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Trumpophobia Melts SJW Snowflakes

A reader at Muhlenberg College passes along this letter from the president of the school to faculty and students:


To the Muhlenberg Campus Community:

While the final results of the national election are not yet finally in, it is clear this is one of the most historic elections in our nation’s history.  Many members of my senior staff and I have received several emails from students requesting that we cancel classes today, Nov. 9.  We have also received emails from other students urging that we not cancel classes.

I am sensitive to the arguments of these students, both pro and con, on this issue.  As Muhlenberg is, at our core, an educational institution, I am persuaded we should not cancel classes; at least not today, in the immediate wake of this election.  Rather, I encourage our faculty to hold classes as scheduled but to be sensitive to the understandable feelings many members of our community — particularly our students — will be feeling in the wake of this historic election.

In the days ahead, we need to make space for reflection, discussion and consideration of what has happened and the variety of thoughts and feelings that this election will have stimulated in our community, in various communities throughout our nation and, indeed, in communities around the world.

There is already a session scheduled at 12:30pm in Seegers 111-112, with a faculty panel planning to discuss what happened in this election and why.  We will explore with the faculty organizers how we might open this meeting up to the entire campus and/or hold other meetings in the days ahead.

I encourage students who feel the need for support and counsel regarding the election to avail themselves of our counseling center, who will make room in their busy schedule to accommodate such sessions.  Also, our chaplain will be available in Egner Chapel for the bulk of the day for students who want to reflect in that space and/or seek her counsel.  I’m sure Rabbi Simon will also be available to our students.


We are a strong and mutually-supportive community.  We need to support one another in every way possible, and address our future in the most thoughtful and constructive ways possible.

Thanks to all members of our community for the support we will provide one another in the days, weeks and months ahead.


Oh for heaven’s sake … really? These snowflakes wanted classes cancelled because the wrong guy won the presidential election? These grown men and women need counseling to face the headlines? Are the SJWs and their coddlers trying to make me happy that Trump won, or what?

By the way, I just ran into a working-class Hispanic immigrant friend. He’s not worried. He said, “A lot of Latino people, we know that Trump was really just saying that the immigration should be done the right way. We know he’s not really against us. Who hired all the Latinos to build his buildings? Trump. It’s not such a bad thing that he wants immigration by the rules.” For what that’s worth.

UPDATE: A reader at Rhodes College says this was emailed out from the administration:

Dear Colleagues,

As many, if not all of you may already know, the results of the presidential election have generated uncertainties, confusion, fear, anxiety, and anger about what the election might mean for our community members. You can expect encountering these responses along with excitement and celebration over the coming days and weeks.

During the election season, specific groups were targeted and we have particular concern for those experiencing trauma and fear around the potential impact on themselves, their families, and loved ones. We invite you to think and strategize with us how best to support our students and community during this time. We appreciate the important role of faculty – particularly at a liberal arts institution. We hope and encourage all to use your influence in supportive, responsible and responsive ways.

You can anticipate that conversations, some of them difficult, will occur in your classroom, office hours, and in non-structured spaces. Please be prepared to offer space and time for these conversations.

As leaders in this community we are in a position to respond to the concerns that will be expressed. While there are support structures in place in general ways for students and community members, consider yourself a viable resource.

The Office of Academic Affairs is prepared to offer ongoing support to you in any way possible around these conversations with your students.

UPDATE.2: Now, Stanford:

Dear Stanford Community:

At this historic moment, we have heard from students, faculty and staff, who have expressed uncertainty, anger, anxiety and/or fear following yesterday’s election. We write to reaffirm the university’s commitment to support every member of our community.

The most important thing to do is to take care of yourselves and to give support to those who need it. If you want to talk, need support or have short- or long-term concerns you wish to discuss, the university has resources available to you, including our undergraduate and graduate residential staffs, Counseling & Psychological Services, Faculty/Staff Help Center, the Office for Religious Life and our community centers.

There are a couple of scheduled programs today, including:

“What Matters to Me and Why” – a post-election reflection,

Nicole Taylor, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs,

Noon – 1 p.m. in the Common Room, Old Union 3rd floor

Contemplative Skills for Post-Election Reflection,

Dereca Blackmon, Associate Dean, Student Affairs

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Bldg. 320, Room 105

Throughout the day, our community centers will be having conversations that are open to all. In the days and weeks ahead, we expect the community to come together in additional programs, events and other gatherings that provide an opportunity to reflect on ways in which we can help shape our future.

UPDATE.3: Melting snowflakes at University of Michigan:

To All Members of the University Community:

As I’m sure many of you did, I watched the election coverage late into the night, and had the opportunity to visit with students and staff at a results-watching event sponsored by the Ginsberg Center at the Michigan Union.

It will take quite some time to completely absorb the results from yesterday’s election, understand the full implications, and discern the long-term impact on our university and our nation. More immediately, in the aftermath of a close and highly contentious election we continue to embrace our most important responsibility as a university community.

Our responsibility is to remain committed to education, discovery and intellectual honesty – and to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are at our best when we come together to engage respectfully across our ideological differences; to support ALL who feel marginalized, threatened or unwelcome; and to pursue knowledge and understanding, as we always have, as the students, faculty and staff of the University of Michigan.

There are reports of members of our community offering support to one another. Students are planning a vigil tonight on the Diag at 6 p.m. Our Center for Research on Teaching and Learning [1] also has numerous resources available for faculty seeking help in cultivating classroom environments that are responsive to national issues.

I also want to make everyone aware of some of the plans and events we have had in place for today and beyond.

·      Our Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is holding a Post-Election Analysis [2] from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the Weill Hall’s Annenberg Auditorium. Speakers include former U.S. Congressman John Dingell, former Ambassador Ron Weiser, and faculty members Mara Ostfeld, Betsey Stevenson and Marina Whitman.

