Social media has played an imperative role in this election, so naturally that’s where everyone went when the results took an unexpected turn and began to point to Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
The conversation on Twitter was a mix of real-time updates and thoughts of shock, despair and disbelief. There were some sprinkles of optimism as well, along with reminders that black, women, latino, muslim, LGBTQ, disabled and other minority lives matter.
Some posts, however, really struck a cord with those disheartened by the end result. Side-by-sides of Trump versus Clinton supporters, KKK celebrations, a message from the dark and speculative fiction show Black Mirror as well as a sub-tweet from Canada were shared hundreds of thousands of times.
Here are 11 powerful tweets shared since last night:
Trump vs. Clinton supporters as the votes rolled in
This reminder of what’s to come
Just one of many messages from women about their new fear of wearing their hijabs
Black Mirror reminding everyone this isn’t part of the new season
A terrifying image from this morning
The suggestion that we’ve outdone Brexit?
A telling look at the demographics
Women will never forget the tape and accusations
More than politics.
Even Canada sub-tweeted America
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.
Correction: Further stories have stated it is not the KKK pictured in that photo, but rather Trump supporters waving flags.