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Chelsea Handler hosted an emotional post-election episode of her Netflix show Chelsea on Wednesday.
“Obviously the result is not what I was hoping for,” said Handler. “Like a lot of people in this country, I’m sad, I’m disappointed and I’m confused. But if Hillary [Clinton] can make it through a concession speech, then I can make it through a stupid television show.”
Handler interviewed Sen. Barbara Boxer, who got choked up when talking about how she hasn’t spoken to Clinton yet about her loss. Handler got emotional in response, saying, “I know for a woman, as a woman it feels so sexist.”
She started crying and said, “I guess the message that I want to spread out to other women is exactly what you’re saying, is not to give up. Sorry, I hate f—ing crying on camera.”
Handler continued, “It’s so easy to say throw in the towel and that we’re going to leave or I’m going to move to Spain, because I want to move to Spain. I really, really want to move to Spain right now.”
Before Trump’s win, Handler had repeatedly talked about moving to her house in Spain should he become president. “I did buy a house in another country just in case, so all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don’t — I will leave the country,” she said this past May.
Handler said that her co-workers have spoken to her about staying and using her platform instead. “Everyone in my office is like, ‘You have a responsibility, you have a voice and you need to use it, and you have to be here,'” she said.
Through their disappointment, Handler and Boxer shared a message of hope and resilience. “My heart is on the floor,” admitted Boxer, but she said it’s important to remember that a person is not defined by how he or she acts when in despair.
“It’s not where you are when you’re high and doing great; it’s when you fall down,” said Boxer, adding, “A lot of us are on the ground right now.”
Boxer pointed out that Clinton won the popular vote and spoke about the complexity of the electoral college and what it would take to change it. She also quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s words about the arc of history bending toward justice and the preamble to the Constitution discussing finding a more perfect union.
“When you say, ‘I want to leave. I want to go,’ of course — it’s the flight syndrome,” Boxer told Handler. “That’s just what the people who gave this hateful message want us to do, and we’re not going to do it.”
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