The liberal meltdown over the 2016 presidential election resurfaced on the front page of the local news section from Sunday’s Washington Post as journalists Michael Alison Chandler and Tara Bahrampour profiled snowflakes upset at Hillary Clinton’s loss who called in sick from work, wore black the day after the election, and even offered free acupuncture and tea for teary-eyed spa patrons.
In a piece that one could almost guarantee wouldn’t be written if Donald Trump had lost, the lengthy piece lamented that the range of emotions by liberals inside the D.C. area felt “shocked,” “numb,” and “[t]errified” at Trump presidency that sent many spiraling out of control.
The first of seven profiles prided a 38-year-old college professor as having hoped that it’d “be a good day to be a feminist” even though she claimed to have overhear a woman at a restaurant lamenting that Muslims are allowed to vote (which was printed without any proof of authenticity, of course).
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Once it was clear that Trump would become the 45th President of the United States, the reporters explained that this woman felt like her entire gender, faith as a Jewish person, and intelligence were ripped away in repudiation:
She said that she felt a pit in her stomach as she absorbed the notion that a quarter of eligible voters had chosen a candidate whose campaign had often appeared to hinge on racism and misogyny. Trump’s election felt like a referendum on her, she said, as an intellectual, a woman, a person with brown skin, a Jew.
Continuing to check off the boxes of stereotypical D.C.-area residents, the Post went next to a 60-year-old gay man from Silver Spring, MD who called in sick to work the day after the election because he had been so deeply affected by the disappointing results and despite Trump being a New York City liberal for much of his life, he felt concerned about his rights going forward.
“The past several days have also been about self-care: a lunch with friends, where no one talked politics; a night at the Baltimore symphony with his sister (although the two had tickets for Mahler’s “Tragic” Sixth Symphony). And he took his Norfolk terrier for long walks,” they added.
The wallowing by the bitter Clinton voters continued with comparisons between the result to losing a spouse, needing to dress like you’re attending a funeral, and a signal that immigrants will be deported in order for the President-elect’s border wall to be built.
Here are some of the more ridiculous highlights sprinkled throughout the rest of the story [emphasis mine]:
Maureen Betz was not a die-hard Clinton fan. She supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the primary, but she never dreamed Trump would be elected president.
At work the next day, at a nonprofit organization in the District, she struggled to maintain composure and offer support to staff members who were breaking down about the election results. She herself was devastated.
Driving to work that Wednesday morning, Tori Paide tuned in to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. When Clinton said, “to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable,” Paide thought of her own elementary school daughters and had an urge to pull to the side of the road to weep.
But the tears wouldn’t come.
This was not how she’d expected the day to unfold. Paide, of Glenelg, Md., had planned a “happy hour” of free acupuncture that night at Still Point, the wellness spa she owns in Takoma Park. The idea would be to help people de-stress after the drawn-out, painful election, to help them move on from Donald Trump.
Now, her clients were even more stressed. As the evening progressed, Paide ushered people upstairs to lounge chairs and popped needles into their hands, feet, and heads. Afterward, several joined her to drink rooibos tea and commiserate. They hadn’t slept well. They had stumbled through the day. They felt numb and choked and scared.
“It was kind of the feeling you have after a major breakup or some unexpected life change – maybe you didn’t see it coming and you’re like, ‘Oh, where do I go now?’” one woman, a yoga teacher, said.