On Tuesday, Americans rushed to the polls to cast their votes in the United States presidential election, then hurried home to anxiously await the results. Many, especially celebrities, spent the months prior trying to rally support for their chosen candidate in various ways.
A number of influential celebrities, including Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Olivia Wilde and more, were outspoken throughout the 2016 election cycle about their support for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Their hopes of seeing the first woman elected president of the United States were dashed early Wednesday morning when news outlets reported definitively that Republican nominee Donald Trump had won the election.
While those who voted for Trump took to social media to celebrate his victory, Clinton supporters resurfaced with largely somber messages. Some shared deep fear and concern for the country as it moves forward. Others called for a recount of the votes, while some suggested a revolution.
Lady Gaga, who was outspoken in her support for Clinton throughout her campaign, asked that fans pray for the U.S. Madonna tweeted a selfie, writing that Trump’s win had lit a fire inside her and other Clinton campaign supporters. Ariana Grande expressed her sheer sadness in the simplest of ways, revealing to fans that she had been reduced to tears.
Clinton took to Twitter around 9 p.m. EST on Election Day to thank her team for working tirelessly to get to this point. She wrote that regardless of the outcome, the Clinton campaign had “so much to be proud of.” Clinton has yet to tweet following the announcement.
The Associated Press called the election shortly after 1:30 a.m. EST, announcing that Trump had won Pennsylvania — the last major state he needed to secure the presidency. After all the votes were tallied, Trump won the election with 276 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218. In a speech, delivered after 2 a.m. EST, he vowed to “be President for all Americans,” calling for unity among the people of this country. Trump vowed to reach out to his critics, telling supporters that the key to “rebuilding our nation” is teamwork between members of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
“American will no longer settle for anything less than best, we must reclaim our country’s destiny,” he said. “I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will always deal fairly with everyone — all people and other nations.”