Thousands Gather Across the Country to Protest Donald Trump’s Election
In response to Donald Trump winning the presidential election, yesterday (Nov. 9), thousands of protesters gathered across at least 25 U.S. cities to rally against the election results, which left people, including those in hip-hop, stunned and angry.
CNN reports that tens of thousands of people gathered in cities including New York and Nashville, Chicago and Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle, shouting anti-Trump slogans, starting fires and holding candlelight vigils to mourn the result of the election.
"Not my President," they chanted. "Not today." Others shouted "Black Lives Matter" and many held signs that said "Love Trumps Hate."
Many of the protests reportedly continued early into the morning and dozens of arrests were made. "People are furious, not just at the results of the election, but the rhetoric of Donald Trump," Ahmed Kanna, an organizer for Social Alternative Berkeley, told CNN's Don Lemon.
“I knew people are mad,” said Mike, who’s been an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter. “I knew people are mad. I knew that people are mad enough to do things, and that I hadn’t expected them to do. I saw people that looked like me and you saying they’re voting for Trump and that scared me. I think poor white people are mad, because the system that promises you something based on that isn’t gonna ever give you that.”
“This was many things,” said Jones. “This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it’s true. But it was also something else. We’ve talked about everything but race tonight. We’ve talked about income, class, religion. What we haven’t talked about is race. This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a Black president, in part. And that’s part of where the pain comes.”
Talib Kweli got into a heated debate about Trump's victory on Twitter, as is par for the course for the outspoken rapper. Snoop Dogg chimed in on the election aftermath, saying it was the worst day in America since 9/11 before asking Drake for property prices in Canada.
As the country continues to reel from the election, we'll see how everything plays out. Watch some protest video below.