It should be no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump’s surprising victory last night has made numerous people across the country rather upset. On Wednesday, protesters throughout the country came out onto the streets to oppose the election of Trump. Two of the biggest protest rallies were held on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. and at various locations throughout Los Angeles, California.
The protests that took place near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue were kept friendly, although protesters left a sign which read “better than bigotry.” As for the protests in California, they were a bit more massive. Roughly 1,500 students from Berkeley High School just got up and walked out of their classes to protest Trump’s victory. While marching toward the University of California’s Berkeley campus, they held signs condemning Trump. Other protests similar to this one were reportedly happening at numerous schools and college campuses throughout the United States. In Oakland, California, protesters went so far as to start trash fires on the street.
Many of the students and protesters believe their country is now destroyed. The biggest fear comes from minorities who don’t believe Donald Trump respects Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and women. Throughout Trump’s campaign, he claimed that he’s going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the country and ban Muslims from entering the country. Now that he’s won the election, those alleged policy ideas could very well become a reality over the course of the next year.
As Wednesday night approached, the protests only got bigger. There are currently seven cities across the U.S. which have very large protests. Some protesters in Washington D.C. are holding upside down American flags. Others are still in tears over the emotional realization that Donald Trump is going to be their next president. In a country this divided, Trump is going to have his work cut out for him if he truly wants to bridge the gap between those on the right and left.