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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Harrison Jones

Harrison reports:

“Secret Service members rush an arrested man through a crowd after a fight broke out in front of the White House during an anti-Trump protest on Nov. 9, 2016. Police closed La Fayette Plaza after the incident, where one man was arrested.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

16 Comment

  • I voted to HRC, but have an honest question. What are people protesting about?

    Are the protesting the election process as unfair?

    Are they protesting Trump’s presidency (which hasn’t started yet, so this seems silly)?

    Are they protesting Trump as a person? I guess this is valid, but are they suggesting he stop being a person?

    I totally respect the right to protest, but effective protests are asking for a specific change (e.g. “Stop the Dakota Pipeline”).

    What are the protesters here expecting to accomplish?

    • sorry, “for HRC” not “to HRC” and “”they protesting” not “the protesting.”

      Really wish we had an edit function, even if it expired after 30 seconds.

    • I think just to show that many of us Americans don’t agree with what he stands for. Not really a protest per se, more just a show of force I guess.

    • Protesting the fact that a serial sexual predator who ran a campaign predicated on stoking ethnic-religious hatred is now going to be President. He is now the baseline for American’s human (in)decency.
      Not all protests need to have a defined outcome.

      • If you don’t have a defined outcome, what are you hoping to accomplish?

        I guess there is a cathartic value in showing your anger publicly, but it isn’t going to result in any change.

        • It is important to show those who have been scapegoated and blamed that they have the support and love of others and that there are people who care about them and that not everyone feels that way. If this helps people heal, why do you have a problem with it?

          • I don’t have a problem with it; I’m just more curious on desired outcomes. “Protest” has certain connotations that are usually tied to a desire outcome.

            President Elect Trump hasn’t done anything as President yet, so it seems premature to be protesting his presidency, unless you are protesting about the electoral process itself.

        • Sorry bro, but I won’t apologize for having high standards. Even though I’m an UMC white guy, I want my friends scapegoated by Trump to know that I still love them. Protesting is just one way of doing that.
          And yes, it’s a pressure valve for his opposition. It’s also protected by the 1st Amendment.

        • Right now I think people need a way to vent. And as long as that venting is done peacefully and in a way that isn’t hurting others, I don’t see what the problem is.
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          And although Trump obviously hasn’t taken office yet, he made a number of campaign promises that people may find worthy of protest/objection.

          • Making other feel good is important. However, it’s also important to move on from the rhetoric of the campaign and get to the practical process of governing. We all hope (!!) that the uglier rhetoric of the campaign was just designed to get votes. But the protests, in my mind, don’t help everyone to focus on the next 4 years.
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            Mario Cuomo remarked that we campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Leaving aside the travesty of referring to anything Trump says as poetry, the larger point is that governing is a practical exercise. Let’s get to it. There will be plenty of time to protect particular actions of President (!!) Trump, if necessary, rather than just venting our collective spleens about the fact of his election.

  • I like to think these protests across the country are a way of saying that (at least it appears) the majority of us did NOT vote for him. And, regardless of the rules, we we’re robbed.

    • So your opinion is that the protesters are protesting the electoral college and suggesting that the popular vote should elect the president? Or are they suggesting that there was voter fraud that “gave” the election to Trump?

  • The person who benefits the most from unruly or violent protests is Vladimir Putin, and hasn’t he already won enough?

    As usual, keep it civil and peaceful, the authoritarians of the world LOVE to see discord in a democracy. It lets them show their subjects how “messy and unpatriotic” a healthy democracy is.