The 'RHONY' Election Night Was Rough

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Oh, boy. We’re about 100 days in to Donald Trump’s presidency (ugh), and Real Housewives Of New York is making me relive the 2016 election. Now, I’m as liberal as they come, so don’t at me. There’s no doubt here who I voted for, and I am one with Carole Radziwill and Carole Radziwill is one with me. But Carole’s Real Housewives Of New York election party dug up some bad memories of that fateful night.

Carole and company started Election Day 2016 chipper and ready for the momentous occasion of electing the first woman president. She and her mother even went canvassing in Pennsylvania the week before to get the word out about good old Hill-dog. Then came the night of the election, and Carole was cautiously optimistic — Dorinda, also a Hillary Clinton fan, brought Carole a tee that said, “A woman’s place is in the White House.” I mean, it’s like we’re watching a horror movie where a teen girl is about to go into a dark, scary basement, and all of us are screaming at the TV. “No! Don’t do it! Don’t go in!” Watching this episode and the party’s deflating morale took me back to my own couch that November night, wondering how in the hell this could happen here in America. Carole wrote a beautiful speech about how America voted for Hillary because they wouldn’t be ruled by a man who spouts sexist and racist rhetoric, and it’s a shame she didn’t get to use it.

Luckily, the show moved quickly from that night, showing Carole the next morning in mourning (as nearly all of New York City was… it was like a hangover) and then moving back into the normal storylines. I didn’t think it would be hard to watch, but it really was. It’s been six months, and it still feels too fresh. As much as I love the Real Housewives Of New York, it’s just too soon. I’m glad to have this episode behind me, and I’m glad that Carole is still fighting the good fight. Her Twitter is a sight to behold, and she's one of my "fight the power" inspirations.