To say that Trump’s victory was an extremely close one is not exaggerating in the slightest. It’s also not exaggerating to say that his victory has also been very divisive, and has seen friends and family split apart over their choice yesterday.
While Trump won’t be sworn in as President until January 20 next year, the country is already feeling the backlash of his election victory. Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against his victory.
The slogan “not my president”, which began life as a hashtag, was shouted by some and others burned effigies of the President-elect.
Despite his previous criticisms of the President-elect, current President Barack Obama has tried to calm the American people and urge them to accept the results of the election.
He said: “I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night at 3:30 in the morning to congratulate him on winning the election and invited him to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure there is a successful transition between our two presidencies.”
“It is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences,” Obama said, adding that “we all want what’s best for this country. We are all now rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.”
The defeated Hillary Clinton has also spoken to the American people, and said that: “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
However, despite their attempts to calm the storm, there have been several protests across various cities. In New York, thousands marched on Trump Tower, attacking Mr Trump’s policies on immigration, gay rights and reproductive rights. Fifteen people were arrested, according to the New York Times.
We also saw protests that were mostly peaceful but in Oakland, California, some demonstrators smashed shop windows and threw missiles at riot police, who apparently responded with tear gas.
A mass anti-Trump rally shut down the key 101 freeway in Los Angeles, and in Chicago, crowds blocked the entrance to Trump Tower, chanting: “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA”.
In Portland, Oregon, an interstate highway was temporarily closed by protestors, and inn Washington DC, protesters held a candlelit vigil. There were also protests conducted in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco, amongst other cities.