Thousands of Americans across the US are now protesting against President-elect Donald Trump, who unexpectedly beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential elections this Wednesday, November 8 (Thursday, Manila time). This includes Filipino-Americans, with some of them admitting being supporters of Senator Leila de Lima.
A day after Donald Trump delivered his first message as the president- of the US, Americans from different walks of life started to protest his victory. According to US news sites, around 1,800 protesters gathered outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Chicago, chanting phrases such as “No Trump! No racist USA! No KKK!”
There were also protests against Trump were also made in Detroit, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington D.C. Some angry protesters carrying banners with messages, “Not my president,” “Trump says go back, we say fight back,” and “No to racism, sexism, war.” Students and teachers of Berkeley High in California cut their classes in the morning as protest.
In addition, people also gathered in front of the White House, where out-going President Barack Obama is set to host president-elect Trump at the Oval Office this Thursday. And as an effect to the strong objection against Trump, there is now a huge increase of Americans applying to be immigrants to other countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, a group of Filipino-Americans protesters in Chicago downtown was seen carrying the Philippine flag and signs that read “Not my president, not my daughter’s either.” and “My parents did not immigrate here for this.” And just like the American protesters, some of them also voiced out their protest in Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag.#TrumpProtest.
Among the world leaders who have congratulated Donald Trump.include Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Italy’s Premier Matteo Renzi and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. However, Sen Leila de Lima, whom the president has accused of being involved in illegal drug trade inside the Bilibid, is known to be a Hillary Clinton supporter.