People With Disabilities Respond to Trump Presidency on Twitter
Early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump was announced president-elect after securing 276 electoral votes. Throughout election night and well into the morning, people with mental illnesses, disabilities and chronic health conditions took to Twitter to air their concerns regarding a forthcoming Trump presidency. Here’s what they had to say.
My heart is broken. As a woman living with mental illness and autism, as a bisexual woman, as a young woman in America today, I feel horrid
— AliKot (@AliDeOC) November 9, 2016
If I were to criticize Trump to his face he would just mock my physical disability in return, yet he will likely lead my country. I’m not ok — halfcoordinated (@halfcoordinated) November 9, 2016
A man who mocks disabled people is about to enter the White House. Lord have mercy
— Disability and Jesus (@DisabilityJ) November 9, 2016
I am a woman. I have a disability. I am in the lower middle class. Trump is my president, and I am afraid. — Trista (@TrialsOfTrista) November 9, 2016
— mike thornton (@mikethornton71) November 9, 2016
my lil bro relies on disability for his healthcare.my parents cant afford his meds. i cant. my sis cant. idk what to do. — Walasugar baby???? (@hayatisouna) November 9, 2016
Thought I cannot get out of my head is that the US elected a President who publicly mocked a person w a disability. How is that acceptable?
— Reema Faris (@rmfaris) November 9, 2016
not that it matters to many of you, but now I will loose my disability benefits by a SUBSTANTIAL % and also my healthcare will be cut — Robbie! (@robertdresch) November 9, 2016
My little sister with Cerebral Palsy woke up today crying because now she thinks it’s okay for people to mock her disability in public…
— Brittania???? (@bibivriel) November 9, 2016
I just started feeling better about my disability, about my reproductive health this year. I don’t know how to keep that optimism now. — Lauren Kayes (@LaurenRKayes) November 9, 2016
My sister’s on disability; mom and MiL are on Social Security. We’re not wealthy enough to take care of them. I’m scared. I’m really scared.
— Mary Jones ⍨ (@tlachtga) November 9, 2016
These are just some of the immediate reactions to the election, and are in no way representative of the disability community as a whole. We will continue to update this article as more responses come in.