On Tuesday night, President-elect Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history, defying all odds and abundant mockery to become the next leader of the free world. Trump backers were filled with vindication and hope, while liberals had nervous breakdowns; some threw temper tantrums in the streets and burned American flags; some displayed their notorious #tolerance by assaulting Trump supporters; and others, like those on the campus of Cornell University, staged "cry ins."
As reported by The Cornell Sun on Wednesday, over 50 fragile students gathered together on campus to "mourn" the Trump win with a "cry in," "braving the cold, wind and occasional rain," the Sun unironically notes.
Said "cry in" apparently included Cornellians sitting "in a circle to share stories and console each other" while organizers encouraged "attendees to gather closer together and 'include each other.'"
"Willard Straight Hall Resource Center employees gave out blankets, tissues and hot chocolate to keep participants warm, while students signed posters with words of encouragement and protest, including 'Donald Trump is not my president,'" reports the Sun.
Presumably, there were also coloring books and puppies passed out to advance their healing over the results of the peaceful democratic election.
The co-president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA) at Cornell, Zoe Maisel, helped organize the "cry in" late Tuesday night, after she was apparently triggered by the defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Maisel and co-president Cassidy Clark wanted the safe space for "those of us who have been fighting."
"We need to just take a break and just cry before … tomorrow we get back up and keep fighting, because people feel really, really powerless," said the advocate for killing the truly powerless, unborn children.
"This event was just to come together and support each other, because we’re all in shock right now," said freshman Alanna Salwen, design chair for PPGA at Cornell.
Maisel and company never even contemplated a Trump presidency, she said. "Two weeks ago, the co-president and I jokingly said ‘Oh, we need to do something if Trump wins,' but never actually thought that would happen," said Maisel.
"Maisel noted that the president elect’s rhetoric, specifically targeting minorities, immigrants and women, has devastated many who feel that they will be especially vulnerable and unwelcome in Trump’s America," reports the Sun.
“It is a really emotional time, for people who feel personally targeted by the rhetoric that’s been shared and the policies that have been talked about,” she added, afraid that baby-murder might be outlawed with the potential repeal of Roe v. Wade.
“I think now, we’re all just grieving… because it’s four years, four years of this, and we all need time to process that and then we’re going to gather ourselves up and figure out a way to fight this,” said Salwen.
“There’s no way we’re going to let his bigotry, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia define this country — even though it defines the presidency at this point in time,” she added. “I think this is really a turning point in America — whatever that means.”
Grown adult and Campus Activities Coordinator Denice Cassaro was apparently in tears too, telling the Sun that the election results were “devastating.”
“I have no words,” said Cassao, standing with crying students.
To view those at the "cry in" and other hysterical Cornellians react to the Trump win, watch below: