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Donald Trump formally elected president by electoral college

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Donald Trump 'is attacking the institutions which protect the American way of life.' Photo: Getty
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Donald Trump has secured 270 votes in the Electoral College to formally win the United States presidency.

Votes from Texas electors put Mr Trump over the top, despite two Republican electors casting protest votes.

An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing and the process unfolded largely according to its traditions.

That didn’t stop thousands of protesters converging on state capitals across the US.

More than 200 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures at Pennsylvania’s capitol, chanting, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” and “No treason, no Trump!”.

In Madison, Wisconsin, protesters shouted, cried and sang Silent Night.

In Augusta, Maine, they banged on drums and held signs that said, “Don’t let Putin Pick Our President”, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In November’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of nearly three million, however she only gained 232 electors after losing crucial swing states.

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