By midnight, things were not looking good in the Clinton camp. After their earlier expressions of panic and disbelief, many stars seemed to resign themselves to the probable outcome of a Trump presidency.
By Curtis Houck | | November 9, 2016 | 1:40 AM EST
The 2016 presidential election began breaking toward Republican Donald Trump as Tuesday night wore on into Wednesday and over on CBS, Slate columnist Jamelle Bouie repeatedly played the race card and even shamefully compared the surprise and repudiation of the establishment to racists and segregationists defeating Civil War Reconstruction.
By Scott Whitlock | | November 9, 2016 | 1:10 AM EST
The celebrity freak out continued on election night as Trump did well all over the country. The liberal women of The View anchored live coverage on the Lifetime network. Actor and host D.L. Hughley appeared as a guest and sneered, “people are talking about leaving. My daddy survived Jim Crow, I can survive Donald Trump.”
By Scott Whitlock | | November 8, 2016 | 11:50 PM EST
With Donald Trump doing significantly better than predicted in many states on election night, Daily Show host Trevor Noah opened his show by admitting he was “shitting his pants” over the results and by America’s “hate.” He also declared it the “end of the world.” Noah mourned, “It is election night, 11PM on the east coast. 8 out west and 9am tomorrow in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which is where we may soon want to live. This is it, the end of the presidential race and it feels like the end of the world.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | November 8, 2016 | 11:48 PM EST
As Election Tuesday marched, the stability of Hillary Clinton’s Rust Belt “fire wall” defense was clearly in doubt. As Ohio fell to Trump, and Michigan and Wisconsin poised to do the same, CNN’s Jake Tapper admitted that the experts obviously missed something. “We still don't know what's going to happen in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or New Hampshire,” he explained to his colleagues, “But Donald Trump is competitive in all four of them, and it is entirely possible that -- that there is a wave out there that the pollsters and the predictors and all the vote modelers did not see coming at all.”
By Sarah Stites | | November 8, 2016 | 11:28 PM EST
Around 10 p.m., Hollywood stars began to panic. Hillary Clinton wasn’t as far ahead as they had expected her to be. In fact, the race was far from a landslide. Reflecting the anxiety of the Tinsel Town set, actress Mia Farrow re-tweeted a NYT poll showing that, as of 9:40 pm, Trump had a 55-percent chance of winning the election. As a comment on the tweet, she simply posted: “Xanax.”
By Curtis Houck | | November 8, 2016 | 11:27 PM EST
With the presidential election returns on Tuesday remaining close well past 10:00 p.m. Eastern, a few figures in the major broadcast networks began to take stock of the situation (with some not taking it as well as others) with NBC’s Tom Brokaw and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd admitting that we may have “totally underestimated” and looked down on “rural America.”
By Curtis Houck | | November 8, 2016 | 9:51 PM EST
Just after the 9:00 p.m. Eastern hour on Election Night, Donald Trump remained ahead in Florida and it triggered CBS This Morning co-host and Obama family friend Gayle King into two brief freak-outs at the closeness of the election between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
By Brad Wilmouth | | November 8, 2016 | 9:10 PM EST
Appearing as a panel member on a special noon edition of Tuesday's At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein accused Republicans of engaging in "voter suppression" and "voter intimidation" in this year's elections, and claimed that "they don't want a bigger tent and won't say it out loud."
By Scott Whitlock | | November 8, 2016 | 8:11 PM EST
Considering the liberal bias of the Washington Post, it's probably not shocking that the papers’s official endorsements for various offices include six Democrats and just one Republican. Naturally, the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In Maryland, the Post gave the nod to four Democrats. For Congress, Anthony Brown, John Delaney and Jamie B. Raskin. In the Senate race, the editorial board chose Chris Van Hollen.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | November 8, 2016 | 8:06 PM EST
Minutes after the first polls closed on election night Clinton lackey George Stephanopoulos kicked it over to ABC’s “former leader” Charlie Gibson for his take on the election. After poking fun at the former ABC anchor for how long he had been cover politics, Gibson let it all out. “You know, what's dismaying, George, … I haven't seen much majesty in this campaign,” he whined to Stephanopoulos.
By Curtis Houck | | November 8, 2016 | 7:37 PM EST
The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC were all live at 6:30 p.m. Eastern leading into their Election Night coverage and predictably, they were already giddy at scenes of Hillary supporters crying and the Clinton campaign’s election night event featuring a glass ceiling.
By Scott Whitlock | | November 8, 2016 | 7:16 PM EST
Before polls closed on Election Day, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had already vomited a bewildering story. Talking about how candidates spend the early part of elections nights, Matthews related, “Jack Kennedy did this. Ben Bradlee, his buddy, they went up to see a porn movie.”
By Matthew Balan | | November 8, 2016 | 5:19 PM EST
CNN's Alisyn Camerota one-upped her Big Three network peers on Tuesday's New Day by pressing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine over running mate Hillary Clinton's not having a "message of unity" during their campaign. Camerota played a clip of Mrs. Clinton claiming she will "be a president for all Americans" and wondered, "Why hasn't Hillary Clinton been hitting that message harder for more weeks and months?" The same morning, ABC and CBS's morning newscasts also interviewed Kaine, but went much easier on the Virginia senator.
By Sam Dorman | | November 8, 2016 | 5:01 PM EST
The liberal news media have been rabidly anti-Trump throughout the campaign. But that bias intensified as polling time neared.
The day before the U.S. election, Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald launched a Twitterstorm of “top 129 findings from my investigation of Trump.” All but one of those tweets were negative toward the Republican presidential nominee and cited all manner of transgressions from “deception” and “lies,” to destruction of documents, business failures and claims he “cheats at golf.”