Welp.

I think we all know how everyone’s day was today.

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Theresa Couchman was born in Upstate New York, went to school in Upstate New York, and currently resides in Upstate New York. She has a pair of impractical Master's Degrees and a taste for the pointlessly weird, and is occasionally funny on Twitter.
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55 Responses to Welp.

  1. hotspur says:

    I’m trying to tell myself it won’t be that bad. The Republicans won’t trash the ACA, the Iran deal, immigration, the environment — it would be suicide! And look, flip it: When we won, THEY were convinced that we’d take away all the guns, make the place socialist, end elections, declare war on Christmas — but we didn’t do any of that. So… all their panic was maybe only a natural overreaction to losing, with no bearing on reality. In other words, maybe overreacting is what we’re doing today, and the country will continue on, unchanged in 90% of its ways, as it has for 220+ years…

    But I’m not buying it. I think these people are savage assholes and really will trash the place. And to think that almost half my fellow citizens feel Trump is the better path… that’s tragic. That’s fucked.

    • catweazle says:

      Well the difference is that Obama never said he was going to do any of those things and Trump did.

      • catweazle says:

        Not that I think he can actually accomplish everything he’s said he would but with a Republican Congress and the ability to appoint a SC justice he can do a lotttt of damage.

      • hotspur says:

        Yeah. It’s awful. I know it is, and I’m fighting to live in denial. It’s potentially the worst thing that has happened in my lifetime, which includes 9/11. I should not have commented yet.

    • nastyemu says:

      If the ACA isn’t repealed I will eat my hat.

      • Erika says:

        I’m sure they’ll try, but Democrats could potentially block it with a filibuster.

        While a lot of Americans hate the ACA, I think they’d hate shitcanning it more. The Republicans’ best, and most likely, strategy is to whittle it down to make it less effective so they can eventually kill it some years down the road.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          The last polls about it (from a week or so ago) said it had 60% percent approval in the nation. That’s going to be hard to reverse once people realize what repealing it will do.

        • collin0truckasaurus says:

          But Republicans don’t care about approval – when 90% of Americans favored stronger gun control, the vast majority of Republicans still voted against it.

  2. Erika says:

    When all’s said and done, mostly I’m just embarrassed.

    This is stage one of Idiocracy. Stage two is electing a pro-wrestler to the presidency.

  3. Sota says:


    Today blows. I have taken a break from Facebook. I cant read anything anymore about either side of anything. I just need a breath.

    So here are new topics! Today is also the last day of my current job. I start the new job on Monday. I have some mixed feelings about this change, its nostalgic in a senioritis kind of way. The intern brought in treats, so I had a delicious scone this morning, and we have a goodbye happy hour tonight. I am excited about a new adventure. And tomorrow I am going to spend Thurs and Fri with my 90 year old Grandma and my Mom. So the rest of this week is looking up. Sigh.

  4. Kate says:

    My only solace is that most republicans in office hate him too, and he hates them. Maybe they’ll be locked in a struggle for control until we can undo this.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      I think he’s going to try and replace everyone and is going to be surprised when he can’t do that. Then he’ll bitch.

      • Erika says:

        Trump voice: What do you mean I can’t fire someone who was democratically elected?

        I wonder if he’s going to go the Governor Schwarzenegger route and use his “you’re fired” catchphrase relentlessly. (Although Schwarzenegger was arguably more pathetic since his catchphrases weren’t even his, they were from SNL.)

    • Commentatrix says:

      I’m holding out hope that this disaster might provoke a top-to-bottom reinvention of the GOP.

  5. catweazle says:

    This has caused me to make multiple earnest posts on Facebook which is SO not my brand. I honestly didn’t think it was possible this would happen. I woke up yesterday with an attitude like Mr. Darcy proposing to Elizabeth for the first time. I talked about stress and nervousness but I was SO SURE we had this. It’s rare that I give America too much credit, but here we are!

    Anyway, tonight NABI and I are doing Gilmore Girls trivia and I predict that we will get crunk.

    • flanny says:

      I did my earnest post after seeing my niece’s earnest post, and I thought I would regret it because I grow to regret most things were I say something important to me. But then my brother (who is gay) earnest posted on both our posts that he loved us and was proud to be in the same family as us and then I cried like a baby.

