The presidential election is over, and Donald Trump won the presidency. But not everyone agrees with Trump's election, especially considering that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton despite his Electoral College win. Across the country, Anti-Trump protesters are posting photos of the mass events to social media, making their feelings about the president-elect known.
This election has been characterized as "contentious" by multiple news outlets over the course of the cycle. At one point, Trump told Clinton during a debate that if he were president, she would be in jail. Supporters of Clinton in particular are upset that their candidate lost to Trump, a man who many see as not representing all Americans. He's caused waves for proposing a ban on Muslims (an idea which was later wiped completely from his website). He has described Mexican immigrants as "rapists" (a statement he later expanded to include immigrants from more Latin American countries) and proposed building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Trump has made lewd, sexist comments about women and has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women (he denies the claims). It's understandable that many Americans would want to exercise their First Amendment right to assemble and speak out against the new president-elect. Here's what some of the resulting anti-Trump protests across the United States look like:
Protesters In Oakland Were Tear-Gassed
Protests in Oakland were declared "unlawful assembly" by police after protestors allegedly threw items including bottles and firecrackers at officers, KTVU reported.
Chants Of "Not My President"
Protesters reportedly continued to march in the streets, chanting, "Not my president." This isn't the first time police have controversially deployed tear gas against people demonstrating in Oakland; Occupy Oakland protesters were gassed in 2011 as well.
No Justice, No Peace
It is unclear if any protesters in Oakland were violent, but videos show others demonstrating peacefully, chanting, "No justice, no peace!"
Protests In The Capital
Protests took place in Washington D.C. as well, including outside of Trump's future residence, the White House. People carried signs criticizing Trump's immigration policies.
A Silent Protester Stands Alone
One protester stood alone outside of D.C.'s Trump International Hotel. "I am human. My love is real," the protester's sign read.
College Students Took Part As Well
Students at the University of Texas at Austin gathered to protest Trump in a call and response fashion.
Trump Tower Was Not Spared
YouTuber Tyler Oakley described the protests outside of New York City's Trump Tower as "peaceful" and "inspiring."
When They Go Low, We Go High
Protesters at Columbus Circle echoed First Lady Michelle Obama's now famous Democratic National Convention speech remark: "When they go low, we go high."
These People Know What Time It Is
"Time to Revolt" read one protester's sign, possibly signaling distrust of the current political system.
Immigrants Are Welcome Here
Protesters in Chicago were positive. "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" they chanted.
The Freeway Is Closed
Protesters shut down the 101 in both directions in Downtown Los Angeles.
One of the greatest things about living in a democracy is that we have the right to freedom of expression (though whether that right is protected is often disputed). As anti-Trump protesters speak out against the president-elect, many of them are also spreading messages of love and acceptance. Hopefully that love and acceptance is what America ultimately holds on to.