I grew up in small-town America, with ultra-conservative beliefs and values. When it came to politics, I knew nothing other than my duty to vote a Republican, straight-party ticket.
Now, grown and living among a more diverse group of people who are often anything but conservative, I found myself deeply invested in this election. For the first time, I made my own decisions, and I even changed my party affiliation to independent because that is exactly how I felt — free and detached.
For weeks, I confidently and arrogantly proclaimed that the glass ceiling would shatter Nov. 8, and I was even considering buying a pantsuit. I voted with both my heart and my mind on every question and candidate, and I snagged that “I Voted” sticker with pride.
And then I woke up Nov. 9. Devastated.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? I sulked, I cried, and I racked my brain as to how others felt so strongly opposite of what I believed absolutely true.
For the first half of Wednesday, I avoided social media and the inevitable comments and articles I knew would take me further down a rabbit hole of depression. By the afternoon, I decided to check in and see how my fellow Americans were handling it.
I eased in with Instagram, figuring there would at least be a few cute kid pics, but my feed was eerily low on content. As some people went back to normal life, others made melancholy comments on their happy posts, like, “Glad someone could smile today …”
I moved on to Twitter, my happy place of sarcasm and like-minded citizens, ready to find out that I wasn’t overreacting or grieving alone. I found comfort in spades. The amount of Trump support I saw, especially from those from whom I didn’t expect it, took me aback. But I also found a lot of great humor, some surprising positivity and a country that will continue to fight for the future.
Sarcasm trumps my hateful attitude
I’m voting for Regina George because she got hit by that bus.
— Betches (@betchesluvthis) November 8, 2016
Regina George isn’t voting for trump. You shouldn’t vote for trump. pic.twitter.com/HuP1JGnVBU
— Hayley Nevins (@hayley_nevins) November 5, 2016
Just was watching the news… maybe they’ll ask me to sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at the inauguration, ha!
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) November 9, 2016
This old Trump tweet is haunting me pic.twitter.com/lQXg6kuQBG
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) November 9, 2016
“Well, I may have to start packing”
— CNN (@CNN) November 10, 2016
Dear Media, I implore you to remain vigilant & closely monitor how President Trump uses email. This is obviously the most important issue.
— Betty F*ckin’ White (@BettyFckinWhite) November 10, 2016
Celebration from Trump, ‘celebrity’ support
Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP! @realDonaldTrump against all odds ..against the establishment and even against most from the GOP..U did it!
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 9, 2016
— Stephen Baldwin (@StephenBaldwin7) November 9, 2016
— Antonio Sabáto Jr (@antoniosabatojr) November 9, 2016
Working through it
Any time a Republican says they’re the party of “family values” from now on you can say “the fuck you are.”
— Wampus (@wampusreynolds) November 9, 2016
It’s been pitch black since 5:30 and Trump is president and science still can’t make organic peanut butter taste good so I’m going to bed
— Jack Fowler (@jackfowlerart) November 10, 2016
On Trump: The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally. https://t.co/RsuB0MHvh3
— Hanna Rosin (@HannaRosin) November 9, 2016
I’ve come to a decision. I’ll not spend 1 minute more mourning the election & get back to work on my new memoir, “Too Busy To Die.”
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) November 10, 2016
Good vibes and positivity
The one thing we have all learned in 2016 is don’t give up when down 3-1. That’s all.
— Ezra Cooperstein (@ezracooper) November 9, 2016
I can only hope that we can heal the cancer of hatred that has been exposed. It was here the whole time. Let the work begin. Choose love. ?
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 9, 2016
“This too shall pass.”-My mom.
And she’s never been wrong about it.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 9, 2016
May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 9, 2016
Yesterday, for the first time ever, more Americans voted for a woman than a man to be president. I think that’s worth acknowledging.
— Andy Moore (@andyokc) November 9, 2016
And the most important for myself and others who felt a personal loss:
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
— Hillary Clinton
Thanks Hillary, and don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere.