For many people of colour and Muslims looking in, the fact that the race ended up becoming such a closely fought one should settle any doubts regarding the scale and scope and ultimately the appetite of white supremacy in America, activists say.

“The closeness of this election is indicative of the undercurrent of racism and classism that continues to drive a substantial part of the American public,” said Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“I would have liked to believe that after four years of everything horrible that Trump did, this would have been easy; that for anyone that was sitting on the sidelines or optimistic about Trump in 2016, that this would have been easy. But that it has come so close and we are down to the wire, tells me that no matter who wins, our work must continue.”