WASHINGTON, U.S - Donald Trump's unexpected victory has left political and media pundits reeling. Although the media largely portrayed the Trump campaign in racist and ...
• Thousands of Anti-Trump protesters shut down 5th Avenue
• Michigan cop suspended for driving with Confederate flag
• Buccaneers' Mike Evans kneels during anthem in protest against Trump
WASHINGTON, U.S - Donald Trump's unexpected victory has left political and media pundits reeling.
Although the media largely portrayed the Trump campaign in racist and misogynistic terms, the results showed these issues didn’t weigh very heavily on the electorate.
Trump did far better with women and Hispanics than the polls had predicted.
This was essentially due to an increasingly displaced blue-collar working class, a group ignored by both the left and the right.
It was their repudiation of President Barack Obama’s legacy, which wasn't motivated by race but by the relative ineffectiveness of his policies.
Nevertheless, it was a victory that was so shocking, it resulted in angry protests across the nation – on ground and on social media.
One such protest is the safety pin movement, which started in the U.S. a few days ago.
Many began donning safety pins both to protest the vote and to subtly announce themselves as allies to those minorities who felt threatened by the result, especially recent immigrants.
"Impeach Trump" protests
An “Impeach Trump” protest has already been planned, and supporters of the impeachment movement are calling for the protests to continue into the days of Trump's presidency.
Meanwhile, D.C.-based Professor Allan Lichtman, who predicted Donald Trump would win the presidential election, has made another prediction – the real estate mogul-turned-politician will be impeached.
"I’m quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook,” the professor said.
Lichtman predictions of the U.S. presidential elections, based on 13 true/false statements, have been accurate for the past 30 years with one exception: in 2000 he guessed Al Gore would win (although Gore did win the popular vote).
Fifth day of protests
Sunday was the fifth continuous day of protests with people seemingly unable to come to terms with Trump's victory.
Demonstrations were held in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Protests also flared in large metropolitan areas including Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Chicago.
Since Election Day, many have also expressed fears of bigotry and racial violence against minorities, amid incidents of harassment, slurs and hate crimes.
When asked about the protests, Trump responded during an interview, "I think it's horrible if that's happening. I think it's built up by the press because, frankly, they'll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could've been there before. If I weren't even around doing this, and they'll make into an event because that's the way the press is."
In New York, tens of thousands of New Yorkers again descended on Trump Tower, marching in a massive protest to the base of the president-elect's black Midtown skyscraper.
In Los Angeles, a crowd in the thousands filled the streets around downtown LA and assembled in front of City Hall, and several hundred ultimately marched onto the 101 freeway, shutting it down for several hours.
In Florida's St Petersburg, similar protests were witnessed.
In South Nashville, Tennessee, a peaceful anti-Trump protest was held aimed at educating people about how to live peacefully under Trump's presidency.
A group of at least 300 Ohio University students, local residents, OU faculty and others took to the streets on Sunday evening to protest the proposed policies and character of the next president.
In Texas, six people were arrested at an Anti-Trump protest.
Meanwhile, a “Houston Against Trump” protest is getting trolled by a hacker that keeps changing the time of the event.
In Indianapolis, demonstrators threw rocks at officers and chanted "Kill the police."
The crowd also chanted "Love trumps hate." Some people were arrested.
And in Michigan, a police officer was suspended with pay after he was seen off-duty driving a pickup truck bearing a Confederate flag around a group protesting Trump’s election as president.
More arrests also took place in Portland.
Some 71 people were arrested on Saturday night for disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and interfering with a police officer.
In neighbouring Canada, about a thousand people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto to protest Trump and his proposed policies.
Many are concerned that Trump’s divisive campaign could influence Canadian politics.
And sports players weren’t immune to the election result.
Mike Evans became the latest NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver isn't doing it for the same reason as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and many of his peers.
Evans said his act prior to Sunday's 36-10 win against the Bears was a form of protest against Donald Trump.
Following his shock win against Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Twitter stream is full of gloating over Republicans who didn’t support him calling to congratulate him, and attacks on The New York Times, a publication which was strongly critical of Trump all through the election campaign.
In three tweets on November 13, this is what the president-elected posted: "Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the 'Trump phenomena'."
Followed by: "The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change - doubt it?"
And the third: "The @nytimes states today that DJT believes "more countries should acquire nuclear weapons." How dishonest are they. I never said this!"
The New York Times fired back to debunk Trump’s accusations, tweeting: "@realDonaldTrump @nytimes fact: surge in new subscriptions, print & digital, with trends, stops & starts, 4 X better than normal."
It further tweeted, "We're proud of our election coverage & we will continue to 'hold power to account'."
How Facebook, Twitter helped Trump
In an interview to CBS "60 Minutes," U.S. president-elect Donald Trump credited his unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election, in large part, to social media, especially Twitter and Facebook.
“The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc,” Trump said, “I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent.”
“I think that social media has more power than the money they spent,” he told show host Lesley Stahl, a hypothesis that he said he “proved” to a certain extent.
A regular on Twitter, the business tycoon-turned-politician specified he has more than 28 million followers across various social media platforms, and said that he was getting more each day. “I think I picked up yesterday 100,000 people,” he informed Stahl.
Trump’s campaign had hundreds of millions less than Clinton’s, and chose to spend a good portion of its money in non-traditional ways.