In what will now be remembered as the year that brought the world both Brexit and President Trump, the US made their decision last night after one of the longest and most disruptive campaigns in political history. Though projected to win by most media outlets, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not become the first female president of the United States.
Donald Trump won.
It’s a sentence we’re in shock to find ourselves typing, and like millions around the world, we are still trying to wrap our heads around the election outcome.
Shocked and horrified, many celebs took to Twitter last night to voice their opinion on the monumental election.
The day started out positive, with many, including President Obama, urging people to vote.
Today, progress is on the ballot. Go vote – then make sure your friends, your family, and everyone you know votes too.
— President Obama (@POTUS) November 8, 2016
Kelly Clarkson made this spot-on throwback American Idol joke.
😂😂😂 just kidding Justin 😜 pic.twitter.com/9uQhldb500
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) November 8, 2016
Many were excited to show off their ‘I Voted’ stickers on social media and encouraged others to get to the polls.
If I can my ass up this early and vote. You can too. Let’s go family!!! pic.twitter.com/0vtn1HtdKa
— Ice Cube (@icecube) November 8, 2016
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) November 8, 2016
As the polls began closing and the results looked increasingly dire, many Clinton supporters, including Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham, tried to remain positive.
— #CountryOfKindness (@ladygaga) November 9, 2016
Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson tried to keep the hope alive.
Is this really what America wants? I can’t wrap my mind around this! I still have hope.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 9, 2016
But as the night continued, actor Cheyenne Jackson felt like someone was playing a terrible joke on him
A true American Horror Story
— Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) November 9, 2016
As the results of the tight race continued trickling in, it became clear that even if Clinton did succeed, it would be in an America that was more negative than people realized.
What I’ve learned so far tonight: America is WAAAAAAAAY more sexist than it is racist. And it’s pretty fucking racist. #ElectionNight
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 9, 2016
With the results coming in late into the night and early morning, many celebs went to bed worried about what they would tell their children and themselves in the morning.
I’m going to kiss my sleeping son and go to bed. Tomorrow I’ll keep trying to raise him right in a world that just got a whole lot scarier.
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) November 9, 2016
I went to sleep early. Woke up to this. To my fellow humans outside of the US. We don’t want this. And we are heartbroken.
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) November 9, 2016
G’night. Here’s hoping that we wake up resolved, still believing that this country, though it meanders, will lunge toward perfection.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) November 9, 2016
Comedian Ricky Gervais tried to keep the mood light ahead of the final tally.
I dreamt that the guy from The Apprentice had become President of The United States of America. Haha. pic.twitter.com/tJaBMdaaYh
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 9, 2016
With the results finally in, celebs like Seth MacFarlane, Rashida Jones, Kate Walsh, Rose McGowan, Judd Apatow and Matt McGorry didn’t mince words.
A climate-denying, anti-equality, anti-reproductive rights establishment has been installed, so yes, we’re allowed our online meltdowns.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 9, 2016
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) November 9, 2016
This is a national disaster. An illiterate, bigoted, misogynistic, racist, rapist has become president. I have no words
— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) November 9, 2016
Make no mistake, this is a white nationalist take over.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 9, 2016
I wonder what the KKK expects Donald Trump do. Good time to be a builder. Soon no regulations. No hard hats. No permits! Just money!
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 9, 2016
White supremacy won again: the story of America. It’s never been not been this.
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) November 9, 2016
Other celebs tried to remain optimistic. Actor America Ferrera provided an example of some positive change from the election.
Here’s how we react to hateful and divisive people in elected positions. We keep showing up and we vote them out. Way to go Arizona! https://t.co/XbzCsFiLIs
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 9, 2016
Clinton supporters Katy Perry and Mark Ruffalo urged Americans to keep working towards change.
Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that will let HATE lead us.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 9, 2016
You know what we do now? We finish building what we started and we FIGHT BACK! Lift your heads up brothers and sisters.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 9, 2016
Sarah Silverman reminded her followers of one of history’s darkest times when a leader caused irreparable damage, while also including a glimmer of goodness.
“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank pic.twitter.com/40lgFTgJeJ
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 9, 2016
Kris Jenner urged Americans to unite and work together.
This is the beginning of a new chapter for our country, and together we must embrace it so that we can move forward as one.
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) November 9, 2016
Comedian Chelsea Handler offered her condolences to the outgoing first family, who have made huge strides in positive change in the US.
My condolences to the President and First Lady. We will keep aiming high. We may not have you honored you this time, but we will honor you.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 9, 2016
Actor Kal Penn reminded Americans that there are many things worth fighting for to protect.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) November 9, 2016
But this doesn’t mean we’re ready to hear the words ‘President Trump.’
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 9, 2016