In an interview with Bill Maher on Friday, left-wing comedian Chelsea Handler said that the months after Donald Trump was elected proved to be some of the most difficult of her life. Handler told Maher that she struggled with depression, emotional and mental instability, and even questions of her own identity after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in November 2016. Promoting her new book, “Life Will Be The Death of Me,” which chronicles her post-Trump downward spiral, Handler told Maher that she was compelled to seek psychiatric help to face this new American reality.
“You know, I’m reading your new book and I’m feeling like a bad friend, because I didn’t realize you were suffering so much,” Maher said. “Everyone took the 2016 election hard, but I didn’t know it really knocked you down like that. And you came back stronger, that’s what the book is about.”
“Yeah I had a midlife identity crisis once Trump won, because I had never had my world feel so unhinged I think,” Handler said. “And I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me bitch about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks.
“For me it was a huge emotional trigger of everything being destabilized and how privileged I’d been all my life, to be this upset every day – and the outrage and the anger, I just wanted to fucking fight people,” she continued.
Handler said that her initial drug of choice after the election was alcohol, but she eventually moved on to marijuana to soothe her rage.
“What I discovered is alcohol and outrage are not a good mix so I pivoted to towards weed and cannabis, and for me the cannabis was a gateway drug to meditation,” she said. “And then, I had my awakening, and I was like, hey, f**k Trump, we’ve got so many other beautiful things going on.”
If a study of students at Arizona State University is to be believed, Handler was not the only liberal who suffered a nervous breakdown in the wake of Trump’s victory. That study found that 25% of students enrolled in psychology classes at the time of the election “showed symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.”
You know…what can you say? We don’t have any problem believing that a bunch of millennial snowflakes reacted psychologically to Trump’s victory in the same way they would have reacted to living through a terrorist attack. Nor do we have any reason to doubt that Chelsea Handler went through an “identity crisis” following the election. These people are so wrapped up in their soft, cozy bubbles that Trump’s win came as a complete shock to their systems.
This is why “safe spaces” are not to be encouraged.