For the second night in a row, demonstrators across the country took to the streets Thursday evening and protested the election of Donald Trump as president.
As previously reported on The Root, Donald Trump was declared the victor in Tuesday’s election after winning the most Electoral College votes. Those who worry that he will usher in an era of xenophobic racism, strip away basic civil rights and make good on his campaign promises to repeal Obamacare took to the streets by the thousands Wednesday evening in protests around the country.
The Washington Post reports that demonstrators gathered outside buildings bearing Trump’s name in New York City and Chicago, marched along city streets, blocked intersections, burned effigies and chanted, “Not my president,” while others waved signs with the same message.
Trump addressed the protests in a Tweet on Thursday evening, saying protesters have been incited by the media.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” Trump wrote. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
According to the Post, at least 100 people were arrested during the initial protests Wednesday night, mostly at the protest in New York, and while most of the protests remained peaceful, police in Oakland, Calif., said that a protest there became violent after people in the crowd threw rocks and fireworks at three police officers and injured them.
On Thursday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called the protesters “a bunch of spoiled crybabies.” The Post reports that in an interview with Fox News, Giuliani said, “We’re bringing up a generation of spoiled crybabies.”
CNN reports that protesters greeted Trump at the White House on Thursday as he arrived to meet with President Barack Obama.
Trump may have won the Electoral College votes required to be declared president, but the popular vote went to Hillary Clinton, and judging by the protests across the country, Trump was not the candidate the majority wanted.