“Not our President”

Americans Protest President-Elect Trump


Ted S. Warren

Americans march in protest of the 2016 election results

Gabby Geromin, Reporter

Following the presidential election of 2016 many Americans, all over the country, rose up in protest of their soon to be president, taking to the streets marching and chanting.

Over the course of the week and well beyond, protests were held from Boston all the way to Los Angeles. While most of the protests were meant to be peaceful, many protesters strayed from that idea and began vandalizing property by smashing windows, setting fires, and arguing with each other. While no one was injured, police made numerous arrests in order to try to quell the violence.

Americans protest the 2016 election results  CNN

“The best way to heal is to accept the outcomes,” said junior Colin Solomon when asked if he thought the protests were changing anything. “This late, there is little to no effect, sure it can change minds, change hearts, but it’s too late in the game to change an Electoral College decision.” Though he has protested in Washington D.C. before, he wasn’t comfortable sharing his experience, but he did add that one way he would protest would be through marching and using signs.

Senior Carmella Boykin also said that she would march as a form of protest. Although she has never protested before, when asked if she would, she replied, “If it’s something you felt that you can make a difference by protesting, then yes.”

On the other hand, freshman Christopher Alexopoulos said that even if given the chance, he still wouldn’t protest, remarking that he “feel[s] that most peaceful, or supposed to be, protests cause a big public disturbance.” He even went so far as to say he doesn’t “really care too much about the election so protesting something out in the cold for something that won’t change I find is a bit useless”

As of now the nation still seems to be upset with the decision to elect Donald Trump as president and protests continue on as inauguration day quickly approaches. These protests have arisen as a result of the election and are now continuing as the Electoral College votes have been counted, leaving the United States with then President-elect Donald Trump.