Election Day 2016 was a year ago today. A year that felt like walking uphill through knee-high mud that’s like 50% sewage and every time you start to make progress more orange mud slides down but you keep going and then the mud starts tweeting at you. On November 8, we were sweet summer children who looked like Shirley Temple and now we all look like Norman Bates’s mom in Psycho.
It’s been a year.
But here, let’s let my favorite election meme of the year – Me On Election Day 2016 vs. Me On Election Day 2017 – tell the tale:
I’m always here for Sissy Spacek, is all.
Like Eleven in season 2 of Stranger Things, this has been the journey from pretty to bitchin’.
They’re not all going to be ’70s/’80s themed, but we are all sweet innocent baby Drew Barrymore vs. Firestarter Drew Barrymore, right.
I think this is my favorite: a classic portrait of Jesus painted by a renaissance master vs: the work of an elderly Spanish woman with a lot of ambition and zero face-drawing skills.
Election night 2016 was (Good Place season 1 spoiler!) that moment when you find out you were really in hell all along.
And here I thought punching Nazis was just a thing my grandpas got to do in World War II.
I saw Triumphant Peggy (Mad Men) vs Handmaid June (The Handmaid’s Tale) as a 2016 vs 2017 comparison earlier this year, but it’s perfect for election day.
I love the ones that paint our 2017 Election Day as badass superheroes but sometimes it’s more like Sad Andy Dwyer.
We should have learned not to make jubilant predictions from Titanic, right?
What I don’t want lost in the above is that I LOVE Britney Spears and think 2007 Britney, in hindsight, was awesome.
One more Stranger Things one? #WinoForever
It wouldn’t be us if there wasn’t an Orphan Black reference. 2016: Alison Hendrix. 2017: a blood-splattered Helena.
In Jessie Spano speak, 2016: I’m so excited. 2017: I’m so scared.
Sidebar: I WISH I had been Canadian on Election Day 2016.
For my fellow Old People: From Gidget to Norma Rae.
I’m 31 and feel personally attacked.
You don’t know how long I searched for Chilton-era Rory Gilmore vs Handmaid’s Tale Alexis Bledel.
Fun fact, you can pick any two images of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from Seinfeld, Veep, or both, and they will work for this.
I should have known hooded Kermit would make an appearance; I’m sure tea-sipping Kermit is out there somewhere on Twitter, too.