The Story of America’s Post-Election Grief, As Told Through Google Searches

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If we’ve learned anything in the past 12 hours, it’s this: Polls can be off; pundits can be wrong; predictions can be mistaken. Google searches, on the other hand, remain an excellent barometer of our collective ID.

That was the certainly the case in the early evening on Tuesday when, according to Google Trends — a tool that identifies news topics spiking in search — Americans began searching by the tens of thousands for political news sources and basic information like “when do polls close on Election Day.”

It was the case between 8 p.m. and midnight, when election results began to come in, and Americans overwhelmingly searched for counts from Pennsylvania and Florida, specifically, as well as general “poll trackers” and the ever popular “who’s winning the election.”

But you see a shift begin when the answer comes back, definitively, as Donald Trump. There’s suddenly a lot of concern about the stock market and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And there are a lot of questions, as there always are, about Canadian immigration. This, in short, is the story of blue America’s post-election grief, as told through Google searches.

– 12 a.m.

Presidential election results

Projected election results

Latest polls

CNN

– 1 a.m.

California

California electoral votes

Hillary Clinton for US President

– 2 a.m.

Pennsylvania

Electoral votes

What is an electoral vote

How does the electoral college work

Popular vote

Nate Silver

Dow futures

Who’s winning Trump or Hillary

– 3 a.m.

Michigan

How many electoral votes are there

Who is ahead in the polls right now

Popular vote

Canadian immigration

How to move to Canada

Canadian citizenship

– 4 a.m.

Elections

Who is in the lead for President

– 5 a.m.

Who is our new president

S&P 500

Conceded

Inauguration Day

Harambe

– 6 a.m.

David Duke

Democracy

Make America Great Again hat

– 7 a.m.

Riots

Maine election results

Stock market crash

– 8 a.m.

Clinton concession speech

Trump acceptance speech

Move to Canada

Putin

– 9 a.m.

Donald Trump memes

Hillary Clinton concession speech

Riots

Russia

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Caitlin Dewey 

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1 COMMENT

  1. Montesquieu’s division, followed in most Western democracies, is between legislature, executive and judiciary.

    In Judaism, primary legislation comes from God. Kings and the sages had the power to introduce only secondary legislation, to secure order and “make a fence around the law.” Hence in Judaism the king was the executive; the priesthood in biblical times was largely the judiciary.
    The “crown of Torah” worn by the prophets was a unique institution: a Divinely sanctioned form of social criticism – a task assumed in the modern age, not always successfully, by public intellectuals. There is today a shortage of prophets. Perhaps there always was.

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