Thousands of people across the country marched, shut down highways, burned effigies and shouted angry slogans on Wednesday night to protest the election of Donald J. Trump as president.
The demonstrations, fueled by social media, continued into the early hours of Thursday. The crowds swelled as the night went on but remained mostly peaceful.
Protests were reported in cities as diverse as Dallas and Oakland and included marches in Boston; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Washington and at college campuses in California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
They chanted “Not our president” and “New York hates Trump” and carried signs that said, among other things, “Dump Trump.” Restaurant workers in their uniforms briefly left their posts to cheer on the demonstrators.
I have some advice for the protesters… Look, it stings. I know. I have been living your nightmare for eight years. Truth be told, I am wary of the president elect myself. But listen cupcakes, screaming and chanting won’t do a damned thing. You can say that he isn’t your president, but he is.
Obama made damned sure we all knew he was the president and that was that. He rubbed it in. He told us to get in the back seat because we weren’t driving anymore. He told us over that he won and we lost and it didn’t matter how we felt about it. He was president and we just had to deal with it.
Well, guys, the shoe is on the other foot. There is nothing you can do. Do you understand? Nothing.
Get used to it because it doesn’t get any easier.