Symone Sanders: When Trump gave his victory speech, I wanted to throw up in my mouth

Symone Sanders greeted a hectic Election Day with a show of unity. Donning a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE-style pantsuit, Sanders felt confident that Democrats would cruise to victory. 

“I was like, ‘I’m going to throw on a pantsuit for Hillary,’ ” Sanders said. 

“Lots of people were wearing pantsuits that day. I didn’t think Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE was going to be president,” she said.


But as she sat later that night in front of a 200-person live studio audience as part of BET’s election coverage, that confidence evaporated. 

“We go to commercial break and someone in the crowd says, ‘What is happening?’ And I said, ‘Well, it looks like millions of Americans have voted for misogyny, racism, a little bit of nationalism, sprinkled in with some economics.’ ” 

Sanders added that as the night wore on, it began to resemble an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” 

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To her, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s brief call at the end of the night for supporters at Clinton’s victory party to go home solidified that “nothing will be normal again for a really long time.” 

And when Trump came out to give his victory speech, Sanders said she wanted to “throw up” in her mouth. 

— Ben Kamisar