Apparently, some State Department employees were so anguished by President-elect Donald Trump’s general election victory that they need taxpayer-funded seminars in order to cope with the transition of power.
Aggrieved employees were able to take part in stress management workshops entitled, “The Emotional Transition: Managing the Stress of Change,” sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services and held on December 8 and 14 – a month after former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was trounced by Trump.
“Change is an inevitable part of the human experience,” read an email invitation to the seminar obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “We can become paralyzed by fear or allow the experience of change to propel us closer to self-actualization.”
The stated purpose of the workshop – which was open to State Department employees at all levels – was to “discuss the impact of change; the emotional cycles some people experience when confronted with change,” and to provide “tools to effectively manage the stress of change.”
Although the literature surrounding the class did not address the supposed problem by name, the seminar was clearly meant to counsel Foggy Bottom employees who were devastated by Trump’s surprising victory over Clinton, who controlled the State Department between 2009 and 2013.
State Department employees who chose to participate in the event were allowed excused absences from their responsibilities so that they could learn how to deal with a Republican president after eight years of Democratic leadership.
Watch below for some classic Hillary supporters’ reactions to the election: