As the result of the 2016 presidential election becomes a reality those who are unhappy with the outcome are protesting in the streets. This Thursday the current President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald J. Trump had a meeting at the White House. President Obama said of the meeting that the two had an “excellent conversation” and said he is ready to do everything he can to ensure a successful transition. But in the evening, there were protests against an upcoming Trump presidency. The country saw anti-Trump protests for the second night in a row, as a divided nation is trying to come to terms with the outcome of the election.
Protesters March against the Election of Donald J. Trump
Demonstrations against the recent election of Donald Trump to the White House continued nationwide. Thousands of protesters surrounded buildings belonging to his real estate empire in New York and in Chicago. In some places, there were even clashes with Trump supporters.
Protesters expressed their profound disagreement with the values that Donald Trump represented during the presidential campaign. They condemned the rhetoric of the president-elect. Some held up signs that criticized the words that he used to talk about women and immigrants. The protesters marched down city streets and in some instances blocked intersections and burned effigies of Donald J. Trump.
The message of the crowd was “not my president”, a slogan that has been also trending on Twitter as a hashtag. Some of the protesters chanted “not my president” while others had signs with the message.
Portland police classified the protests in the city as a “riot” late Thursday. That makes participation in the events punishable under a “Class C Felony”. Earlier during the day, police had warned that there had been attacks on drivers as the demonstrations went on. Also, police issued a warning to protesters to stop using “illegal fire devices”. But as time passed, there was even more vandalism.
“Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot. Crowd has been advised,”
said police officials in a post on Twitter.
Donald J. Trump Reacts to the Protests
Donald J. Trump reacted to news of the protest on Twitter by implying that the protests were organized professionally and fueled by the unfair media.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!,”
said Donald J. Trump on Twitter.
This was the first comment that the President-elect made about the anti-Trump protests. It was also one of the few public comments that he made after winning the presidential election. Since Wednesday morning, the former reality TV star that had accustomed his supporters with frequent messages had been mostly quiet.
One of Donald J. Trump’s more prominent surrogates during the campaign, Rudy Giuliani, also spoke against the protests. The former mayor of New York called the protesters “a bunch of spoiled crybabies.” Rudy Giuliani has been close to the Trump campaign and is rumored to be on the short list for the office of attorney general.
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