·      Our History Department has organized a community discussion [3] led by faculty and students to include historical perspectives at 6 p.m. tonight in 1014 Tisch Hall.

·      The Office of Student Life will provide resources and referrals for support on campus to students, faculty and staff at a location in the Michigan Union’s Willis Ward Lounge. It will be open today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·      Our Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs [4] is offering an open space of support to help members of our community connect during open hours today. MESA’s office is in the Michigan Union, Room 2202.

·      Tomorrow, our Ginsberg Center and Counseling and Psychological Services office is facilitating a Post-election Dialogue: Impact, Perspective-taking, and Moving Forward [5]. This event is part of the Student Life Professional Development Conference at 1 – 2 p.m. in the Michigan League’s Henderson Room.

I know that other schools, colleges and offices across our campus are planning events as well. I thank everyone who is helping us come together and ask anyone scheduling a post election event post it on the University of Michigan Events Calendar [6].

I hope all of us will continue to proudly embrace the opportunities before us as the students, faculty and staff of a great public research university governed by the people. Elections are often times of great change, but the values we stand for at U-M have been shaped over the course of nearly 200 years.

Our mission remains as essential for society as ever: “…to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.”

I look forward to working together with all of you to advance the work we do in service of the public – and to ensure that the University of Michigan will always be a welcoming place for all members of society.

UPDATE.4: Milk and cookies for the traumatized of Vanderbilt:

Dear Vanderbilt Community,

Over the past year, we have discussed the commitment of the institution to support our students, faculty, and staff during situations that may be emotionally challenging. As part of the Vanderbilt family, we see this as a very important and valuable role that we must continue to play. Events may sometimes challenge your wellbeing and sense of being respected.

It is very important you are aware that all of our leaders here at Vanderbilt University strongly value the many aspects of inclusion, respect, and diversity, and that we welcome the opportunity to create spaces where you can be supported. Many services and organizations play this supportive role. Ongoing discussions continue on additional steps that can be taken.

The Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion remains committed to identifying ways in which we can work together to increase our awareness, our role in creating solutions, and our voice in a dialogue for greater understanding. It is important that we stand together, recognize the progress that has been made towards equality, and affirm our unwavering commitment to continued social justice.

If you need affirmation and support, or just a space to experience fellowship and warmth, we encourage you to take advantage of the outstanding mental health support the university offers. For students, the new Center for Student Wellbeing (615-322-0480; https://www.vanderbilt.edu/healthydores) gives students access to a variety of special resources, and the Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC) offers triage walk-in appointments for immediate crisis from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tuesday through Friday (Mondays it opens at 8:00 A.M.), and can be reached at (615) 322-2571 or at https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/pcc. Additionally, the Dean of Students has set up space for reflection and support on the 3rd floor of Sarratt, and in other locations such as the Black Cultural Center, International Student and Scholar Services (Student Life Center), Religious Life (located behind Branscomb), LGBTQI Life/KCPC, Women’s Center, and Project Safe.

For faculty and staff, the Work/Life Connections – Employee Assistance Program is available by calling (615) 936-1327 or visiting http://healthandwellness.vanderbilt.edu/work-life. Other forms of support can be found on our website (https://www.vanderbilt.edu/equity-diversity-inclusion) under “Resources”, as well at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/healthydores/campus-resources.

Let us reinforce the Vanderbilt spirit of unity, inclusion and support at this time. Continue to care and work for ideas, principles, and beliefs that you feel are important!


George C. Hill, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and
Chief Diversity Officer
Vanderbilt University
November 9, 2016

The Dean of Harvard — the most prestigious university in the world — wants you to know you can stop by for a hug:

Dear Harvard College Students,

In the time I have been a member of the Harvard College community, what I have come to most value—both in times of agreement and discord—is our capacity to work together, reason together, and empathize with each other.

I know that many of you are processing the election results in different ways. While each election has winners and losers, this election has been particularly difficult and divisive. I don’t know the full spectrum of our community’s political views, but I know there are students who are worried about what this election means for themselves, their families, and their friends. I also know there are others who genuinely see this election as a moment of positive change for our country. In spite of our differences, we can only move forward as friends, neighbors, and classmates if we develop the capacity to understand and empathize with each other, and if we learn how to find common ground.

Now that the election is over, I want to encourage our community to look ahead and ask ourselves what part we want to play in our country’s next chapter. I hope we will take this opportunity to come together as a community and focus on our strengths and aspirations—and how we can best support each other. Already, I have heard from colleagues that many of you are engaging in thoughtful conversations about the election results and your hopes for Harvard’s and our nation’s future.

As you reflect on the results of the election, I would like to hear your thoughts. On Friday, I will be hosting an open Dean’s Office from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for any member of our student community to come speak with me. The lower door of the Tercentenary entrance of University Hall will remain open to students who wish to attend these office hours. Additionally, I am always reachable at [email protected] Others from the College are already reaching out to our student community and convening student groups and discussions.

I look forward to hearing from you in the coming days.

Dean Khurana

Being Harvard, they can’t let it rest with one dean giving out warm chocolate chip cookies. They have a second one distributing muffins:

Dear Harvard College Students,

I write this note to you today following Dean Khurana’s community message. We are hearing student reactions and responses on all sides of this election.

We acknowledge the diversity of opinions that exist in our community, and know that many of you feel particularly vulnerable after an election cycle where the rhetoric has been so divisive. In the days to come, we encourage you to reach out to each other to help bring our community together. The staff in the Office of Student Life are here to listen, support, and provide resources and opportunities for you to connect with each other. There are many post-election events and conversations going on in your Houses or Yards that will occur this week, starting tonight.

