(CNN) – It’s been a long, trying week for millions of Americans forced to come to grips with an election outcome they never saw coming.
Some are taking up the battle on social media. Others are hitting the streets to express their anger.
Protest may be easiest to see but that’s only part of what many, like Kari Sherman, feel. “I think it’s leaving a lot of us feeling very shaken and unsure and alone and afraid.”
“I’m definitely still recovering. This goes beyond politics. This goes to something deeper and more fundamental to who I feel I am as a human being.”
Sherman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. But her anxiety is shared across social media platforms and television.
From the minority woman afraid of her own name’s foreign sound, to the Latina high school senior protesting in San Francisco. “It means a lot to me right now because a lot of my family, a lot of my friends are undocumented and it’s not fair, it’s really not fair.”
To the late night host Seth Meyers not telling a joke, sharing instead his yet unrealized hope for little girls watching. “I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you. One that will make you work harder and strive farther and whoever you are, I hope I live to see your Inauguration.”
And Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR in Chicago, the Muslim man looking for his place in Trump’s America. “I’m very concerned as a Muslim. I’m concerned about a candidate who is now going to be President, who said on the campaign trail that he wants to ban all Muslims, en masse, just because they’re Muslim.”
Part of it is expectations.
Kari Sherman, like many, believed she cast her vote for the woman who would win. “To be in this historic moment. And vote for our first woman president. There was just such a high in that moment, and now in hindsight, I’ve been in a bubble. I think a lot of what I’m feeling and I think other people I know are feeling is a sense of betrayal, that this country is not what we thought it was.”
As politicians work toward a smooth transition in Washington, many outside the beltway are finding this is a change they have yet to accept.
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