Chelsea Handler Shares How She’s Coping with Trump’s Presidency

Chelsea Handler Shares How She’s Coping with Trump’s Presidency

The comedian opens up about how she reacted to the election results: just like we did.

The comedian opens up about how she reacted to the election results: just like we did.

Text: Jake Viswanath

It’s been over three weeks since hateful, impulsive, and egotistical yet immensely persuadable reality star Donald Trump was elected to be the next President, and we’re still reeling from the tragic results, especially in light of recent hate incidents targeted toward people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and the LGBT community, incited by his win. It turns out that Chelsea Handler is taking it no differently than the rest of us.

The quick-witted comedian and staunch supporter of LGBT rights admitted to People that she was “bummed” about Trump becoming President-elect. “Twenty times a day, [I’m] like ‘How is this a reality? How did this happen?’,” she said, acting as a depressing example of stars being just like us. She also talked about the experience of taping her Netflix talk show the day after the election, and how she was tempted to go off air and leave the country. “I just thought, I do have a house in Spain, I can go wherever the hell I want! I don’t ever have to work again.”

The staff on her show were the ones who convinced her to stay and use her sharp tongue and big platform as a voice for good. She later regretted her initial reaction, acknowledging that it was "selfish" to give up considering what marginalized people are going through right now. But she’s still more than aware of the oncoming struggles and battles in the next four years. “The good message is, we’re going to fight even harder,” she said. “And that’s all I’ve got for you, because it’s rough.”

If you're still reeling from the impact of the election, do not hesitate to seek solace from family, friends, and guidance counselors, or call a hotline like The Trevor Project if you or someone you know need help. There are also many different ways to stay proactive in the midst of this social crisis: organize and participate in peaceful protests, donate to vulnerable organizations like Planned Parenthood, and sign potentially influential petitions to make your voice heard.

Credits: Photo: Getty Images

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