Here are some of the events, programs, and resources available to you tonight, Wednesday, November 9:
What Does the Election Mean for US(A) – Hosted by the Harvard Foundation, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Quincy Hall, JCR
A Conversation – Hosted by Women and Gender Studies, 7:00 p.m., Boylston Hall Basement
When is it more than just a Bad Day? – Hosted by Student Mental Health Liaisons, 8:00 p.m., Sever Hall 113
Black Lives Matter/Election Conversation – Hosted by Diversity Peer Educator Program, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Harvard Hall 201
Dark and Stormy: Reflections on Election Panel – Hosted by the Mahindra Humanities, 6:00 p.m., Emerson Hall 105
Open office hours tomorrow, Thursday, November 10:
BGLTQ Office – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 7 Linden Street
Women’s Center – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Canaday Hall
Office of Student Involvement – 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., University Hall Basement
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 7 Linden Street
I encourage you to connect with each other, with your Faculty and Resident Deans, House/Yard staff, or with those who you feel most comfortable including friends, families, the Chaplains, or a counselor in Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Best regards,
Dean Katie O’Dair

At Berkeley — where else? — its one big group hug:

Dear Cal Students, Staff, and Faculty,

We know that the results of yesterday’s election have sparked fear and concern among many in our community; in particular our immigrant and undocumented communities, Muslim, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, survivors of sexual assault, people with disabilities, women, and many others. We are reaching out to you with a message of support. UC Berkeley leadership remains steadfast in our values and committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff. We condemn bigotry and hatred in all forms, and hold steadfast in our commitment to equity, access, and a campus that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all.

Various communities have organized the following community spaces and resources:

A community space for undocumented students tonight at 6:30pm in Chavez Room 105.
CLSD and CLPR are hosting space at the Shorb House, 2547 Channing Way from 12pm-5pm for students to come by. Faculty and staff will be there in community with our students for support.

MCC is holding a safe space for POC/Black students from 8pm-10pm this evening.
QTAP is hosting a QTOPC dinner in Anthony Hall at 6pm.
The Gender Equity Resource Center is open today, until 5pm, for those who wish for a quiet space for contemplation and community. GenEq is also hosting the following healing spaces:
Women’s Healing Space – Today, November 9th, 1pm-2:30pm
LGBTQ+ Healing Space – Today, November 9th, 2:30pm-4pm

Be gentle with yourselves and take care of each other.

Carol Christ, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

Harry LeGrande, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Cathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Joseph Greenwell, Dean of Students

William Morrow, President of the ASUC

Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President of the Graduate Assembly

“Be gentle with yourselves and take care of each other.” A UNIVERSITY IS NOT A DAY CARE CENTER! While they all sit around Free Speech Plaza singing “Lesbian Seagull,” [7] I am thisclose to opening the window and screaming, Howard Beale-like [8], “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Word comes in from University of Colorado at Boulder that the pot brownies aren’t working:

Dear CU Boulder community:

As a nation, we have just finished a particularly stressful national election cycle. I want to acknowledge that our campus is not alone in experiencing and witnessing a wide range of reactions today, from joy, to fear, to sadness, to sheer exhaustion. I’d like to share how proud I am of our entire campus community for hosting political speakers and events as well as engaging in respectful dialogue across campus during this election cycle. While we are not perfect or error-free, as a community we must remain committed to the values contained in our Colorado Creed.

You may find yourself with friends, classmates or colleagues who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions that can quickly intensify. In some cases, you, or others close to you, may feel you are experiencing or witnessing negative treatment or more subtle forms of oppression, perhaps related to the election or perhaps because of your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin, political thought or other aspect of your identity. At CU Boulder, we respect and protect all of these expressions of identity on our campus.

In every case, we are here to listen, engage and support one another. If you are struggling with the personal impact of this stressful time in any way, we have resources available to you. The campus provides safe spaces for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency and the impact of the election.

This is a highly stressful time of year on the campus and for the nation at the end of this election. We recommend several strategies to care for yourself and to help you remain productive throughout the semester, including:
Acknowledge your feelings — check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
Focus on tasks or events that are in your control.
Connect with friends, family, a community or a safe space to ground and support you.
Focus on the present and shift away from the future.
Monitor your social media use — check your reactions before and after taking in information and set time limits.
Opt out of unproductive conversations — pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping and drinking water. Incorporate activities that recharge and relax you.
Thank you for your engagement and investment in our national election process, and thank you for being part of our vibrant campus community,


Philip P. DiStefano

UPDATE.5: Johns Hopkins University:

Dear Students,

We are mindful that for many the election may have caused a great deal of distress and anxiety. I have received numerous emails calling for community gathering spaces for some students wanting to connect with each other. We have identified the spaces below for gathering throughout the day. In addition, at 7pm in the Interfaith Center, The Centers for Community, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Student Leadership & Involvement will be hosting a Restorative Justice (RJ) Healing Circle, which is an opportunity to come together and share feelings, while acknowledge the importance of healing as a community.

It is important that we find time to take care of ourselves, too. Self-care may include being aware of and acknowledging our thoughts and feelings; reaching out for support from friends, family, and university resources such as the Counseling Center; taking care of ourselves physically by eating well and getting sleep; taking a break from politics and media by unplugging for a while; and engaging in healthy outlets such as exercise.

I look forward to the days ahead when we come together and find ways to move forward. Until then, please to take care of yourself and each other.

All my best,

Terry Martinez

Terry Martinez
Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Students

From the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to his vulnerable young family:

I stayed up late last night to watch the outcome of the presidential election, as I suspect many of you did. As in every election, there were winners and losers. But regardless of your political affiliation, I think all Americans agree that we would like to see America thrive in the future as a vibrant democracy and a world leader.

