Mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed on Friday called the election victory of US President-designate Donald Trump “victory of racism & Ignorance.” The Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief is not the first one to criticise the US election results. On Thursday, nation-wide protests were seen in United States after Republican-nominee Donal Trump was declared the winner of 58th US Presidential elections. Trump, in a stunning turn of events, won the US presidential election on Wednesday defeating the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump also met the current US President Barack Obama on Thursday. Trump was accompanied by Melania Trump, who was received by Michelle Obama. Trump will take charge as the 45th US president on January 20th.
A number protests, mostly peaceful, took place in at least eight cities following the Republican businessman’s defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s election. Demonstrators voiced their concern that Trump would harm Americans’ civil rights. The president-elect’s critics worry that his often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, women and others – combined with support from the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists – could spark a wave of intolerance against minorities. A number of protests took place on Thursday in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, while on the West Coast, demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland in California, and Portland, Oregon.
Trump, in his response to critics, praised demonstrators for being passionate about their country. “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!” Trump tweeted early on Friday. On Thursday night, the president-elect had posted: “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”