As Post readers watched the election unfold, some used the comments section on the main Election Day story to vent about candidates, the media and each other. That hostility sharpened as a contentious election ended with Donald Trump as president-elect.

An analysis of the more than 15,000 comments contributed on Tuesday and Wednesday charts how the sentiment and topics in reader comments fluctuated, remaining fraught throughout the night but growing less negative as calls for reconciliation came from across political lines.

Throughout the night, overwhelming negativity

Comment flow, both negative and positive, peaked at around 3 a.m., during the president-elect’s acceptance speech.

During that period, the name “Trump” was used in a very positive comment 47 times — the most of any point in the night. But there were also more than 800 negative comments referencing Trump and more than 550 negative comments referencing Clinton.

Comments mentioning Clinton

Nov. 8, 9:32 a.m.

Comments section opens

I've never been so disappointed by my options in an election. I seriously considered writing in someone else, but ultimately decided to begrudgingly vote for Clinton.

Goobz, 11/8/2016 11:20 AM EST
Nov. 8, 11:32 a.m.

I voted in Alabama today for Hillary Clinton...because she is qualified and well prepared. She has the experience and motivation to lead the country. I like her message of together we are stronger, because it's true!

rosaadriana64, 11/8/2016 1:03 PM EST
2:52 p.m.

Judge in Nevada denies a Trump lawsuit alleging that voting hours were improperly extended in some areas.

I cast my ballot a month ago in blue Minnesota, early voting by mail. Voting for Hillary was a no-brainer; she has nerves of steel, and has the experience and knowledge to be ready to serve on Day 1.

LinnieBee, 11/8/2016 3:38 PM EST
6:00 p.m.

The first polls close, in parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

I have multiple important issues, and Hillary is the candidate that is best suited. We need a President who can handle complex foreign affairs with a rising China, assertive Russia, and terrorism.

camasca, 11/8/2016 6:32 PM EST
10:50 p.m.

The Associated Press calls Florida for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 197 for Trump, 131 for Clinton.

This is the end of America as a world leader. American integrity has become meaningless and prestige as a world player is kablooey.

DeaconBillG, 11/9/2016 1:32 AM EST
Nov. 9, 1:36 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 264 for Trump, 215 for Clinton.

2:30 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Wisconsin and the presidency for Donald Trump.

2:56 a.m.

Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech, saying Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the election and telling Americans that it’s “time for us to come together.”

Classy acceptance speech, with a gracious nod to Hillary.

Congratulations, President Trump! You exceeded all expectations!

MyDisplayNameAlreadyExists, 11/9/2016 2:57 AM EST

Had Bernie run against Trump with the full Dem machine behind him, it may well have been a whole different outcome. Boo Hiss to the DNC!

robjo1870, 11/9/2016 7:09 AM EST
11:46 a.m.

Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech, saying of Donald Trump: “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

I'm not a Clinton supporter, but she's going to win the popular vote by more than the combined margins of Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. I know these are rules, but is this the will of the people? Paul Ryan calls it a mandate.

slomag, 11/9/2016 12:59 PM EST
Nov. 8, 9:32 a.m.

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I've never been so disappointed by my options in an election. I seriously considered writing in someone else, but ultimately decided to begrudgingly vote for Clinton.

Goobz, 11/8/2016 11:20 AM EST
Nov. 8, 11:32 a.m.

Our family voted for Trump. Change is needed for the Republic to survive as the Founders wished.

Cinna2000, 11/8/2016 12:47 PM EST

I voted in Alabama today for Hillary Clinton...because she is qualified and well prepared. She has the experience and motivation to lead the country. I like her message of together we are stronger, because it's true!

rosaadriana64, 11/8/2016 1:03 PM EST
2:52 p.m.

Judge in Nevada denies a Trump lawsuit alleging that voting hours were improperly extended in some areas.

I cast my ballot a month ago in blue Minnesota, early voting by mail. Voting for Hillary was a no-brainer; she has nerves of steel, and has the experience and knowledge to be ready to serve on Day 1.

