After the 2016 election results claimed Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, America was thrust into complete uproar. Shortly after the elections, there erupted various protests and revolts throughout the country, deepening the already cataclysmic divide that has plagued the nation over the past year. Though Democratic candidate (an expected winner of the elections) Hillary Clinton humbly conceded, and President Barack Obama gave his congratulations, their words did nothing to console the hearts of many Americans that are appalled by the results.
Nearly a week has passed since the day Donald Trump was declared President, and the protests against the results have yet to cease. Though most are performed peacefully, there have been a significant amount of protests that have spiraled into riots, most notably the incident that occurred November 13th in Portland, Oregon, where around 70 people were arrested, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct. Along with protests, much attention is being drawn to a movement coined "Calexit": the removal of California from the United States.
The protests and defiance from the leftist parties have been met with much anger by conservatives, who have stormed the #NotMyPresident and other anti-Trump movements on social media with hateful and condescending comments, believing the ongoing protests to be pointless and simply unnecessary.
This fear and shock that is met with the leftist parties in the United States belong not only to them, but to many people abroad, as President Trump's rhetoric has earned him a negative reputation overseas. The entire world is stunned and uncertain of the future that America may hold.
Trump's success in the election was due to the deciding factor of the Electoral College, even though candidate Hillary Clinton had beaten him in the popular vote. These results, along with Trump's stance towards racial discrimination and international concerns, are what continue to drive Americans in protesting against his election.
Bernie Sanders, a previous challenger for the spot of Democratic presidential candidate, commented on the ongoing protests, stating in an interview with USA Today's Capital Download:
...I think that people are saying, ‘Mr. Trump, we have come too far in this country fighting discrimination and bigotry. We’re not going back. And if you’re going to continue that effort, you’re going to have to take us on.’ ...