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After the big night, much of the country is celebrating another four years. But some are struggling to cope with the loss of their candidate. Perhaps they should consider mourning outside of the eye of the public.
1. Melodramatic Social Media Users Declare “America died”
In case you were preoccupied with the news of the presidential election, you may have missed the other breaking news story that “America died” last night. At least, that’s some of the wildly hyperbolic claims that were flying around the social media stratosphere last night, as Republican voters took to Twitter to mourn over their vanquished candidate.
Some of the tweets were merely melodramatic, such the claim “A thousand years of darkness begins tonight.”
Yet others were downright terrifying. One man declared that he is “Loadin up on guns, gas, mudgrips, and some Copenhagen to prepare for the next four years.”
2. Fox News Blames the Media Bias
The most biased network of all is now taking mainstream journalists to task for being too mean to Mitt Romney during the campaign. After Obama easily captured the electoral college, a Fox News editorial declared, “If, in celebrating his victory Obama wanted to give credit where credit is due, he might want to think about calling some of America's top journalists, since their favorable approach almost certainly made the difference between victory and defeat.”
How did the mainstream media manage to pull off such a resounding victory for Obama? According to the editorial writer Rich Noyes, the research director for the Media Research Center, these journalists were too effective at exposing the real agenda of the GOP ticket.
Noyes takes the media to task for its extensive coverage of Romney’s now infamous “47% video,” which he complains was a mere “gaffe” rather than an essential preview of the way the Romney-Ryan ticket would have sought to decimate the safety net programs that are essential for millions of Americans.
Meanwhile, he was none too happy with those pesky female debate moderators, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Candy Crowley, who actually decided to moderate the debates rather than merely allow the candidates to spew lies.
All in all, it sounds like Fox News is mad at journalists for doing their jobs, but that should come as no surprise from a network that hasn’t embraced the same standards for journalistic integrity.
3. The National Review Claims Americans Are “Not Equipped” for Liberty
In perhaps the most offensive post-election article, a National Review reporter claimed that Obama’s victory demonstrates that Americans do not deserve democracy.
“The lessons of Ohio are that Barack Obama is a skillful demagogue, that the ancients were wise to number envy among the deadly sins, and that offering Americans a check is a more fruitful political strategy than offering them the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their own lives,” wrote Kevin D Williamson.“This is what Oakeshott had in mind when he wrote that liberty was something that many people simply are not equipped to “enjoy as an opportunity rather than suffer as a burden.”
This disparaging argument that Americans are not willing to take responsibility for their own lives simply because they don’t want to vote for a candidate who threatens to gut and privatize the government has been a mainstay argument of the Romney-Ryan ticket throughout the campaign season. But arguing that his defeat shows that Americans don’t even deserve democracy--that’s taking voter disenfranchisement to the whole next level.
4. Viva La Revolution!
Donald Trump was so incensed with the outcome of last night’s election that he called for a “revolution” and a massive march on Washington.
“Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice. The world is laughing at us,” he wrote.
In fact, the majority of the initial reactions around the world were positive, but many began laughing at Trump himself as he continued to agitate for a national upheaval.
“We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!” he cried.
Perhaps he was still bitter about his “October Surprise” flop.
5. Outright Denial
Perhaps no one took Romney’s defeat harder than GOP boss Karl Rove, who picked a fight with the news staff of Fox News itself for calling Ohio for Obama. Fox called Ohio for Obama just after 11 pm EST after 20 percent of the vote had been counted, which was too early for Rove, whose Super PAC American Crossroads provided much of the funding for the Romney campaign.
“I think this is premature…” Rove said on air as he criticized the news staff of his own station.
As the debate continued on live TV, dead silence filled the news station.
“Well, that’s awkward,” Fox anchor Megyn Kelly finally said.
Watch Rove’s explosion:
Laura Gottesdiener is a freelance journalist and the author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, forthcoming from Zuccotti Park Press.