Following one of the most radically divided elections in the history of the United States, thousands of protesters took to the streets of America against the unexpected election win of Donald Trump. Trump, according to several surveys, was the most unpopular Presidential candidate ever. After the results were announced, the protests started during the day, as people gathered around Manhattan, near the Trump Tower, which went on to the night. The protests then spread across many cities, especially near Trump’s buildings. Alleging Trump of making sexism, xenophobia and racism as a mainstream business, the demonstrators shut down major areas. Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote, yet lost the electoral college and presidential race which drew a lot of protests in cities like Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, New York City and Seattle, including inside college campuses.
According to reports, the protesters shouted slogans like, ‘New York hates Trump’, ‘Not our president’ and many more. The protesters had sign boards which said ‘Dump Trump’. People came out of their shops to join the demonstrations. The demonstrators took over Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and gathered near the Trump Tower, and carried signs like ‘She got more votes’ and ‘Hands off my p***y’ which is a reference to a recording of Trump which was leaked earlier, where he showed off how his fame allows him to sexually assault women. These protests kept the Police on their toes, even as four arrests were made near Trump International Towers on Central Park West.
“F**k your tower! F**k your wall!” shouted the crowd, and the New York Police Department created barricades, as they estimated 5000 people only in New York. According to reports, the people voiced their worst fears during the protests. A few said that they could not come to term with the fact that they have to protest for civil rights. Some believed that the victory would embolden sexist views. People said that for a country that has come so far, cannot take so many steps back by letting Trump become the President. People also chanted slogans like, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
A man stands with an upside down American flag in front of the White House in silent protest pic.twitter.com/738gV5ni6Q
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There were many people, from other countries, who have been living in the USA, and they were afraid that they might get deported soon. Students burnt the American flag in their campuses. “America has failed,” they said.
In front of the Trump Hotel in DC, a few of the protesters chant: “I’m not here for TV, I’m here for my life” pic.twitter.com/CFO3mQXTwW
— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) November 10, 2016
Crowd looking downtown on 5th Avenue from Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/ObGVtUUxU8
— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) November 10, 2016
Meanwhile, thousands were worried, not just for themselves, but also for the families and their children. But at the same time, there were protesters who silently stood outside Trump Towers with an upside down flag. Whichever way they have chosen as a means of protest, it is clear that if Trump is going to stay, ‘he will have to listen’.