Here in our campus community, we will continue to strive to be a lively intellectual environment that is also a welcoming and inclusive place for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. It is only in an environment that is safe and free from harassment that our primary mission of teaching, learning, research and service can take place.

We aim to express these values in practice every day. Many of our campus governance groups also recently affirmed a Campus Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I want to share it here:

“Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

“The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.”

These are ideals that we aspire to, but sometimes fail to meet. While we are taking a variety of steps to address campus climate concerns, we are a long way from becoming the community we want to be.

But there is reason for hope. Nothing happens until people get involved, and we’re seeing that:

  • Student leaders are active, working for change and raising awareness.
  • Faculty are more engaged than ever in campus climate issues
  • Our staff has implemented innovative programs to support our community.

We have done much in recent years, via our Diversity Framework, and newer efforts chronicled on our campus climate site [9].

We must continue our efforts to build a stronger, more inclusive and interconnected community here at UW that can support one another and contribute to a path forward for the nation.

Close elections like we’ve just experienced can result in a range of reactions. In the coming days, I ask that people engage respectfully in debate over current events. We’re providing space for community discussions with staff on hand to listen and provide support:

  • Thursday 9 a.m. to noon, Our Wisconsin Room B/C, Red Gym
  • Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Landmark Room, Union South
  • Friday 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Northwoods Room, Union South

Resources are also available through University Health Services [10], the Multicultural Student Center [11], and the LGBT Campus Center [12].

The more inclusive, interconnected and engaged we are as a community, the stronger and more resilient we become. These efforts are a work in process. Each of us is always in the process of becoming more aware and more understanding of other perspectives. This work is never finished. But more than ever, it is vital to our campus, nation and world.

Look, I don’t care if Trump makes America great again. I would be satisfied if he simply made Americans grown-ups again.

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145 Comments To "Trumpophobia Melts SJW Snowflakes"

#1 Comment By Rob G On November 9, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

“One of the problems for a lot of liberals, right now, is that they’ve been consuming a lot of INCREDIBLY biased media, they have no idea how biased it’s been, and they are utterly terrified because of what they have read.”

Quite right. I constantly tell my mainstream conservative relatives to listen/watch/read some other sources rather than just Fox News and various right wing websites, so as not to get a warped view of things.

This seems to be exactly what happened to the Left this year, in reverse. They paid attention only to what they heard from their bubble, and are now having trouble dealing with reality.

Even so, these overreactions are ridiculous. Liberals wanted to feminize the nation. Well, it looks like they succeeded, in spades. And it ain’t pretty.

#2 Comment By Andrea On November 9, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

I don’t like Trump or his attitude towards journalists and women. Nonetheless, I still had to get up and go to work and cooperate with people with whom I don’t always agree politically. Such is life. I don’t think the world is ending. Incidentally, I also do not think western civilization or religious belief are quite as threatened as you have said in many posts over these past months. The college students will hopefully soon also discover that the sky is not falling.

#3 Comment By badger On November 9, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

Same thing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


#4 Comment By N. Bourbaki On November 9, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

We had something similar at Hopkins today:

Dear Students,

We are mindful that for many the election may have caused a great deal of distress and anxiety. I have received numerous emails calling for community gathering spaces for some students wanting to connect with each other. We have identified the spaces below for gathering throughout the day. In addition, at 7pm in the Interfaith Center, The Centers for Community, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Student Leadership & Involvement will be hosting a Restorative Justice (RJ) Healing Circle, which is an opportunity to come together and share feelings, while acknowledge the importance of healing as a community.

It is important that we find time to take care of ourselves, too. Self-care may include being aware of and acknowledging our thoughts and feelings; reaching out for support from friends, family, and university resources such as the Counseling Center; taking care of ourselves physically by eating well and getting sleep; taking a break from politics and media by unplugging for a while; and engaging in healthy outlets such as exercise.

I look forward to the days ahead when we come together and find ways to move forward. Until then, please to take care of yourself and each other.

All my best,

Terry Martinez

Terry Martinez
Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Students

#5 Comment By Millennial_Ann On November 9, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

Not impressed with the results.

Went to work, anyway. Didn’t post anything on facebook, because I have good taste (I think.)

Still not impressed. Having tea.

#6 Comment By steve On November 9, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

The Muhlenberg nursing students were here today. None looked stressed out.

#7 Comment By The Sicilian Woman On November 9, 2016 @ 10:17 pm

Jason C. says:
November 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Your last quote re immigration: eXACTly. There was some pundit early on that predicted this. She said the media takes Trump literally but not seriously, while his supporters take him seriously but not literally.

That quote is from Salena Zito:


Read her Twitter account. Google her and read her work. She’s a true journalist, not a talking head, left-wing shill. She saw this coming because she put in the effort to meet people, rather than campaign for the Democratic party disguised as a journalist.

#8 Comment By Johan On November 9, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

What pathetic little snowflakes.

I am seriously hoping that Trump, a fighter with no regard for political correctness, will defund all these universities to the extent that he can (i.e. federal funds). I object to my tax dollars being used to enable little whiners.

#9 Comment By dominic1955 On November 9, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

Whatever happened to pounding a few beers if you are stressed or angry in college? What a bunch of wieners.

“What’s so pathetic about being upset that a deranged, authoritarian, clinically narcissist freakshow was elected President of the United States? He’s not just “the wrong guy”; he’s a monster and a menace, and his election is a disaster of the first order. He stands opposed to democracy, reason, liberty, sanity. Those are not things to be lightly discarded, in ourselves and especially in our leaders. America shot itself in the face yesterday, and the only proper response is grief.”

Did you read this before you posted it? You sound like a raving loon.

