Well, on the bight side, they knew they should cancel the fireworks. This election was a nail-bitter. Everyone’s emotions were high and it’s no surprise these people were visibly upset about the outcome.
A stony silence turned to sheer horror early Wednesday for Hillary Clinton’s supporters at what was meant to be her presidential victory party as it became painfully clear she would not close the gap with Donald Trump.
One by one, states turned Republican red on the interactive map of the country. One by one, dejected Clinton fans left in tears without even seeing their beloved candidate.
‘It’s a nightmare,’ said Jeannette Barbasch, a 50-something Clinton backer leaving the cavernous Javits Center on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, which had been decked out in American flags for Clinton’s expected win.
‘We’re totally distraught – we never thought this could happen.’
Brian Smith, a 40-year-old consultant from New York, said he simply could not process what had happened.
‘It’s been too overwhelming to see things shift in a day, in an hour, in a minute,’ he lamented.
Indeed, no one was expecting such a violent slap in the face. Some were saying it would be close, but no one imagined the night would turn into a political funeral for the 69-year-old former first lady, senator and secretary of state.
Faces once bright with the hope of seeing America’s first female president elected started growing longer and longer at about 9pm Tuesday, when the results appeared to be leaning Trump’s way.
‘Not great,’ said Joan Divenuti, a retired rail worker who came from Massachusetts. ‘Florida was always a problem,’ she said, shaking her head.
It was not long before the US television networks called the Sunshine State for Trump.