LinnieBee, 11/8/2016 3:38 PM EST

even though I voted for Trump, I support an amnesty deal and a path to citizenship. I don't support these free trade agreements, I don't support Obamacare ( too expensive), I don't support US foreign policy of regime change and no fly zones.

Giantsmax, 11/8/2016 3:58 PM EST
6:00 p.m.

The first polls close, in parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

I have multiple important issues, and Hillary is the candidate that is best suited. We need a President who can handle complex foreign affairs with a rising China, assertive Russia, and terrorism.

camasca, 11/8/2016 6:32 PM EST

One hopes (this one anyway) that Trump trounces Clinton and puts an end to the Clinton machine once and for all. I just wish it was someone else running instead of Trump but it is what it is.

old sarge, 11/8/2016 7:37 PM EST

From my perspective only. I will not be doing business in any state that votes for Trump. While I do understand why people are upset, that is no excuse to vote for Trump.

dickm, 11/8/2016 8:24 PM EST
10:50 p.m.

The Associated Press calls Florida for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 197 for Trump, 131 for Clinton.

This is the end of America as a world leader. American integrity has become meaningless and prestige as a world player is kablooey.

DeaconBillG, 11/9/2016 1:32 AM EST

This is the best day of my life I have never been so surprised, shocked and happy as today...Today the American people have decisively proven that the American people will not be told what to do by the liberal elites.

VOTEHillaryFORPRISON, 11/9/2016 1:32 AM EST
Nov. 9, 1:36 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 264 for Trump, 215 for Clinton.

2:30 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Wisconsin and the presidency for Donald Trump.

2:56 a.m.

Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech, saying Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the election and telling Americans that it’s “time for us to come together.”

As many of us would have said if Clinton was elected, if Trump wins he is the President for all of us. [...] The nation's trajectory has changed to be far different than the WaPo, The NY Times and the insiders in the Amtrak corridor imagined.

Blueraidertwo, 11/9/2016 2:05 AM EST

Classy acceptance speech, with a gracious nod to Hillary.

Congratulations, President Trump! You exceeded all expectations!

MyDisplayNameAlreadyExists, 11/9/2016 2:57 AM EST

The one thing that I take away from this is that the majority of American people completely rejected the establishment ... and the media.

Easy_Money, 11/9/2016 6:20 AM EST

Had Bernie run against Trump with the full Dem machine behind him, it may well have been a whole different outcome. Boo Hiss to the DNC!

robjo1870, 11/9/2016 7:09 AM EST
11:46 a.m.

Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech, saying of Donald Trump: “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

The Dow is up 172 points. So much for all the prognosticator's predictions of a global economic collapse if Trump won. As a life-long progressive, I did not vote him (nor for the Clintons, for all the obvious reasons), but I support and wish hearty congratulations to our new President, Donald Trump.

GerryCantwell, 11/9/2016 12:43 PM EST

I'm not a Clinton supporter, but she's going to win the popular vote by more than the combined margins of Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. I know these are rules, but is this the will of the people? Paul Ryan calls it a mandate.

slomag, 11/9/2016 12:59 PM EST

I'm one of those "outsiders" who has felt ignored by the "business-as-usual" crowd in DC. [...]

Now we'll have an outsider in the White House. Could his presidency turn out to be a disaster? Absolutely! But we've rolled the dice and hope they come up with a winner.

Old Mitch, 11/9/2016 1:30 PM EST

Comments mentioning Trump

Nov. 8, 9:32 a.m.

Comments section opens

“Why did the candidate or candidates of your choice earn your support?”

Trump will make our borders secure and that should be job one. Not telling the states who uses what bathroom.

Fredy4, 11/8/2016 11:15 AM EST
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Nov. 8, 11:32 a.m.

Our family voted for Trump. Change is needed for the Republic to survive as the Founders wished.

Cinna2000, 11/8/2016 12:47 PM EST
2:52 p.m.

