In the early morning hours Wednesday, Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Republican Donald Trump. Based on most poll predictions from major news outlets in the week leading up to Election Day, this was a stunning result.
Athletes, although not fixtures of the White House or Capitol Building, have a powerful reach thanks to their loyal fans. Select athletes took to social media Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to express an opinion on election results. Consistent with the voting results, the sports world expressed mixed reaction to Trump's victory. Some expressed sadness, some joy, some ambivalence and some comedy.
Let's take a look.
These athletes expressed negativity toward the Election Night outcome:
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 9, 2016
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 9, 2016
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) November 9, 2016
— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) November 9, 2016
What happens next? I seriously don't know...
— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) November 9, 2016
The Divided States of America
— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) November 9, 2016
— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) November 9, 2016
— Allen Robinson (@Thee_AR15) November 9, 2016
I sure will miss you @BarackObama.
— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) November 9, 2016
Wtf.. Let's put all the idiots around the world in power and see what happens. Next gen reality TV. #SadWorld
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) November 9, 2016
How do you explain to this face what happen? You can be a educated women in your field an not get the job because your a women or cause your black? How do you say "go try your best" even though it won't be good enough. How do I even feel confident sending her on play dates knowing the kids family voted for the racist, sexist person an I don't know how they will treat her when she's gone. How? Seriously How? I understand let go and let God! But damn!
Stephen Curry (referencing this):
Van Jones….nothing but respect!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 9, 2016
These athletes took to social media to celebrate Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States:
This is a night that u can tell ur kids about. This will create a world wide tidal wave.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 9, 2016
— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) November 9, 2016
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) November 9, 2016
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) November 9, 2016
We are about two minutes in, but I like President-elect Trump better than candidate Trump.
— Jacob Tamme (@JacobTamme) November 9, 2016
— Dillon Gee (@DillonGee35) November 9, 2016
Hug for u Hillary. Goodbye
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 9, 2016
A group of level-headed individuals showed a moderate view for the country's future:
The WEIGHT of The White House; rounds n softens the edges of any man or woman. It demands greatness n inspires all souls towards leadership!
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 9, 2016
We voted- but we need to be the change, help unify, join together in & through our brokenness. One by one-change the world WE live in!
— Jennie Finch (@JennieFinch) November 9, 2016
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) November 9, 2016
Election has almost equally divided America. Challenge moving forward is reunite us to continue making the USA the greatest country in earth
— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) November 9, 2016
No matter who the president is, we all still have the choice everyday to be positive, respectful, and to spread love to one another.
— evan turner (@thekidet) November 9, 2016
Pray for our country and our leadership.
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) November 9, 2016
We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2016
LeBron James shared mixed feelings as he offered the encouraging words from the perspective of a father -- "Don't lose a bit of faith!" -- while choosing a cut from Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," which features NSFW lyrics and an angry vibe, as his musical inspiration.
As I woke up today looking and searching for answers on what has happened this song hit it right on the head! If we continue the faith(as hard as it may be to do so) we will BE ALRIGHT!! Parents and leaders of our children please let them know they can still change the world for the better! Don't lose a bit of faith! They're our future and we must remain stronger than ever!! Yes we all wanna lace up the boots, put on the hard hats and strike but that's not the answer. Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this. Minorities and Women in all please know that this isn't the end, it's just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!! The man above will never put something in our paths that we can handle no matter how difficult it may feel/be! To all the youth out there I PROMISE I'll continue to lead u guys every single day without no hesitation!! Time to educate and even more mold my children into being the greatest model citizens they can become in life! They will continue the legacy beyond life! Lastly, Even if whos now in office doesn't, Know that I LOVE YOU'LL!!!
And a team of admirable athletes gave America a string of jokes:
Well America is tanking!!! All we can do is Trust The Process...
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 9, 2016
Election TV is awesomely entertaining...we should shorten terms just to do this every year
— Huston Street (@HustonStreet) November 9, 2016
Cubs vs Indians game 7 was better
— Chris Betts (@ChrisBetts26) November 9, 2016
Rather than being upset, use this opportunity to embrace the fact that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) November 9, 2016
— Javi Martínez (@Javi8martinez) November 9, 2016
— Vontae Davis (@vontaedavis) November 9, 2016
— kslife (@kevin_seraphin) November 9, 2016
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) November 9, 2016
— norman powell (@npowell2404) November 9, 2016