    • We are going to get so very crunk.

  6. flanny says:

    I’m actually at home sick today, and I started being sick even before I left work yesterday, so I don’t think I can blame election results. But this means I’ve spent the last fourteen hours in bed with a purring cat next to me. I’ve had this comment up for about an half an hour trying to think of a nice way to sum it all up, but I’ve got nothing. So I’m going to watch my cat sleep for a while.

  7. collin0truckasaurus says:

    I have to admit that I feel better than I did this morning. Maybe just a little time helped, but going through the motions of my job and seeing everyone band together over this seemed to help. Also I expected the markets to drop pretty significantly and I know that could happen at any minute, but the stability was a little reassuring.

    Still, if you have any ongoing health conditions, please make sure you don’t have a gap in insurance if you can help it – pretty sure ACA is going away and we all need to take care of ourselves.

  8. FRQ says:

    As I mentioned in the previous post, I sat through HRC’s entire concession speech. While it was mostly full of pleasantries thanking people and asking for unity, the one thing that stuck with me was her plea to never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. Obviously this outcome fucking sucks, and we certainly need time to mourn, but I’m focused on doing the best I can with the situation we have. I was born outside of the US, so it’s easier for me to leave here than most, but I’d rather stay and do everything I can to not let Fuckface McGhee and his shithead cronies ruin the country.

    Also, while the overall result was terrible, there were some small victories last night:
    – Marijuana was legalized in a bunch of places
    – Dipshit Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his re-election bid
    – An LGBT governor was elected for the first time ever
    – A bunch of minority women were elected into state and federal Congresses

  9. martinmegz says:

    I’m most worried about ignoring climate change and eliminating health care for millions. I think most of us will survive this, but there will be people who will die because of those two issues. People who voted Trump to “blow up the government” can fuck right off. All they did was help to cement total rule of this country by the Republican party.

    • collin0truckasaurus says:

      Agree on health care and climate change. I also really REALLY worry about the progress for the LGBT community, most notably marriage equality.

  10. artdorkgirl says:

    I basically turned my 10 am class into a therapy session this morning. We talked, we tried to laugh, I offered them candy. This is just such a stupid, stupid decision. I can’t fathom it right now. I’m worried about ACA, climate change, planned parenthood, and LGBT rights. I have friends that are worried their marriage will be invalidated! I’ve got friends that only have health care because of ACA and PP. I only live on one planet! UGH!

  11. I think the most depressing thing for me is that the numbers are showing that, once again, half the country just didn’t fucking vote. Just didn’t show up. For THIS election. Like…I don’t know. I don’t know why we need to keep learning the same lessons over and over and over again. We have the collective memory of elderly goldfish.

    • nastyemu says:

      Yep. Trump is going to end up with fewer votes than Romney got in 2012.

    • hotspur says:

      It was a specific strategy on the part of the GOP and GOP-friendly media, to depress turnout by endlessly promoting the idea that Hillary is corrupt. The regular media picked it up and ran with it because scandal = eyeballs. And so you end up with people thinking “What’s the difference, she’s as immoral as he is” instead of “One party wants to take away my health care and the other is trying to make college free.”

      That said, it does not excuse anyone who didn’t vote, or who voted for Trump. You have a job as a citizen, which is to pay attention and see through bullshit.

      • You’re definitely right, but I think there are also still so, so many people who just don’t bother, which is MIND-BOGGLING. I talked to people today who seemed barely aware that there had even been an election.

  12. collin0truckasaurus says:

    I think the silver lining is how aggressively everyone is banding together to support and fight.

    • Sota says:

      Agreed. I’ve been thinking I need to get involved more. Do some volunteering and be more civicly minded. We can’t sit back anymore.

  13. martinmegz says:

    The manager at my favorite lunch spot gave me my lunch for free because I was upset and then I burst into tears! Trump can take my freedom but he can’t take my rice bowl.

