Donald Trump will be President of the United States, but more than half the country wishes he was not. In major cities across the country last night, angry protesters took to the streets to express their disapproval of the President-elect.
Thousands of young-ish protesters of every race swarm 5th and 6th Ave the Empire State Building. pic.twitter.com/mtM3VFTQVT
— Jacob Bernstein (@BernsteinJacob) November 10, 2016
Protesters took to the streets in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and a laundry list of smaller cities to protest Trump. Protesters took to the streets in Oakland because it was a Wednesday.
Other cities that saw major or minor protests include Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City, Nashville, and Portland, Oregon.
The protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, but there were incidents in some cities. In Oakland, two police officers were injured and two patrol cars were burned. Protesters threw rocks at police in riot gear, smashed windows, and started small fires downtown.
— Chantelle Lee (@ChantelleHLee) November 10, 2016
While largely peaceful, the protests were not always lawful. In Los Angeles, protesters vandalized city hall with anti-Trump graffiti. Protesters in several cities blocked or attempted to block major highways.
Protesters chanted anti-Trump slogans and held signs decrying the candidate’s positions on Muslim-Americans, black Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Trump was burned in effigy in Los Angeles, which is, uh, pretty unusual for an American President-elect. At least one protester burned an American flag, which is what people in politics call BAD OPTICS.
Protests on this scale after an American election are unprecedented, but Trump is an unprecedented candidate. His positions on racial and ethnic issues make him a uniquely divisive figure to many Americans. And, it’s worth remembering, he actually lost the popular vote on Tuesday. It’s going to be an interesting four years.