Last night I was resigned to a Hillary win, so I did the laundry and was planning on just going to bed until I saw the results piling up. Either way, I was completely planing on going on to adult the next day without moping around like a petulant child.

“If that doesn’t scare you, there’s nothing I can express that you’re able to hear yet. But I suspect a lot of people are going to understand within a few months, even as I desperately hope it doesn’t come to that. By the time many smell the smoke, the fire will be outside their door.”

Oh, for Pete’s sake!

You folks might need a safe space and a binkie, I need a handle…

#10 Comment By pj On November 9, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

In fairness, academic institutions have always been filled with snowflakes, both among the students and the faculty. The difference is the current generation is louder and administrators are a whole lot more willing to indulge them.

12 years ago I was an assistant professor who had to substitute for two classes for one of my colleagues (my tenure committee chair, actually) because he refused to come to work the day after W Bush was re-elected because he was depressed. Most of the students were still there and ready to learn. The Department Head figured it was easier to cajole the untenured faculty to do his job rather than tell him to grow up.

#11 Comment By Chris On November 9, 2016 @ 10:56 pm

I tried to post this on another post but it went away.
Jewish college professor Facebook
“I’ve been saying Weimar 1933 for many weeks now. But, honestly, I don’t think there’s a 2G or 3G American Jew who isn’t thinking the same thing right now.”
“Just spent an hour crying on the phone with my mother. So scared.”
“It’s over.”
“That’s right. And today is November 9. Kristallnacht.”
“I almost had another meltdown. I was walking across campus and a student came walking from the other direction wearing one of those awful red hats and a T-shirt with Pepe the Frog on it. He looked at me. His lip curled in disdain. And then we both kept walking in our two opposing directions.”

I wonder, who has these people so worked up that they believe they are on a list to be exterminated? The 1930s Jews would have been happy with a lip curl. But then, if you believe a lip curl is an offense, you might believe anything. I am incredulous. What turned normal people into these blithering messes?

#12 Comment By Pepi On November 9, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

My dear wormwood,

Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics. Arguments, political gossip, and obsessing on the faults of people they have never met serves as an excellent distraction from advancing in personal virtue, character, and the things the patient can control. Make sure to keep the patient in a constant state of angst, frustration and general disdain towards the rest of the human race in order to avoid any kind of charity or inner peace from further developing. Ensure the patient continues to belive that the problem is “out there” in the “broken system” rather than recognizing there is a problem with himself.

Keep up the good work,

Uncle Screwtape
“Screwtape Letters”, C.S. Lewis

#13 Comment By Reader On November 9, 2016 @ 11:10 pm


“Election Day, November, 1884”

If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,
‘Twould not be you, Niagara—nor you, ye limitless prairies—nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite—nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyser-loops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon’s white cones—nor Huron’s belt of mighty lakes—nor Mississippi’s stream:
—This seething hemisphere’s humanity, as now, I’d name—the still small voice vibrating—America’s choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen—the act itself the main, the quadriennial choosing,)
The stretch of North and South arous’d—sea-board and inland—Texas to Maine—the Prairie States—Vermont, Virginia, California,
The final ballot-shower from East to West—the paradox and conflict,
The countless snow-flakes falling—(a swordless conflict,
Yet more than all Rome’s wars of old, or modern Napoleon’s:) the peaceful choice of all,
Or good or ill humanity—welcoming the darker odds, the dross:
—Foams and ferments the wine? it serves to purify—while the heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft precious ships,
Swell’d Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s sails.

#14 Comment By Billiamo On November 9, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

Diversity and inclusion. Inclusion and diversity. Diversity and inclusion. Inclusion and diversityandinclusionanddiversityandinclusionandinclusionanddiversityandinclusionandinclusionanddiversityandinclusionandinclusionanddiversityandinclusionandinclusionanddiversityandinclusionanddiversity, etc.

#15 Comment By Donald On November 9, 2016 @ 11:26 pm

I mocked myself upthread, but our President elect has said some of the most extraordinarily racist and bigoted things since the end of Jim Crow and you think it’s funny that people are upset. This coming from Rod Dreher, world champion blogger warning of the upcoming persecution of all Real Christians. To some degree I think your concerns about liberal intolerance are justified but you just can’t help sneering at people different from yourself with similar fears. I think you are a decent person and would fight against actual persecution of, say, Muslims or even the gays you wish couldn’t marry, but If you see a lefty with fears similar to yours, sneering on your part is just reflexive. You will laugh or sneer at the criticism.

And personally, global warming has me really concerned. This is exactly the sort of issue that humans are psychologically ill equipped to face. If the solution isn’t easy and convenient, we will do little or nothing until it is too late and some conservatives will fight against it every step. The Syrian refugee crisis will be like a couple of kids crossing a border compared to what might be coming. And Trump will make that more likely. In a country where serious issues were discussed with some degree of integrity, global warming would have been at the top of the list. Not in the US.

#16 Comment By Matt Perry On November 9, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

I work at Stanford. I thought the school president’s letter was kind and empathetic; I appreciated that the office of religious life hosted a community gathering in our gorgeous cathedral.

I’m sad that you see this gentleness toward young people (many of whom just voted for the first time and who have no frame of reference but what they could gleen from friends and media) as coddling, and I’m sad that you’re so derogatory here.

At times you’ve made good points about oversensitive and unreasonable students; this is not one of those times.

#17 Comment By C Dailey On November 9, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

Dang guys! Who’s the smug ones now? There’s concern b/c no president in our lifetime has ever spoken so divisively. I’m a white heterosexual Christian male in the south and I’m a little shaken by it. Is this election the new norm?

