Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler revealed to Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time" on Friday that she faced a "mid-life identity crisis" after Donald Trump won election in 2016, an event so traumatic that she later saw a psychiatrist to handle her feelings.
What did Handler say?
"I had a mid-life identity crisis once Trump won the election because I had never had my world feel so unhinged, I think," Handler told Maher. "I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me b***h about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks."
"For me, as I can imagine it must have been for so many people, it was a huge emotional trigger of everything being destabilized and I realized just how spoiled and privileged I had been all my life to realize to be this upset and this on-a-ten every day and the outrage and the anger, I just wanted to f**king fight people, you know? And I was like, 'I have to go see a psychiatrist,'" she said.
Maher suggested Handler had experienced "white guilt." She agreed, explaining she felt she did not have "the right to be in pain" because she was not the victim of a traumatic event like rape or molestation.
Later, Handler admitted Trump's election also led her to become a regular cannabis user.
"I'm a more mindful citizen because of it and I woke up. I'm in an awakening," Handler said. "And then, I had my awakening and I'm like, 'Wait! F**k Trump!' We've got so many other beautiful things going on. There's optimism, there's beautiful things happening."
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