supporters who flooded the glass-ceilinged
Javits Center Tuesday to watch their
candidate become the first woman to be
elected president Tuesday night were
beginning to show sharp signs of concern as
they watched Trump pick up several
battleground states on the big screen.
The crowd was nearly silent as they listened
to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki map out
Trump’s path to victory — if he takes
Michigan and Florida. The Sunshine State
has since been called for Trump.
Quickly, the channel cut out and New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the stage, saying
it’s fitting that Clinton will be elected
president in New York, “the birthplace of the
women’s rights movement.”
“It’s shocking. I can’t believe it’s this close.
I’m shocked,” said Terri, a supporter from
Washington, D.C., who didn’t want to use
her last name. She said she had been
fielding texts from family and friends all
night, asking her how it could be possible
that Trump could win.
Another young woman wearing a pantsuit
repeatedly refreshed the New York Times on
her phone, a stressed expression on her
face. Many supporters sat down near the
back, their eyes glued on their phones.
Others turned to gallows humor. “The only
consolation is Vladimir Putin is thrilled,” one
supporter said to another.