Many people were shocked after President-elect Donald Trump's victory on election night, and some were even moved to tears. But one man was so heartbroken that she checked into a psych ward and curled into the fetal position for hours.
Independent Journal Review reports that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fundraiser Benjamin Ryan began election night at the “hottest” event in town: Clinton’s victory party at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Ryan had raised $187,000 for Clinton and Democratic candidates and was prepared to celebrate the victory of the first female president in the nation’s history.
However, as results poured in, Ryan soon realized that the notion of a victory party turned out to be a little premature. Once it was clear that Trump was going to win the election, Ryan claims he became "suicidal," and actually took the step to admit himself into emergency psychiatric care.
Ryan later wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post:
I found out Donald Trump had won the Electoral College while midstream in providing a urine sample for the emergency psychiatric staff of a New York City public hospital. The unlockable bathroom door in this unescapable wing was ajar, and I could hear the victorious Mike Pence’s sinister Sunday-school baritone taunting me with the truth from the hallway television.
For the preceding witching hours of election night, I had lain in a fetal position amidst a cast of anonymous men nursing their own crises, my hands clasped tightly over my ears. It wasn’t that I minded the howls of the guy nearby who was shackled to his cot and monitored by an unimpressed brood of policemen. Instead, I wanted to spare myself any word of the far greater insanity unfolding beyond the hospital walls.
Drained of tears, too tired to sleep, I stared at the fluorescent ceiling lights —which, indifferent to our suffering, remained on throughout the night — and endured the passing time by willing my thoughts to vanish into the dull glow. For a second, I imagined someone would burst in and proclaim, “It’s all right, Hillary won!” and I would bound out of bed, awoken from this nightmare.
Terror drove me to this interrupted state. I was afraid for the nation, for the stigmatized and oppressed. I was also afraid for my own life. Because the values and principles I hold dear felt fatally incompatible with the hate and bigotry that Trumpism had come to stand for. I did not want to live in a world that would elect such a man as president.
According to Ryan, he refused to confront the reality of a Trump win for days afterward, running from the room if political news was shown on TV.
Opinions of Ryan’s rather extreme reaction were harsh on Facebook.
One user wrote: “I had previously thought that by now, the electoral devastation expressed by liberal snowflakes would have gotten old and uninteresting. I was wrong. It's still incredibly entertaining.”
Another commented, “aawwwwwwwwwwwwww little snowflake, you'll be ok, go get some crayons and play doh.”
Ryan claims he has since recovered from his mental health episode, and concludes that admitting himself to a psychiatric facility is what saved his life.