Anti-Trump riots

     Ever since Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, the country has been violently split between Democrats and Republicans. At first, many believed this to be a hoax, but soon he received a large following and became a serious candidate. After months and months of fierce competition between Trump and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States.

     This news was shocking and alarming to half the country. It has caused elation from half the country but has made the other half feel doomed and angry. The pro-Clinton half is so outraged, many protests have broken out against the new president.

     In the streets of New York City and Los Angeles, as well as on the college campuses of the University of California, Berkeley, and Barnard University, and much more, riots have broken out. People are chanting phrases such as “I reject the President-elect” and “Not my president”. They have also been heard saying “not my president.” Many people have gone as far as to burn American flags and threaten to bomb Trump Tower.

     The police have been attempting to stop the riots since the beginning, however, it is proving to be difficult. One of the major riots, in Oakland, California, grew from 3,000 people to 6,000 people in just one hour. Over fifteen people have been arrested at just a single riot, and at least one cop has been injured by a protester.

     Many people believe that the protesters are being hypocritical, as they are causing harm out of fear that Trump will harm minorities. The protesters, however, simply believe they are standing up for themselves, which Trump will not do.

     The country’s split is not good for the government or the people as a whole. With a new president soon coming to power, the country must unite. No matter what side a person is on, many are urging for unity and teamwork.