#18 Comment By Giuseppe Scalas On November 10, 2016 @ 12:55 am

Erin Manning says

Rod, you’ll enjoy this: on social media last night I saw some young person freaking out and tweeting that this election made him think that perhaps we need to restrict voting in some way. Perhaps an I.Q. test

Well, this kid needs to be mindful of unwanted consequences.

Setting a 100 threshold will get him a permanent liberal majority.

But at 150 the government would be safely in the hands of rectionaries.

#19 Comment By MRG On November 10, 2016 @ 2:39 am

Thank you for your comments, Millennial_Ann. Yesterday I began to despair for your generation while watching Youtube and checking Twitter. How will these pampered darlings deal with things like jobs and mortgages? I’m no tough, but I once had to represent my department in a meeting in which my department had seriously screwed up. It was a dog pile for 20-30 minutes. Sure, I was a bit shaken for an hour or two, but the next week I walked into the same meeting and discussed business with my colleagues like normal. Will these snowflakes ever be able to hold productive jobs???

I’ve been voting since 1988, but even when my party/candidate didn’t win, I NEVER, EVER had a histrionic fit like these princesses. If this is how modern “women” deal with problems, thank the good Lord we passed on getting one of those pretty princesses for president.

And, yes, I’m a woman.

#20 Comment By MRG On November 10, 2016 @ 2:54 am

Comment clarification: I should have noted that I am particularly thinking about the short YouTube video of the young woman crying into the screen, screaming that she can’t believe the result and is considering suicide (yes, you read that right). She then wails at the camera for someone to FIX THIS RIGHT NOW! Finally she notes that she probably needs an ambulance.

That, combined with the teary footage of women at the HRC rally in New York, curled into fetal positions or openly wailing, made me ashamed of my sex yesterday. But, to be inclusive, for any of you guys who are having public/social media meltdowns, please include yourself in the scorn above.

#21 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On November 10, 2016 @ 5:48 am

I am politically left of center, but I agree that the SJW’s are really tone deaf about how their rhetoric alienates so many people. So I will admit to enjoying some schadenfreude at their panic. I’ve been reading HuffPo and enjoying it ironically.

#22 Comment By mrscracker On November 10, 2016 @ 7:50 am

The first time Mr. Obama was sworn in as president all the public schools in our county suspended classes so the students and staff could watch the inauguration. City and county offices closed, too.
For preceding inaugurations it had been business as usual.

#23 Comment By Pepi On November 10, 2016 @ 8:01 am

Pepi, as a left-winger who could never have voted for Trump, and expects damn little from him, I cheerfully join in the mocking disdain because you just can’t live in the world if you expect to be comforted with big pillows and a shoulder to cry on every time things don’t go your way. Think if the allied armies had responded this way to the Battle of the Bulge.

I’ve been through a lot in my life and certainly don’t expect to be comforted. On the other hand, I hate to see nastiness for the sake of nastiness on either side and believe in standing up for others. This viciousness directed either way only contributes to the animosity and divisiveness regardless of who is doing it. I believe that you can make your points without the sneering disdain and you can at least attempt to understand others. Even if you disagree with their point of view, you can empathize with their emotions and see parallels to your own and try to treat them with respect and kindness. Well, some people can anyway. Christians are called to be peacemakers and to love their enemies and this is the opposite of that. Seems pretty simple to me. Just simple human decency.

[NFR: So am I to understand that your stated intention to quit this blog is no longer operative? — RD]

#24 Comment By Pepi On November 10, 2016 @ 9:23 am

[NFR: So am I to understand that your stated intention to quit this blog is no longer operative? — RD]

I will respond to those who address me directly on this thread, but no, I do not intend to continue to read your blog. I did buy and read Dante and Little Way and had intended to purchase BenOp but I won’t do that either nor will I recommend your blog as I have done in the past. I have agreed repeatedly in the past that the extremes of the SJWs do take it to ridiculous ends at times and you have made the point many times over. Why you choose to revisit the subject at a time like this when there is so much of import that could be said is beyond me. I apologize for expecting something OTHER than this.

BTW, I was a kid when my mother died and I didn’t miss a MINUTE, much less a day of school, nor was I counseled or coddled in any way. I didn’t ask for comfort here, only that you have a little bit of respect for your opponents, who frankly, I call on to treat you similarly. Your personal attacks on me when I have only called you out on a CHOICE and BEHAVIOR does not reflect well on you.

And they don’t have Uber where I live in the middle of fly-over country. Your remark comes across to someone living where I do as ridiculous rather than clever.

#25 Comment By Gerbby On November 10, 2016 @ 10:06 am

This article is embarrassing. People have every right to be fearful about how this election result will affect them and the country. Politics are just some game; they impact people’s real lives. Millions of people are going to see family members deported and treated brutally by our immigration authorities. Public schools may be destroyed as we know them. Obamacare is out the window. Our country will continue to not do one single thing to prevent catastrophic climate change.

And if this election had gone the other way, Republicans would have just as much of a right to morn their concerns.

As a leftist, I’ve criticized progressives for months for not listening to the other side and insulating themselves in echo chambers. I don’t think that is the problem here.

#26 Comment By S.B. On November 10, 2016 @ 10:15 am

I’m a graduate student at Princeton, and have witnessed the response of the undergraduate student body over the last day. I think it’s worth distinguishing two types of ‘SJW’ here. A small fraction of them were genuinely involved in this frenetic campaign season, registering voters, canvassing, pounding the pavement, and they’re response has been heavily modulated by the exhaustion of what were (to my mind, anyway) pretty good faith political exertions. I think they deserve a pass from your disdain.

