observations and opinion
Is it tasteless hyperbole to compare the realization of Trump’s victory with the November 1963 shooting of President Kennedy? Yes, and I plead guilty on both counts.
But for millions (in fact, the majority of people who voted in the United States and those watching around the world), Trump’s Electoral College victory on November 8, 2016 was jarring, sickening, frightening and shocking. For this writer, it was evident early, when I saw early numbers like this:
I would say the election result was “shocking but not surprising”, mainly because in the days prior to the vote I had reached a terrible inner sense of dread that Trump’s victory was become more than just possible. Many signs showed Clinton was weaker than she had to be, to secure victory.
We had our TVs on and our laptops and phones ready for the torrent of voting results as they burst out of the machines and boxes starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. As illustrated below, two friends (I’m the green bubbles) came to queasy realizations after 8:30 that night. For me, it was all over before 9 p.m. and after walking the dog, I went to be early. “She needs four or five miracles” I said at bedtime. “I would sooner wake up to find out they happened, than stay up and watch them not.”
They didn’t happen.