People are posting hilarious before and after memes of Election Day 2016 vs. 2017

Scenes from election night 2016.

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Scenes from election night 2016.
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A year after President Donald Trump’s electoral upset that shocked the world, Democrats won big in several gubernatorial and local races on Tuesday.

While many were quick to point out how different the stakes were going into the elections and how differently they turned out, perhaps nothing captured this sentiment as well as the before-and-after memes people have been sharing.

Here eight of the best ones:


A year after left-leaning Twitter users went into the 2016 election unprepared for Trump’s surprise win, many voters felt tired and spent on election day 2017.

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Twitter/@ziwe

Naturally, SpongeBob memes were deployed in full-force to capture voters’ feelings before Tuesday’s election.

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Twitter/@lpbradley

The year since Trump’s election has aged many.

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Twitter/@JordanMeehan

The year between the two elections has changed some people’s lives more than others. This meme shows how many women felt going into Tuesday’s races.

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Twitter/@steventurous

Rather than being jaded though, many in Twitter’s memeverse were eager to put up a fight after a year of high-intensity politics.

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Twitter/@lyzl

Many liberals tweeted about rushing into battle in 2017.

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Twitter/@lucywoodhull

But as the results came in on Tuesday night, battle-worn Democrats on Twitter couldn’t be happier.

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Twitter/@Breznican

For many memers, the 2017 elections helped reinvigorate their faith in American democracy — and turned their eyes on the 2018 midterm elections.

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Twitter/@genevieveew