Winners and Losers From the Election

The outcome of this election revealed many things about the issues facing this country, what we care about and what divides us. But the candidates weren’t the only winners and losers last night.

Read on for some of the unexpected victories and defeats of the election cycle.

Twitter
The social platform was the president-elect’s communication tool of choice, but the vehemence of opinion around the election cycle put in stark relief the company’s struggle with policing hateful speech, so much so that Twitter’s bid to get purchased fell flat earlier this fall.

Graphic design
The 2016 election cycle had its fair share of some pretty iffy campaign art, from Jeb Bush’s exclamatory Jeb! logo, to Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s unfortunately suggestive first logo when they announced their ticket.

The stock market
Though we have no way of knowing exactly how the economy will be impacted by Donald Trump’s entry into the White House, stock┬ámarkets all over the world last night were experiencing significant drops.

Marijuana legislation
Recreational marijuana was made legal in California, Massachusetts and Nevada, while medical marijuana usage was voted into law in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota. Maine is expected to pass legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.

Emojis
Namely, the smiling poop emoji. It was, for a brief time, front and center on Donald Trump’s campaign website.