Mc Dowell is a remote coal county tucked away in rural West Virginia.Back in the late fifties when coal was booming, Mc Dowell’s population was over 100,000.On the north side of the greenhouse are two long rows of eight-foot-tall bright white PVC towers standing at attention.

As the long autumn night descended upon across Manhattan last November 8, 2016, Brendan Mc Ginn was certain of two things.

Hillary Clinton was about to become the first female president of the United States, and this evening was going to be the best birthday that Mc Ginn (who celebrates his 40th Wednesday) was ever going to have. Almost everyone on the line seemed to be constantly re-loading an election tracker from the website Five Thirty on their phones, and nobody could believe what they were seeing.

That feeling has fueled me to never stop writing about the clear and present danger, no matter how hard Trump and his minions have tried to exhaust me and you and every other American with their non-stop lies and corruption.

And it’s a something of a relief to know that many positive things — the Women’s March, or the citizen resistance that so far has saved Obamacare — were born from that same despair.

Will Bunch has worked at the Daily News for 20-plus years and is now senior writer.

Since 2005, he’s written the uber-opinionated, fair-but-dangerously unbalanced opinion blog "Attytood," covering a range of topics (but mostly politics and the media these days); it’s been named best blog in the state by the Associated Press Managing Editors and best blog in the city by Philadelphia Magazine.

There’s a restless demeanor exuding from beneath the militaristic dude-ness he must have picked up during his time in the Navy.

He slides open the greenhouse door and a warm draft washes out.

“I was thinking everything from, ‘I’m gonna have to rewrite my piece’ to, ‘Can we stay in the U. I don’t want her to watch.’” But here’s the thing: Whatever the privileged folks felt that night, it pales to the emotions that raced through the marginalized — many immigrants, including and especially those here legally, openly wondered if they could stay here after Trump’s xenophobic build-the-wall vow — and others who’d been deeply insulted and disrespected by the Republican’s bombastic and sometimes racist campaign.

That was especially true for the women (not all women, as Trump won a narrow majority of white females) and their male allies who couldn’t believe that America could elect a president after he’d been caught on tape bragging about his groping of female body parts.

People went to bed on those nights with the gut-wrenching feeling that things in the United States — important things, fundamental things — were not what we thought they were when we had arisen that morning.