When it became apparent that Donald Trump would win the Presidency, Democrats took the the streets, protesting on both coasts. Flags, tires, and trash were set on fire and Trump was burned in effigy. Windows were smashed and roads were blocked. Contrast that to the vote in 2008 and 2012. Republicans went to bed wondering what was going to become of our country. They got up the next morning and went to work ... those with jobs, that is. No fires were set, no buildings were vandalized, and no one shut down busy roads or delayed trains. Republicans did the grown-up thing ... they sadly accepted that their choice of leader didn't get enough votes. End of story.
It's important to be a gracious winner and a gracious loser.