Jessica Starr made no attempt to disguise her emotions on Pennsylvania Avenue today.
She was sitting on the ground in silent protest when the announcement blared over loudspeakers: "Donald J Trump is the president of the United States".
Suddenly, involuntarily, Jessica erupted into a visceral, primal scream.
Sobbing, she apologised to the world: "I'm so sorry, I love people, this is not America, this is not what we want", she told me.
There was so much more I could have asked her, but I left her to have her moment in peace.