It is a well-known fact that the 2016 election is a dumpster fire. Whether or not you have decided to who to vote for, historians who have been studying American elections all their lives don’t know if this is a comedy played by God.

Nevertheless, democracy is a powerful and yet, fragile institution, like ourselves. Therefore, to keep your sanity in this very unlikely election, here are the 7 comfort foods you need to eat to keep your head above water.

1. Pie

pie, tart, sweet, pumpkin, cream, pastry
Paige Delany

Whether you cry into your chicken pot pie or a slice of pecan pie while you watch the debates, pie will always be there for you.

2. Mac 'n' Cheese

pasta, macaroni, french fries, cheese, penne, sauce, spaghetti, poutine
Kirby Barth

The classics of all comfort foods. This creamy, cheesy delight will fill you up with all the love you need to survive. 

3. Hot Choclate

coffee, cappuccino, milk, espresso, cream, chocolate, sweet, mocha, hot chocolate
Vi Tran

It is getting chilly outside and a nice cup of hot choclate will remind you to enjoy the beautiful fall season. 

4. Fried Chicken and Waffles 

waffle, chicken, bacon
Ellen Bartolino

At first, "Chicken and Waffles" sounds like a weird combination, but the moment you experience this dish it will change your life. It is the perfect metaphor for the American Dream. 

5. Donuts

chocolate, sweet, candy, pastry, cake
Phoebe Melnick

Donuts will fill up any hole that is left of your heart after this election.

6. Nachos

meat, sauce, pork, vegetable, chicken, beef, rice, chili
Ricki Slater

Nothing describes America's diverse cultures as accurately as a messy plate of nachos. 

7. Pizza

pizza, cheese, crust, tomato, mozzarella, dough, pepperoni, sauce, meat, ham, salami, vegetable
Amy Yi

Pizza is there for you no matter what. Whether it is finals week or this election season, grab a slice with your friends.

Eat responsibly and vote responsibly!