Last Tuesday, Election Night, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in an upset victory, which left millions of Americans ecstatic and pleased, but also left millions of other Americans depressed and scared. This vast divide in reaction played out live on Twitter, with Clinton supporters expressing their sadness and pain and Trump supporters celebrating his win.
#ElectionNight captured the reaction of many different viewpoints all within one hashtag. However after the results, we saw different hashtags arise for varying groups to form communities in. Clinton supporters got the hashtags #ImStillWithHer and #NotMyPresident both trending. Many Trump supporters went with #PresidentTrump, but it seems like many stuck with two popular hashtags from the campaign #MAGA and #DrainTheSwamp. Twitter hashtags give people the opportunity to be part of a community, but as we have seen, there is also the opportunity to experience hate, so there are pros and cons.
Self interest won.
— cara (@Caraharrison679) November 9, 2016
— Kate Cobb (@Ktphone) November 9, 2016
— TheGuyThatPrints© (@Moouxe) November 9, 2016
— Clinton (@2ALAW) November 9, 2016
— Deplorable Aaron 🐸 (@GopAaron) November 9, 2016
— Sam Booth (@sambooth900) November 9, 2016