    His campaign was marked with both highs and lows, as he made waves with his sometimes outlandish and controversial statements, and also dealt with a huge blow to his campaign after a video surfaced of him bragging about being able to sexually assault women, which was followed up by claims from several women that said he had actually done so.
    Here's a look back at the biggest moments of his campaign:
  • June 2015: Donald Trump announces his candidacy with a brash approach, setting the tone for his campaign with comments about Mexico, saying that they only sent over "drug dealers and rapists," and promising he would build a wall on the U.S.'s Southern Border, and make Mexico pay for it. His repeated claims that it would happen were later refuted multiple times by Mexico, saying they would not pay for the wall.
  • December 2015: After initially making waves for his comments about Mexicans, Trump once again riled up claims he was being racist after terrorist attacks by ISIS and sympathizers both in Paris (in the deadliest terrorist attack in the country's history) and San Bernardino, California, by calling for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
  • July 2016: Trump's acceptance of the Republican Nomination at the Convention was marred by both his dark tone, and accusations that his wife, Melania, plagiarized her speech from Michelle Obama's own that she gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in support of her husband.
  • August 2016: Donald Trump shocked many when he appeared to call on his "Second Amendment People" to assassinate Hillary Clinton if she won the election, by saying, "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people—Maybe there is, I don't know."
  • September 2016: Trump renounced former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who was an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton and said that Trump called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" when she competed for him, going on a Twitter rant at 3 a.m. where he called her "disgusting" and falsely alluded to her having made a sex tape
  • September 2016: Trump never released his tax returns, something every major candidate for President has done for years, but a return from 1995 was leaked by the New York Times, which showed that Trump took advantage of a loophole that may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for 18 years, something he said "made him smart."
  • October 2016: October Surprise also hit his campaign early in the month, after a 2005 tape surfaced of him bragging to Billy Bush that he could sexually assault women and get away with it because he was famous, and admitting that he sometimes kissed women he found attractive without their consent because he couldn't stop himself from doing so.
  • October 2016: Mere days after the tape leaked, women became coming forward with their own stories of encounters with Trump over the years, revealing times he groped or kissed them without consent. Trump called them all liars and threatened to sue them after the election was over.
  • October 2016: During the Final Debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump both galvanized her supporters with the comment "Nasty Woman," which became a badge of honor for many who supported her, but also with his hint that he would refuse to accept the results of the Election unless he won, saying he would keep us "in suspense" and seemed to cast doubt on American Democracy.
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