A Tale of Two Election Parties: How Clinton and Trump Supporters Are Celebrating (or Not) as Polls Close
Trump’s supporters are gathering at the New York Hilton, a hotel near his Trump Tower home in Midtown Manhattan where he is hunkering down as results come through. The Republican candidate tweeted earlier in the day that he was excited to await the results with “family and friends.”
The liquor isn’t flowing for free at Trump’s bash, with a cash bar available to supporters at steep prices. A picture of the drink menu reveals how much attendees will have to shell out to calm their nerves throughout the night, with $13 mixed drinks and $11 beers.
The mood at the Trump party is subdued so far, with additional supporters gathered outside and chanting for Trump while trying to gain access to the main party. The crowd is diverse, with veterans, women, Hispanics and even people wearing “Make America Great Again” yarmulkes seen throughout.
A Mariachi band was also spotted performing outside Trump Tower before they were reportedly ushered away by police.
The Clinton camp, on the other hand, is holding their election night soiree at the Jacob Javits Center — a large conference center covered by a literal glass ceiling. While election results trickle in, supporters are gathered outside the convention center where a stage with huge screens is set up and a block party spans six blocks. VIP supporters are expected to speak to the crowd throughout the night.
The rally kicked off around 8:30 p.m. with the National Anthem being sung to massive crowds.
Celebrities came out for Clinton at the event, with Amy Schumer sharing a snap of herself and Lady Gaga flanking New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and also appearing in an Instagram with Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera.
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Clinton supporters are decked out for the occasion, with one Arizona law student sporting a “That’s Ms. Nasty Woman to You” jacket, and others covering themselves in Clinton pins.
The drink and food bar seems to also be struggling on the Clinton side, with shouts of “we’re out of paninis!” echoing through the makeshift press food court.