Anti-Trump Protests Continue Across United States

For a second straight night thousands of dissatisfied Americans poured into streets across the United States to protest Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Demonstrators in Baltimore, Minneapolis, Oakland and Los Angeles marched deep into the evening, holding signs and proclaiming that the president-elect does not represent them. While the far majority of protesters were peaceful, some in Portland smashed car windshields and purportedly set small fires.

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The Washington Post reported that an estimated 4,000 people took part in Thursday’s protest in Portland. At least 26 had been arrested, Portland police said, blaming “anarchists” for destroying property and declaring part of the protest a riot.

Police reportedly deployed rubber bullets, pepper spray and other so-called “less lethal munitions” to disperse protesters.

In Minneapolis, thousands of disgruntled voters reportedly blocked a busy interstate in the city, producing a major traffic jam, according to the StarTribune.

After his meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday morning, which the national press characterized as cordial, Trump Tweeted that “professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting.” The protests, which began Wednesday, appeared to grow organically, and although the media covered the demonstrations, it was unclear what provoked the president-elect to accuse the press of inciting protests.

Later, Trump softened his tone, cheering “small groups” of protesters for demonstrating their “passion for the country.”

Trump’s supporters have come to the future president’s defense and slammed protesters for hitting the streets following a democratic election.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a core Trump confidant, called protesters on college campuses “a bunch of spoiled crybabies” in an interview with Fox & Friends.

Yet Trump himself encouraged people to “march on Washington” after President Obama was re-elected in 2012, calling the election a “travesty.”

Protests are expected to continue across the United States.

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