Trump’s Win Prompts High School Walk-Out
The election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president sparked protests throughout California and beyond Wednesday, The LA Times reports.
Those who participated in the protests were confused, sad, and outraged at the Republican nominee’s appointment to commander-in-chief. Crowds openly disavowed the president-elect, and a few vandalized businesses nearby.
Half of Berkeley High School’s student body walked out of class before 9 a.m. in protest of Trump’s victory, Berkeley Unified School District officials said.
Some students tweeted, “#NotMyPresident,” while others chanted, “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can,” and waved Mexican flags, posts on social media show.
Shortly after Trump delivered his victory speech in New York, an estimated 2,000 people rallied at UCLA, UCLA Police Sgt. Miguel Banuelos said.
19-year-old N.J. Omorogieva said she was “heartbroken” by the election when she spotted the crowd while walking home.
“Of course I joined in,” she said. “To give hugs to people who were overcome by devastation.”
Anti-Trump protests were also in Portland. A large demonstration in the city included someone setting trash in a dumpster on fire and rolling it into the middle of the street.
A crowd shot expletives at the president-elect, with some members chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Seattle, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh also saw anti-Trump protests.