  14. Commentatrix says:

    Welp is right. It’s almost EOD and I still don’t feel any better than I did last night or this morning. I’m feeling downright nihilistic and so, so tempted to grab my dog and burn my entire life to the ground. After my friend’s death last month and now this, I just can’t bring myself to care much about my job or activities or health and whatnot. I know I should keep making responsible choices and like, buck up and fight, but honestly, WHAT IS THE POINT. Truly can’t remember feeling this hopeless in my entire life, ever. And to discover the small number of people at work who preferred/hoped for this outcome and/or the idiots who are “choosing to stay positive” and saying things like “we just need to accept it”… FUCK RIGHT OFF LITERALLY. I am disgusted.

  15. I think because my company got acquired about a month ago I just sort of felt numb to all this. I haven’t had much control in things in my life and this was just another thing. Also, I spent most of last night trying to talk down my very drunk gentleman friend who was way more upset than I expected. So that distracted me but also caused me to get about 2 hours of sleep.

    So I’m going to go to trivia with catweazle and drink a bunch. Then I’m going to make a sizable donation to planned parenthood that my company will match. Then I am going to pass the fuck out.

  16. catweazle says:

    Guys I am arguing with an old college crush on FB who insists that this is all the DNC’s fault for not nominating Bernie and Hillary’s fault for “not doing enough to get out the vote” why did I have such terrible taste in men?????????????

    • hotspur says:

      I had to walk away from a Twitter battle with a similar tweeter this morning, and then a friend texted me similar sentiments. “Bernie would have won!” Oh really, what’s that based on? Him not winning the primaries? So frustrating to feel like we have to put out these fires while there is a fucking volcano erupting right in front of us.

      • Sota says:

        After crying on the bus on the way to work this morning I decided to cut myself off of social media around 1030 am and that helped tremendously. This is hard.

      • nastyemu says:

        I’m not going to say Bernie would have won, because I don’t know if that’s true and it doesn’t matter anyway. But if Dems are going to recover from this, they need to understand why she was a bad candidate for a lot progressive voters. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two of her most disappointing results on Tuesday were in states where Bernie beat her in the primary (MI & WI). It doesn’t excuse not voting or protest voting, but the DNC needs to understand that they alienated a lot of people or we’re fucked.

      • mordonez says:

        I hesitate to comment here, because I don’t want to add to anyone’s pain, pain that I sincerely share. Bernie was probably not the answer, even if I’d preferred him. With that said, I have to think that had it not been Hillary’s “turn”, we could have found someone less polarizing. Hillary was simultaneously demonized by the right (for 24 years) and seen as an agent of stagnation/adherence to corporate interests by many on the left. .

        She had my vote,of course, and she likely had the votes of many in Wisconsin who couldn’t meet strict voter ID laws, and those in NC who saw the number of polling places slashed dramatically. In conclusion, Fuuuuuck.

      • Erika says:

        People who think Bernie could have won buy into the dangerous liberal belief that the U.S. is more liberal than it is. I think he easily could have been another McGovern. That said, it’s damning that the Republicans let their insane base nominate Trump with no obvious interference from the bigwigs at the top, while the “liberal” Democrats squelched our populist candidate.

  17. actionjackson5 says:

    I’m torn between cutting myself off from the news entirely (they’re the ones who COMPLETELY blew it with predictions and polling) and reading up on what will likely happen the orange one’s first 100 days. Twenty million more Americans have health insurance now because of ACA. I’m captain white privilege here, so I’ll be fine, but because I’m not selfish robot and I have some family with preexisting conditions, I’m really worried about this.

    And popular vote vs. electoral college? It’s 2000 all over again. The problem with that is that most of the millennials have no freaking idea what happened in 2000. It was almost 17 years ago! Some potential voters were one year old during Gore/Bush. They might learn the hard way that elections have consequences.

    • flanny says:

      I told one of my students that the first Presidential election I ever voted in was the 2000 election and she was just like, “What?” And I was like, “HANGING CHADS?????” Nothing. I think we really need to reassess what constitutes “history” in textbooks. Because I barely learned about Watergate and I wonder if it’s because it was within my teachers’ lifetimes, so they assumed we all knew about it. (But probably in the near future we won’t have textbooks. We’ll just have Bibles and Art of the Deal.)

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