Judge in Nevada denies a Trump lawsuit alleging that voting hours were improperly extended in some areas.

even though I voted for Trump, I support an amnesty deal and a path to citizenship. I don't support these free trade agreements, I don't support Obamacare ( too expensive), I don't support US foreign policy of regime change and no fly zones.

Giantsmax, 11/8/2016 3:58 PM EST
6:00 p.m.

The first polls close, in parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

One hopes (this one anyway) that Trump trounces Clinton and puts an end to the Clinton machine once and for all. I just wish it was someone else running instead of Trump but it is what it is.

old sarge, 11/8/2016 7:37 PM EST

From my perspective only. I will not be doing business in any state that votes for Trump. While I do understand why people are upset, that is no excuse to vote for Trump.

dickm, 11/8/2016 8:24 PM EST
10:50 p.m.

The Associated Press calls Florida for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 197 for Trump, 131 for Clinton.

This is the best day of my life I have never been so surprised, shocked and happy as today...Today the American people have decisively proven that the American people will not be told what to do by the liberal elites.

VOTEHillaryFORPRISON, 11/9/2016 1:32 AM EST
Nov. 9, 1:36 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. The AP’s electoral tally: 264 for Trump, 215 for Clinton.

2:30 a.m.

The Associated Press calls Wisconsin and the presidency for Donald Trump.

2:56 a.m.

Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech, saying Hillary Clinton had called him to concede the election and telling Americans that it’s “time for us to come together.”

As many of us would have said if Clinton was elected, if Trump wins he is the President for all of us. [...] The nation's trajectory has changed to be far different than the WaPo, The NY Times and the insiders in the Amtrak corridor imagined.

Blueraidertwo, 11/9/2016 2:05 AM EST

The one thing that I take away from this is that the majority of American people completely rejected the establishment ... and the media.

Easy_Money, 11/9/2016 6:20 AM EST
11:46 a.m.

Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech, saying of Donald Trump: “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

The Dow is up 172 points. So much for all the prognosticator's predictions of a global economic collapse if Trump won. As a life-long progressive, I did not vote him (nor for the Clintons, for all the obvious reasons), but I support and wish hearty congratulations to our new President, Donald Trump.

GerryCantwell, 11/9/2016 12:43 PM EST

I'm one of those "outsiders" who has felt ignored by the "business-as-usual" crowd in DC. [...]

Now we'll have an outsider in the White House. Could his presidency turn out to be a disaster? Absolutely! But we've rolled the dice and hope they come up with a winner.

Old Mitch, 11/9/2016 1:30 PM EST

Other frequent topics of discussion included the government, economy and media — all of which were referenced in comments with overwhelmingly negative sentiments.

There were no very positive comments that included words referencing the government or economy, and only one that referenced the media.

The government

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: government, White House, gridlock, corruption, Congress, Senate, taxes, swamp, Obamacare, FBI, Comey, Supreme Court, Constitution.

The economy

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: job, jobs, money, Wall Street, middle class, stock market.

The media

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: media, mainstream media, MSM, journalism, journalists, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, WaPo.

The government

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: government, White House, gridlock, corruption, Congress, Senate, taxes, swamp, Obamacare, FBI, Comey, Supreme Court, Constitution.

The economy

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: job, jobs, money, Wall Street, middle class, stock market.

The media

Sentiment captured from comments that included one or more of these words: media, mainstream media, MSM, journalism, journalists, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, WaPo.

Out of the 15,000 comments on the main election story, only 8.2 percent of comments were positive or very positive, while 56 percent were either negative or very negative.

This analysis is based on Washington Post sentiment analysis technology that utilizes a Stanford CoreNLP sentimental score for each comment. It looked for negative words or phrases, such as “bad,” “disappointing” or “hate,” as well as positive words or phrases, such as “good,” “nice” or “brilliant” — and it used a deep-learning model that computes a sentiment score based on sentence structure. Other natural language processing technologies were used to extract words and phrases and to count word frequency.

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