Many on social media were shocked, outraged, confused and giddy with disbelief as they faced the reality of a US presidency under Donald J Trump.

As Tuesday's election night was heating up with a widely held expectation that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, her Republican rival Donald Trump started picking up several key states.

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Here is a selection of tweets that capture this historic and astonishing moment in American politics:

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Source: Al Jazeera News