Hundreds of thousands of Americans rallied across the US as anger over Donald Trump's election victory spilled to the streets amid chants of "Not my President" and "No Fascists USA", deepening the political turmoil further after months-long bitter campaign.
Disappointment turned into protest as people in huge numbers rallied in at least 25 US cities - including New York and Nashville, Chicago and Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle - shouting anti-Trump slogans, burning effigies, and holding candlelight vigils to mourn the result of the general election in which Trump secured a stunning victory despite his explosive and divisive rhetoric.
Several arrests took place when the demostrators - that included people from all ages, faiths and nationalities - held vigils and blocked traffic. Angry Americans assembled at landmark locations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, California, Colorado, Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, San Francisco and other cities, and were seen walking on roads and highway between moving traffic, holding placards that read 'No more Hate', and chanting "Not my President." "Not today."
Outside Trump's residence in Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue, protesters gathered with signs that read "Dump Trump". Protesters walked about 40 streets from 14th Street to Fifth Avenue. Streets surrounding the towers were completely shut off due to the protests.
Authorities estimated that as many as 5,000 people protested the real estate mogul's victory outside the Trump Tower, including pop star Lady Gaga who is a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter. Thousands of protesters blocked entry to the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago. In Los Angeles, demonstrators sprayed the Los Angeles Times building and news vans with anti-Trump profanity. Late in the evening, hundreds of people blocked one of the city's busiest freeways - US 101 between downtown and Hollywood.
Demonstrators outside the Los Angeles City Hall also set ablaze a giant, box-shaped head resembling Trump's, topped with bright orange hair. In Washington, protesters gathered outside the White House protesting against Trump's racism, sexism and xenophobia. A candlelight vigil was also held outside the White House last evening. Angry against the election of Trump as the president of the country, people were heard chanting "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and "Not my president!" The massive protests came hours after Trump, a political outsider, secured a stunning victory against Clinton, defying all forecast, a development that refused to end months-long bitter campaigning by the two political leaders.
The 70-year-old real estate tycoon, who is said to have started off his maiden political campaign with a team of just six persons and a Twitter account, single-handedly ran one of the most unconventional presidential campaigns in which political correctness was tossed out of th e window. He has been slammed by many for his divisive and derogatory rhetoric against minorities, women and immigrants.
"I'm disappointed, shocked, a little panicked for my friends and family - for everything that will be unleashed, the hate that will be unleashed," Marion Hill, 22, who joined thousands amassed outside the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago, told The Chicago Tribune. Some Californians also took to the social media and the state Capitol to voice their opinions that California should secede from the US after Trump's win. #Calexit was trending nationally. In the polls, Clinton had won California, pocketing 55 electoral college votes.
Hundreds massed in downtown Seattle streets with many holding anti-Trump and 'Black Lives Matter' signs and chanting slogans, including "Misogyny has to go," and "The people united, will never be defeated". Five persons were shot and injured in an area near the protest. However, police said the shootings and the demonstration were unrelated. Media reports said that in Austin, protesters blocked a highway while in Oakland and California, protesters lit fires in the street and stood around them chanting.
One member of the crowd near the White House held an upside-down American flag, alongside the LGBT rainbow flag, in silent protest, a media report said. Kelly Lopez, a young Latino said, she has been upset since morning when it was clear that Trump will be the next US President. She said a person who throughout his campaign has resorted to racism, bigotry, fascism and insulting women and minorities, cannot change overnight and say that he will work for all American people.
"You have bases your entire electoral race on bringing down people, you cannot suddenly change that," she said. John Jacob, referring to Trump's victory speech, said he does not trust Trump when he said he will "bind the wounds of division". "How does he take back everything he said in his campaign and the debates," Jacob said, adding that Trump does not have the experience or the intelligence of Clinton. A young African American student Elaz Iben said Trump will be president of the country for the next four years and "while I will respect the institution of the presidency, I will also respect my right to protest." The protests in the city as well as across other parts of the country were organised by a group called Socialist Alternative.
"The victory of Donald Trump is being met with shock, fear, and anger. Especially for immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and other oppressed people who Trump has singled out for attack, the question of how to defend themselves against the coming attacks is sharply posed," the group said. It urged people to come together and demonstrate their "mass opposition" to Trump. "Build a wall around Trump's bigoted agenda," the group said on its Facebook page. The group said the protests must be the beginning of "coordinated nationwide mobilisations to organise millions into a massive grassroots movement."