National Unrest After Trump Victory

National Unrest After Trump Victory

Erika Spafford

UNITED STATES – As of November 8th, 2016, after a shocking and unexpected turn of events, Republican candidate Donald Trump exceeded the 270 required electoral votes, becoming the 45th President of United States.  In lieu of his victory, however, multiple protests, whose spontaneity is under investigation, have broken out throughout the nation.

    Ever since the beginning of his campaign, Trump’s blunt statements have been labeled as either racist or extreme.  His inappropriate remarks about women, deportation, building a wall, and comments on Latinos and Muslims have sparked national outrage, serving as the fuel for the nation’s current turmoil.

From New York City, to Chicago, to Seattle and San Francisco, thousands of angry protesters have gathered together and marched their city’s streets, yelling and bashing Trump as their new leader.  According to MSN, one of the most noted demonstrations has been in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, where citizens were chanting “Not my president” (2016).

In Oakland, California, a violent protest involving over 6,000 people resulted in two police officers getting injured and the damage of two of their squad cars.  About 1,800 people gathered before Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago shouting “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA” (MSN, 2016).

At the moment, a group known as MoveOn, is thought to be responsible for organizing the protests.  George Soros, a renowned billionaire who also funded the Black Lives Matter movement, is also being accused of funding the anti-Trump demonstrations for his own benefit.

The protests on educational campuses, on the other hand, are purely in protest and are not believed to be funded by a larger group.  Schools in places such as Des Moines, Iowa; Berkeley, California; Seattle, Washington; and Phoenix, Arizona, have had hundreds of students walk out of class, and the schools themselves, in protest.  Some students at Yale got their professor to make their exam optional because they were so emotionally distraught over Trump’s win.

The University of Vermont, the Boston Latin School, and the University of California are only a few of the schools that are now offering support and counseling to students who were negatively affected by the election.  Mrs. Linda Schemenauer, a civics and economics teacher at Lake Michigan Catholic High School, thinks that the protests are futile.

“Get a life.  People that have time to protest all of this have too much time, so they need to get a real life.”

Though Donald Trump’s win was unexpected, the nation should not be reacting so negatively.  Although he comes across as tactless at times, Americans need to remember that Trump was voted into office fairly and that he will only do his best for the betterment of the nation.