Thousands of torn Americans continue to rally as Trump supporters mock protesters

NEW YORK, U.S. - Protests continued for the third day as thousands marched on the streets from the east to the west coast to vent their anger over the election of Trump. Thousands took to ...


• Mood of a deeply-divided nation: Anger, dismay on the streets and on social media

• Thousands take to the street to protest Trump win, online many "unfriend" each other

• War of words heats up, without any monitoring

NEW YORK, U.S. - Protests continued for the third day as thousands marched on the streets from the east to the west coast to vent their anger over the election of Trump.

Thousands took to the streets of Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, voicing anger at Trump’s inflammatory and often deeply controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women.

In Miami, several thousand activists marched through the downtown, with a few hundred making their way onto a highway, halting traffic in both directions.

In New York, demonstrators again gathered in Washington Square Park and by Trump Tower, where the Republican president-elect lives, on Fifth Avenue.

Between 500 and 600 people marched in Orlando on Friday in peaceful protests, police said. 

In Atlanta, hundreds of protesters took to the streets for the third night in a row.

Organisers said several thousand people gathered on Boston Common to publicly object to the election of Trump. 

The evening event was billed as a rally for love and peace rather than a protest.

More protests and marches are planned for Saturday in cities that include Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas and New York, among others.

There are also reports of a spurt in attacks targeting minority communities following Trump's unexpected victory earlier this week.

Muslims, African-Americans and Mexican-Americans have reported been verbally and physically attacked just two days after Americans elected Trump as president.

Social media quarrels heat up

Even as protesters continued to rally, the social media has become a battle ground where people are expressing much more than on the streets. On Facebook groups supporting Trump, discussions on how Trump won fair and square dominate the ones where Clinton supporters allege foul play. 

One user on a Facebook group featuring ‘Friends who support Donald Trump’ said, “I find it very interesting that pro-Trump folks did not delete pro-Hillary people, but the pro-Hillary people were quick to delete the Trump voters and many got nasty about it. And therein lies the difference. Very sad.”

This, after several Trump supporters began revealing themselves to their friends, family and co-workers, leading both Democrats and Republicans to vow to “unfriend” anyone who disagreed with their candidate of choice, ignoring calls for unity by President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I voted for Trump!” wrote one Rhode Island woman. “If you don’t like me anymore because of it, then you were never really my friend. I’ll help direct you to the unfriend button.”

“I proudly voted for Trump,” another from California announced. “Unfriend me, call me racist, sexist, uneducated, simple minded, etc. my real friends know the truth and everyone else, I don’t need you in my life. #sorryimnotsorry

This is what a Hillary Clinton supporter had to say online. “I’ve been grabbed and harassed by strangers more times than I can count. If you voted for Trump then unfriend me now. You’re NOT my friend.”

Another from Texas told his Facebook friends to unfriend him if they voted for Trump because, “We don’t see America the same way.” 

Many Trump supporters said they felt disrespected by loved ones who unfriended them due to their support for the Republican businessman-turned-politician. 

There were signs that the battle on the internet would not wind down anytime soon, in fact it could just get worse. 

The coalition of trolls and white supremacists, mostly anonymous, that turned many of the internet’s social spaces into toxic cisterns of abuse is showing signs it was emboldened by Wednesday’s historic results.

"Build a wall"

Meanwhile, a video of a group of students chanting “build a wall” in their school cafeteria has gone viral.

It’s a reference to president-elect Donald Trump’s rallying cry at campaign events about the wall he promised to build along the Rio Grande to keep Mexicans from crossing the border.

The incident in Royal Oak, Michigan, was caught on cellphone video by a student in the cafeteria of a middle school in the Detroit suburb.

School and district authorities asking for the community’s support in helping to create a positive narrative on the election results following the bitterly divisive campaign.

Battleground California

A cross-section of leaders across California have vowed to fight any plans by Trump to deport thousands of people in the U.S. illegally.

California has some of the nation’s most liberal policies when it comes to handling immigrants. 

The Golden State could be on a collision course with Trump if he pushes hard-line immigration policies enthusiastically backed by many of his supporters.

 

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