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Symone Sanders: When Trump gave his victory speech, I wanted to throw up in my mouth

Symone Sanders greeted a hectic Election Day with a show of unity. Donning a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE-style pantsuit, Sanders felt confident that Democrats would cruise to victory. 

“I was like, ‘I’m going to throw on a pantsuit for Hillary,’ ” Sanders said. 

“Lots of people were wearing pantsuits that day. I didn’t think Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE was going to be president,” she said.

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But as she sat later that night in front of a 200-person live studio audience as part of BET’s election coverage, that confidence evaporated. 

“We go to commercial break and someone in the crowd says, ‘What is happening?’ And I said, ‘Well, it looks like millions of Americans have voted for misogyny, racism, a little bit of nationalism, sprinkled in with some economics.’ ” 

Sanders added that as the night wore on, it began to resemble an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” 

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To her, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s brief call at the end of the night for supporters at Clinton’s victory party to go home solidified that “nothing will be normal again for a really long time.” 

And when Trump came out to give his victory speech, Sanders said she wanted to “throw up” in her mouth. 

— Ben Kamisar

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