Protests against President-elect Donald trump took place in several major U.S. cities Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after Trump’s victory over Democrat Hilary Clinton.
Demonstrators in Chicago, New York City, Washington, DC, Detroit and the San Francisco Bay area were chanting in the streets “Not my president,” fueled by accusations that Trump ran a racist, sexist and xenophobic campaign in his bid for the presidency.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Union Square in Manhattan and marched towards Trump Tower in midtown, stopping traffic as the crowd spanned more than 40 city blocks. The crowd outside Trump Tower, which broke out into chants like “Love trumps hate,” grew to an estimated 10,000 by late Wednesday, according to the New York Police Department.
In San Francisco, thousands gathered, carrying signs with sentiments like “Trump says go back, we say fight back. No to racism, sexism, war.”
Exit polls suggest some of the upset over Trump’s victory is due to opponent Hilary Clinton winning the popular vote though she underperformed with voter demographics including African-Americans and Latinos, which potentially cost her election victory.
In California’s Berkeley High School, about 1,500 students and teachers walked out of class, reported the Los Angeles Times.About 2,000 demonstrators at the University of California protested the election results on Wednesday morning.
At the peak of the protest, a Trump piñata was lit on fire in a trash can, according to The Times. The same number of people gathered in Chicago at the Trump International Hotel, chanting “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA,” Reuters reported.
Adrianna Rizzo, a demonstrator in Chicago, told Reuters “I’m just really terrified about what is happening in this country.” The sign she held read “Enjoy your rights while you can.”
The Trump party saw similar protests throughout the presidential campaign over the last 18 months, many of which turned violent. Demonstrators regularly showed up at his appearances in cities across the U.S., shouting down Trump supporters.
After receiving Clinton’s concession Wednesday morning, Trump spoke to an audience at a New York Hotel, where he vowed to be a president “for all Americans,” and asked Americans to put aside their differences.