Last Tuesday, November 8, was the 2016 presidential election that claimed Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. Although his inauguration is not until January 20, 2017, many American citizens have gathered in peaceful and non-peaceful protests in opposition of a Donald Trump presidency.

Major city protests

Individuals have gathered throughout many of the larger US cities such as Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago, Manhattan, Portland, and Philadelphia to exercise their first amendment right. United against Donald Trump, thousands have been walking the streets shouting words such as, “Not my president,” “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” and “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” while holding signs that say things such as, “Hate won’t make us great,” “This is what democracy looks like,” Love Trump’s hate, and “Love wins." Those involved are in opposition of discrimination, racism, hatred, deportation, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other phases of inequality and separation between people.

In Chicago, a protest has occurred every day since November 9 near one of Trump's buildings. A woman by the name of Barbara Welch mentions, “I’m out to protest the racism and hatred that - I can’t even say the words - Trump represents.” On Saturday, November 12, over 10,000 protesters gathered and walked the street in Los Angeles for a very peaceful protest as they exercised their first amendment right.

Although most protests have been peaceful, there have been a few where people have acted extremely disorderly, resulting in arrest. In Portland, Oregon on Saturday, many were arrested after extremely violent and disorderly conduct, along with one man being shot.

What will happen next?

As thousands gather in protest of Donald Trump and a divided nation, many are concerned for America in hopes that their voices will be heard as they strive for unity, peace, and love.

After five days of protesting, via Twitter Trump announced his desire to represent and unite ALL Americans.

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