The host was emotional right from the top of her show.
“Like a lot of people in this country, I’m sad. I’m disappointed, and I’m confused. But if Hillary [Clinton] can make it through a concession speech, then I can make it through a stupid television show,” Handler said.
She was later joined by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) who also expressed her disappointment over Donald Trump’s victory. “My heart’s on the floor,” Boxer said. “I have learned how painful politics can be. But that doesn’t mean you run away. It means you pick yourself up, as the president said, and you fight even harder for your country, because it’s ours. It’s ours.”
When asked if she had spoken to Clinton since the results, Boxer said she hadn’t. “No, I did not want to speak to her at this point,” Boxer said. “I like to write,” she explained emotionally. “I have too much to say. I want to think about it.”
“I know as a woman, it feels so sexist,” Handler responded, beginning to cry. “I guess the message that I want to spread out to other women is to not give up — sorry, I hate f–king crying on camera — because this is so important. It’s easy to throw in the towel and say that we’re gonna leave, or I’m gonna move to Spain. Because I want to move to Spain, I really, really want to move to Spain right now. And everyone in my office is like ‘you have a responsibility. You have a voice and you have to use it and you have to be here.'”
Handler continued, “If you’re caught lying on camera three times in a row, if you’re referring to a woman’s genitalia. Those are non-presidential things …unpresidential things.”
The segment ended on a hopeful note, with Boxer praising the women who won Senate seats, including Kamala Harris, who is replacing her.
Handler later reiterated her stance, posting another video on Instagram Thursday morning.
“I’m not leaving the country, Handler said defiantly. “This is my announcement. I’m going to keep fighting. For Hillary Clinton. In honor of Hillary Clinton.”