As to the rest of them who did nothing…

It certainly has stoked my anger to watch them demand consolation from and impose upon the very people around them whom they betrayed (at least as should be understood from their perspective) with their inaction. That being said, the qualities that seem so lacking here – resilience, determination, political courage, tolerance – are things that need to be taught, and for many of these people they never have been. I can’t emphasize that point enough. So while I don’t begrudge those on the right their moment of schadenfreude, try not to be too flippant about it. This is symptomatic of a major failure of cultural, behavioral, and philosophical education, with which we will all be reckoning for a long time. I really hope its remedy is a subject on which the right and left can forge some common purpose.

#27 Comment By MLite On November 10, 2016 @ 10:38 am

Not to make an ad hominem attack against Mr. Dreher, but it seems that when it comes to snow flakes, it takes one to know one. I disagree with him, but in the past I found some of your writing thought provoking. Today, he writes much more, bot so much of it is a stream of consciousness freak out at every random aggression by SJWs and anyone who does not think that Christian orthodoxy should be applied by law or lead to self-exile from society. I agree we should all be a bit less melty, but let he who is without sin throw the first snowball.

#28 Comment By jeanettesca98 On November 10, 2016 @ 10:56 am

I think this kind of stuff is EXACTLY why Trump won. Yeah, everyone’s worried about the economy and immigration and Hillary was a terrible candidate, but a common thread among people who voted for Trump is that they’re fed up with these stupid, coddled SJW’s and their endless whining about microagressions and safe spaces. Hint: if you want to be old enough to drink alcohol, you’re also old enough to get off your parent’s health insurance. We know it would only get worse under Hillary.

#29 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On November 10, 2016 @ 11:10 am

Looks like I’ve got to withdraw this comment:

Update 2 is freakin’ hilarious. I applaud the wags in Stanford administration. There must be one of ours out there. After the “scheduled programs” I can’t believe it’s anything but an outright trolling.

Subsequent updates show that they do it everywhere and are dead serious. Make me unsee it.

#30 Comment By Jeff Beranek On November 10, 2016 @ 11:56 am


Re: your Screwtape ‘quote’ – it isn’t:


#31 Comment By Jeff Beranek On November 10, 2016 @ 11:59 am

The first time Mr. Obama was sworn in as president all the public schools in our county suspended classes so the students and staff could watch the inauguration.

First black president? Kind of historic.

#32 Comment By JonF On November 10, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

Re: BTW, I was a kid when my mother died and I didn’t miss a MINUTE, much less a day of school,

IMO, that sounds like your family and/or school was barbaric (unless you mean that your mother died during a vacation period). I lost my mother when I was 9, during the last month of the school year. My father died just before finals began my third year in college. I definitely took the usual time off. Not because I was a “special snowflake” but because I was in grief, and because the rites of mourning take precedence over almost everything else. (I also took most of a week off from work when my step-mother died so I could go up to Michigan and be with my step-siblings and attend the funeral). Grief and mourning rituals are not some sign of weakness, but rather one of the deepest aspects of our humanity. It is also a sign of respect for the departed that we suspend all the normal hurly-burly of our lives, and it’s an affirmation of family and friendship. Schools and businesses that fail to allow for such breaks are beyond the pale of basic decency and should be shunned by one and all.

#33 Comment By Warren Johnson On November 10, 2016 @ 1:34 pm


You deplore (sic) the childish behavior of the Social Justice Warriors without addressing one of their major concerns: discrimination against colored people. Most of them are white, so it isn’t to their personal advantage to oppose racism. Aren’t they good Samaritans comforting the afflicted? Don’t they embrace a major Christian value? Why aren’t you applauding their goals, while making constructive criticism of their tactics and attitudes?

#34 Comment By American Bestiary On November 10, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

How kind and thoughtful of these university administrators to arrange grief counseling, safe spaces, and trigger warnings for their traumatized students.

They might consider sparing a moment or two to ponder the post-election stresses some Trump voters are having to deal with:


#35 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On November 10, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

I will freely acknowledge that Pepi is not one of those who needs soft pillows in safe spaces to console herself. But I still feel a lot of mockery for those who do. Even if I AGREE with their point of view, I can mock their childish incapacity to take defeat like as adult and follow up with a sober look at what we can EFFECTIVELY do now. And, from a left-wing perspective grounded in more working class perspective and not much academic context, sometimes hard facts are needed to hit soft spots.

#36 Comment By Michael On November 10, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

You may find yourself with friends, classmates or colleagues who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions that can quickly intensify.

This sounds like a manual for someone who grew up without any emotions and suddenly, in the middle of life, had their emotions switched on, and is now bewildered by what to do.

#37 Comment By John On November 10, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

I am afraid Rod that calling these people SJW is no longer accurate. In fact, you can say that you are giving them too much credit if they weep and gnash their teeth into the night and go to their safe zones. Sure. Cry if you must. Talk it over with the friends if you must.

But the only proper response to the onslaught we may face from a reinvigorated.right wing is to hold your head up high and continue the fight. Defy those who would try to role back your rights. Call your senator and tell them to filibuster any such effort.
I remember being told to fight for what you believe in.

Back in the day, when the political and cultural climate was much harsher for gay people, they would fight hard and when they lost they would never lose heart. They”d sing “we shall overcome,” and then fight back.

Back in the day, when things were really really bad for African Americans, they would hold street protests. Martin Luther Kibg might have cried in private but something tells me he fought and he went to jail for what he believed. Students registering African Americans to vote died for what they believed.

LGBTS at Stonewsll rioted for what they believed when police came to arrest them for hanging out at a bar.

And these people cry over an election. Are you sure they should be called social justice warriors Rod?

Warrior my —.

#38 Comment By missh On November 10, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

Rod, you demand empathy for those on your side, but you don’t extend it to those on the liberal end of the spectrum. You seem to delight in kicking those of us who are genuinely horrified by this election when we’re down.

