Americans Seek 'Emotional Support Canadians' on Election Night

Canadians are offering emotional support to their U.S. neighbours as we all nervously await the presidential election results.

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It’s been a looooooooong night for Americans. In a way, it feels like the sun hasn’t risen in about four years. 

And with the forecast hanging in the balance of a too-close-to-call U.S. presidential election, the strain is threatening to break some citizens. But fear not, oh politically exhausted neighbours to the South! We the North are here for you! Emotional Support Canadians are standing by. 

The hilarious term started trending on Twitter on Tuesday night as votes for Democratic candidate Joe Biden and current POTUS Donald Trump continued to be tallied in a nail-biting fashion. Twitter user @ItsSamG was the first to offer the service. 

The emotional support Canadians are standing by.....

— Sam G (@ItsSamG) November 3, 2020

Responders chimed in with helpful suggestions on how to scale the initiative with Canuck celeb power. 

Should we set up a call centre and telethon ?

Then Canadian Fletchy offered to assign ESCs to anyone in need. The offer obviously resonated because the tweet has over 134,000 likes and 19,000 retweets at the time of writing. 

Dear America:

Emotional Support Canadians are on standby. If you have not yet received your Emotional Support Canadian, one will be assigned to you shortly. 🇨🇦

— 🍁Canadian Fletchy☘️ 🌻🇺🇦 (@Darth_Pingu) November 4, 2020

It’s also garnered plenty of replies from actual U.S. voters who just can’t anymore.  

Where do I poutine my application?

— Paul just a generation removed from Ukraine Waxman (@paulmwaxman) November 4, 2020

I am in need of an emotional support Canadian but all the Canadians I know need one too

— Arrika 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 vote ! (@arrika) November 4, 2020

Do I have to fill out paperwork? I am desperately in need of an Emotional Support Canadian!

— Michelle, Suburban Mom (@Meidas_Michelle) November 4, 2020

Even professional therapists approved. 

OMG...American therapist here. Can I have an emotional support Canadian please? Someone who likes dogs because I have two.

— Becca (@boothrebecca) November 4, 2020

And, yes, the pets obviously got involved. Emotional support comes natural when you’re lap-sized and covered in fur. 

I'm an emotional support Canadian

— GovtTookMaBaby (@just_evolved) November 4, 2020

Emotional Support Canadian cat ready for duty to support his American kitten friends

— Hemi Himalayan + Natalie 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@HemiHimalayan) November 4, 2020

As official ”Emotional Support Canadians”, we are on-call for all of our American friends who need somebody to make them smile today.

— Esther TheWonder Pig (@EstherThePig) November 3, 2020

Many other Canadians stepped up to offer their support in unique ways, too. Like, you know, ketchup chips. 

American friends:

If you need an Emotional Support Canadian: I’m available.
I’ve had a couple edibles, and I’m sipping some rye and water, so expect me to listen more than advise.

Just know I’m here for you.

— Mark Piper (@mousephantbooks) November 4, 2020

And rye. 

And Timbits. 

Your Emotional Support Canadian is reading other tweets but your tweet is important to them. We are receiving a higher volume of tweets than normal. Please stay online and your tweet will be read in priority sequence.

— Sooz (@CruisinSoozan) November 4, 2020

But even with the outpouring of support from our nation, many Americans are still attempting to deal with the stress all by themselves. For them, we can offer only our most genuine export: an apology. 

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