The United States woke up one year ago today to the reality that Donald Trump had been elected president. Here's how Twitter reacted.

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Nov. 9, 2016: The morning Twitter woke up to a Trump victory

One year ago, America woke up to Donald Trump’s victory. It’s been getting more woke ever since.


Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Published Nov 9, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:43 am CDT

One year ago today, America woke up to the reality that it had unexpectedly elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

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Given how divisive and nasty the election had become in the months prior, it was no shock that Twitter reacted in dozens of ways to the news that Trump had defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. Despite his rival earning approximately 3 million more votes than him, a triumph in the Electoral College propelled Trump to victory. 

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Most of you reading this probably remember where you were when you heard the news and remember how you felt—good, bad, ugly, scared, elated, or frustrated. You weren’t alone in feeling that way, and you’re not alone feeling a mix of those emotions on a daily basis over the past 365 days.

A lot has happened since last year (seriously—it’s absurd how much has happened). Here’s a look at how people reacted online to last year’s election, in the immediate aftermath.

Pain, shock, and memes:

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Happiness for Trump:

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With elections on Tuesday–which sent a whole host of other emotions flying about–next year’s midterms, and another presidential election in 2020, you can bet there will be more reactions like this (and more) to look forward to.

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2017, 5:30 am CST