This week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City was very traumatic for most of the Housewives, especially Carole Radziwill, who is an avid Hilary Clinton supporter, as we watched the 2016 Presidential Election play out.
“I’m stunned,” Carole reacted. “I don’t get it. I can’t even put words to how I feel now. It’s devastating.”
“This is unthinkable,” she continued. “It’s like I don’t even live in the same country. I came into this night thinking it’s going to be a celebration. Right now, I just can’t believe what is happening … I’m just dumbfounded.”
Carole’s BFF, Bethenny Frankel, had been teasing her that she obsessed too much about the election. Radziwill’s passion for politics never waned. She even spent the days before the election going door-to-door in Pennsylvania, volunteering for Clinton and visiting voters alongside her mother, Helen.
“This election is important for a lot of reasons,” Radziwill explained. “I feel like I’m doing my little part to make sure America will have its first female president — but also the more qualified, experienced and intelligent president. And that’s what’s important.”
Carole was honest about by she was opposed to Trump saying, “I just had a visceral reaction to Donald Trump potentially being the President of the United States. Men like Trump are a dime a dozen in New York. They have a nickel in their pocket, they think they’re hot sh*t, and they take advantage of women. [This is] on a national stage, magnified. He stands for everything I’m against.”
The night of Carole’s election party was intense. “The last few months have been very very stressful,” Radziwill said going into the event. “This election has taken its toll on some friendships. So I’m glad it is finally coming to an end and we can move on to bigger and better things.”
But as the evening went on and the room’s big-screen TVs showed the polls coming in, Radziwill’s optimism faded fast. Soon she and the party’s other guests (including fellow Housewife Dorinda Medley) left — seemingly in a mixed state of disbelief and sadness.
In the days following the election, Radziwill seemed to do her best to move forward — attending events and staying mum on the election. At one point, she declared: “Trump is our president-elect. I’m not happy about it. End of story.”
But Carole found sense of humor by going shopping with Ramona Singer. “The absurdity of meeting Ramona to go buy dresses in one of the more expensive stores on Madison Avenue like, two minutes after the election is why people out of the city could look at us and think we’re out of touch,” she said. “But the irony is not lost on me.”
However, Carole became very emotional when she called her mom to read the speech she was going to read when Hilary won. “This is a historic election not only because we’ve elected the first female president, but we showed the world that Americans will not tolerate division, exclusion, fear-mongering, sexist and racist rhetoric,” she said, holding back tears.
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