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Donald Trump Praises Protesters After First Blaming Media for Inciting Them

Friday, November 11, 2016 15:56
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  Donald Trump protesters in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Over 60 million people did not vote for Donald Trump, and they are not happy that the Republican candidate won the election.

WATCH: Making Sense of the 2016 Election and Where We Go From Here

Suicide hotlines have reported a spike in call volume after Trump’s win. According to the The New York Daily News, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received 660 calls between 1-2 a.m. EST on Wednesday—more than 2 1/2 times the average—right after the race was called for the New York businessman.

“It clearly is and was an indication that there’s a lot of anxiety and fear around the election,” National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director John Draper told the Daily News.

People are anxious and angry about what is going to happen next with Trump’s presidential administration. Many of those people have hit the streets in cities across the United States to protest their displeasure.

On Thursday evening, President-Elect Trump responded to the protesters with one of his favorite means of communication: Twitter.

After first blaming the media for inciting professional protesters, early Friday morning, Trump changed his tune nine hours later with a 3 a.m. tweet.

Trump’s new message expressed an appreciation for dissent and called for unity, but don’t expect the protests to stop or protesters to be silenced. On Saturday, a #UnitedAgainstHate march against Trump is planned in Los Angeles. So far, 12,000 people have said they are going. Union del Barrio, a political group in Southern California, is organizing the event and “calling on ALL organizations and individuals that stand against injustice, against racism, against imperialist war, against fascism, against sexism to JOIN TOGETHER to march to show Trump that LA will not allow his racist/fascist attacks on the working class!”

Revitalizing the social justice movement is one of the silver lining’s of Trump’s victory. The work of organizers and protesters, like the work of the Trump administration, has just begun.

Tim O’Reilly, the founder of O’Reilly Media and the man who popularized the terms “open source” and “Web 2.0,” has some advice for how Trump protesters should fight:

Let us fight what needs to be fought. But let’s fight for, not against. Let’s not meet anger with anger, hatred with hatred. Let us fight with intelligence and strategic insight into points of leverage to achieve positive outcomes. Let us fight with honor, and kindness, and the love of the good.

Reilly’s statement echoed the warning Bernie Sanders gave to Trump.

To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.

Read O’Reilly’s full piece here.

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