Barack Obama‘s victory for his second term as U.S. President sparked substantial social media reaction Tuesday night.
Among conservative users of Twitter, the news of Mitt Romney‘s defeat launched a great deal of chatter as well — some sympathetic, others angry.
Outspoken conservative commentator Ann Coulter expressed her sympathy for the Romney/Ryan campaign: “I feel so sorry for Mitt Romney, but sorrier for the country that will never have him as president.”
Former actress Victoria Jackson was a little more direct, tweeting that “America had died” and that she “couldn’t stop crying.” She took a stab at the Christian population, too, for not being present enough during the election:
Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.
— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012
The hashtag #tcot (top conservatives on Twitter) was also hot with disbelief:
I’m not “upset” Obama won. I just want knock half the country upside the head. #tcot
— Savannah (@thesavvy) November 7, 2012
— Michael A Nöthem (@mikandynothem) November 7, 2012
My entire life has been a trial by fire. If you think Barack Obama’s presidency will make me sit down, you have another thing coming. #tcot
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) November 7, 2012
I’m sad for future generations who will dine on the crumbs of despair never knowing the feast of freedom they could have had. #tcot
— gtrburn (@gtrburn) November 7, 2012
Among the #tcot posts, one Twitter user referred to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s collaboration work with — and later praise of — Barack Obama in superstorm Sandy’s cleanup as “treasonous” and unforgettable.
— NYCguy2012 (@NYCGuy2012) November 7, 2012
Others focused less on attacking, and instead on congratulating Mitt Romney for a hard-fought campaign.
— Sistervative (@Sistervative) November 7, 2012
Former General Electric CEO, and noted Republican, Jack Welch congratulated President Obama.
Congratulations to Pres Obama and his team on their terrific victory..
— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) November 7, 2012
Meghan McCain, blogger for the Daily Beast and daughter of Senator John McCain, said she was “heartbroken,” but added that the Republican party “has to evolve or it’s going to die.” She extended a congratulations to the Obama campaign as well.
Tough night for republicans, thanks to Mitt Romney for running hard and I give credit to President Obama for running a successful campaign.
— Meghan McCain (@McCainBlogette) November 7, 2012
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