This Is How America Is Reacting To The Rise Of Donald J. Trump

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This Is How America Is Reacting To The Rise Of Donald J. Trump

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I can always look west towards the confident American spirit to inspire me into thinking more positively when the going gets tough.


One thing I will say for Donald Trump is that he knows how to press people's buttons. That's a skill I have been trying and failing to fine-tune for a very long time.

He has the world's attention as he prepares to lead a now deeply divided nation. There are those celebrating the uncertain future while others are licking their wounds following defeat in a brutal battle. Either way, America has made its decision and Trump won and change will inevitably follow.

Since being elected as the 45th President of the United States of America, the Republican has caused ripples throughout the country. Flags are burning, people are chanting and the nation seems more split now than perhaps it was before. Following one of America's ugliest election races, can Trump really turn it around to gain the trust and loyalty from the American people? Or is this just the start of things to come?

Over the last few days, scenes captured across America show how its people are reacting to the news. It's not the proud, flag-waving spectacle that we are used to seeing following an election result.


On both sides, as the stats trickled through the media, the floodgates crept open and a wave of hate came flooding in.

In the wake of the election, the police are now investigating a dramatic increase in alleged hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community.

Chris Ball, a film producer from Calgary, was attacked by men shouting homophobic slurs in Santa Monica on the night Trump won the election.


Meanwhile, in Oakland, California a sea of rebels demonstrated their anger.

Shaun King is the senior justice writer at the New York Daily News. He's been capturing the uprise in violence that has spread like wildfire across the land of the free.

First up, we have anti-LGBT protesters setting fire to symbolic flags.


Next, a man who insulted a Hispanic lady in Palm Desert, California.

Kids learn by example. Considering they are 'our future', this is terrifying.


In Texas, a man ripped off a woman's hijab.

A school in Pennsylvania was the backdrop of swastika graffiti and racial harassment.

And the elderly fear for their lives. This lady, who chose to keep her identity hidden, is "more terrified to live here [USA] than when she was a refugee in Iran."

As well as extreme, fascist views, the protests against the new President-elect have been just as forcefully expressed.

First, here were the scenes in San Francisco.

On both sides, New York was on edge on election night. Here's how democratic supporters reacted to the news that Trump will be their next president.

"Grab America by the p***y," some would say. Careful, though. "P***y grabs back," suggests one protester in Oakland, California.

Any excuse for fireworks... In the street.

And in Portland...

Meanwhile, at Trump Tower on 5th Ave in New York, reinforcements are being brought in to protect the new President-Elect's home.

Following the result, protesters in London felt the shockwave and also took to the streets.

The guy hasn't even got his feet under the desk in the Oval Office yet and already cracks are starting to widen around him.

He has four years to unify his country and "make America great again". At the moment, it's not looking hopeful. At least there's room for improvement, an optimist would say.

Featured image credit: PA

Topics: Us Presidential election, Trump, violence, Protest

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