This election has caused fear for a lot of completely innocent people. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I were Muslim or Latino. This election has emboldened a lot of white supremacist types who are gleeful in their sick threats to people of color, Jews and anyone else who disagrees with them. Speaking just for myself, the most terrifying thing about Trump has been his close relationship to Putin and the oligarchs in his circle. He seems to admire strongmen and dictators, and I fear that he’ll irreparably damage our democratic traditions. I’d be disappointed and even upset by the election of say, John Kasich, because I disagree with his conservatism, but at the same time, I’d know that the man assuming the presidency was qualified and a fundamentally decent person who wanted the best for our country. This is entirely different.

I read an article today by someone who said that he hadn’t had such a sick feeling of dread since he found out that his mother’s cancer had metasasized. I had that same intensity of feeling myself.

I’m not an academic or a student, but I’m absolutely one of those caterwauling liberals for whom you have such contempt.Indulging your mean streak at the expense of people who feel as though they’ve been punched in the gut is not what a Christian should do.

#39 Comment By Pepi On November 10, 2016 @ 8:10 pm

JonF says: November 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm
IMO, that sounds like your family and/or school was barbaric (unless you mean that your mother died during a vacation period).

I was 11. She fought cancer for 6 years. She died on Friday during the day and my father did not see fit to take us out of school. He arranged it so that she was buried on Sunday and we were back in school on Monday. There was no counseling or anything like that – it was close to 50 years ago. I’m a WV hillbilly from the mining communities where people died young and the rest just kept going – they called it practical not barbaric. That’s how they make snowflakes like me, you know. Can someone pass me a pillow?

Having lost both parents, all grandparents, most aunts and uncles and 2 siblings, I agree that grief is a serious and difficult thing. I see nothing at all wrong with taking time to grieve and/or with being counseled if need be. But there are situations and cultures where that is simply not possible and I come from one of those. Like I said, it was not barbaric, just practical.

#40 Comment By Pepi On November 10, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

Jeff Beranek says: November 10, 2016 at 11:56 am
Pepi:Re: your Screwtape ‘quote’ – it isn’t:

Thanks for the correction. I’m usually one who catches such things and am normally very careful to check. I messed up this time and I apologize. I love cs Lewis and Screwtape has always been a favorite. I hate to have misquoted it.

#41 Comment By Pepi On November 10, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

Oh, that community I came from would indeed think these kids were awfully soft but if my father, mother or grandmother caught me calling them names and mocking them, my hide would have been tanned. Never in my life did I ever hear any of my elders call people of any sort names or mock them like this.

#42 Comment By EngineerScotty On November 10, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

How well I remember the agonizing of the right when Obama was elected and then re-elected four years later! Shariah law! FEMA camps! Gun confiscation!

Actually, FEMA camps were a common allegation made back in the day when Bill Clinton was president.

One my FB friends, a retired former colleague whom I respect, brought up the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht in light of the election result. Seriously? Some people in my FB feed sound like they’re actively looking for an attic to hide in.

The President-elect has, on several occasions, allied himself and courted the favor of some pretty nasty anti-Semites, and there’s been plenty of threats of the sort “holocaust 2 is coming for you!” being made to Jewish journalists on Twitter.

That said, if Trump does indeed turn into the Austrian corporal redux, I don’t think Jews will be first in line for the railcars; anti-Semitism simply isn’t in the national DNA the way it was (and may well still be) in much of Europe. America’s original sin is racism, not anti-Semitism. (I suspect he’ll do very little to reverse the sexual revolution or gay rights, either–simply because the broader culture will object strongly. If Trump goes there, he will encounter fierce headwinds; far fiercer than he will encounter trying to round up illegal immigrants).

But Trump won this in part by summoning demons that should have never been summoned–and when he takes office, those demons will be demanding their price. Will he tell them to f*** off? I hope so. But if he does govern as a mainstream Republican–he’ll have a lot of pissed-off constituents, including more than a few in his inner circle.

But I suppose we won’t know until he takes office. But there are indeed many perils between his campaign and that of the Austrian corporal; things that simply weren’t there during the campaigns of W, McCain (if one ignores his running-mate) or Romney.

#43 Comment By Jenn T. On November 11, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

You know, I came to this website to try and gain some opposing perspective on things.

My son is one of those upset. He’s a strong kid and will use what he has learned wisely. Perhaps we all needed to wake up to what’s really going on, but these are kids. And the people that are afraid have a right to be. My niece is one of those upset. She’s gay, and a whole lot of people just showed her that her rights do not count. My grandparents had to flee Germany. I’m sure early on many people told them that they were just being too sensitive, that they thought most people didn’t want to get rid of them, it’ll be fine, etc.
What’s more important at this moment, however, is the fact that I was looking for an intelligent, courteous discourse and alternate perspective. But all I see here is the willingness to insult people you disagree with. I suppose I should have expected that. It’s a pity.
Perhaps it’s a better plan to explain that you don’t support the rhetoric that got Trump elected; that you couldn’t separate the parts that you didn’t like from the parts that you did, and had to take it all or nothing; that whereas you DO believe the good stuff Trump has promised you, you DON’T believe the bad stuff. Of course, I fail to understand how you can know WHICH stuff he’s telling the truth about when he opens his mouth, I guess you just pick something and hope that you’re right. But I will concede that with politicians, we all have to do that. It’s just that the bad stuff was execrable in this case.

Unfortunately, this is not the site to get any kind of rhetoric-free perspective. All liberals are ‘snowflakes’, yah, yah. Sheeple, Libtards, whatever. You’ve lost yourself a potential subscriber here.

[NFR: Why do you think “a whole lot of people showed her that her rights don’t count”? Where did Trump say he wanted to repeal gay rights? Come on, put up or shut up! — RD]

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