Protesters march North on State Street the day after Donald Trump was won the President Elect Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Chicago, Ill. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of protesters around the country took to the streets Wednesday to condemn the election of Donald Trump as president.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, authorities said.

In Chicago, several thousand people marched through the Loop and gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting “Not my president!”

Chicago resident Michael Burke said he believes the president-elect will “divide the country and stir up hatred.” He added there was a constitutional duty not to accept that.

A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.

Hundreds of protesters gathered near Philadelphia’s City Hall despite chilly, wet weather. Participants — who included both supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the primary — expressed anger at both Republicans and Democrats over the election’s outcome.

In Boston, thousands of anti-Donald Trump protesters streamed through downtown, chanting “Trump’s a racist” and carrying signs that said “Impeach Trump” and “Abolish Electoral College.”

The protesters gathered on Boston Common before marching toward the Massachusetts Statehouse, with beefed-up security including extra police officers.

Hundreds of University of Texas students spilled out of classrooms to march through downtown Austin. They marched along streets near the Texas Capitol, then briefly blocked a crowded traffic bridge.

Marchers protesting Donald Trump’s election as president chanted and carried signs in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Local media outlets broadcast video Wednesday night showing a peaceful crowd in front of the new downtown hotel. Many chanted “No racist USA, no trump, no KKK.”

Another group stood outside the White House. They held candles, listened to speeches and sang songs.

Earlier Wednesday, protesters at American University burned U.S. flags on campus.

In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Earlier the protest in downtown drew several Trump supporters, who taunted the demonstrators with signs. At one point, a lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.

Protests also were reported at a number of universities in California and Connecticut, while several hundred people marched in San Francisco and others gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles.

The only major violence was reported in Oakland, California, during a protest that began shortly before midnight and lasted into early Wednesday morning.

Some demonstrators set garbage bins on fire, broke windows and sprayed graffiti at five businesses in the downtown area, police said. No arrests were made.

Another protest began Wednesday evening downtown, with several hundred chanting, sign-waving people gathering in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

In San Francisco, hundreds are marching along Market Avenue, one of the city’s main avenues, to join a vigil in the Castro District, a predominantly gay neighborhood.

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21 thoughts on “Thousands Nationwide Protest Trump’s Election Victory

  1. Oh and 8 years ago protest like this had liberal’s railing about how RACIST this country was and how like it or not Obama was the president of all people. Well there it is put down the signs go home take a shower put on some clean cloths and GO GET A JOB

  2. Tim Green on said:

    People need to SERIOUSLY educate themselves on how the electoral college works because then theyll understand that EVERY presidential election is actually decided by only a handful of states, the popular vote means NOTHING, votes have to occur in the right states, look at stated that hilllary lost by like 40k or less THOSE are the states that decide elections, because they can easily go to either party … the 30 something other states on the map will always be republican no matter what

    • if that is the case, I guess I will not worry about voting ever. I live in the south or a so called red state & I believe people God given rights & no one has a right to dictate how people should live. They do need to get a job & support themselves

  3. The Truth on said:

    America needs to be smart. Democracy is our foundation yet you had a candidate that played head games and continuing to play head games. I think all those polls and polling people need to be investigated money talk…..especially the major polls that you knew that Mr. Trump was Notfavored. If you can hack emails wake up …This is OUR LIFE and of DEMOCRACY Stand at such high standards shouldn’t measures been taken for it to,be CORRECT AND SAFE. IF NOT AMERICA IS SUCH A HYPOCRITE!!! Mr. Trump use reverse psychology of All the American people by putting Out the Election is RIGGED because it would Not be any follow up after Mr. Trump set the stage. WAKE UP..AMERICA YOU BEEN HAD…BY B.S.

      • Yeah some apparently have not gotten over the first black president or the south losing the civil war or slavery being abolished but everyone is supposed to get over trump already. If Hillary had won some would be protesting her too. It s a mad world and it is not going to end well.

      • It’s always been a mad world and you will end way before it does, so you that’s one thing you can file away and not worry yourself about. See? Easy peasy.

    • Finally, the truth. That orange turd said he’d only “accept” the results if he won, so it’s only rigged if anybody other than him won it.

      • That is a complete liberal lie. Find me the quote where he said he’d only accept the results if he “won”. If you want to spread lies, go to the CNN website. You ain’t welcome here sista’, now get to steppin’

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