“Not My President!” Chants Heard Across the Nation

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Los Angeles demonstrators burn Trump’s head in effigy. Screen capture from CNN.

Spontaneous Nation-wide Protests Break Out in Response to Trump’s Election – Including San Diego

“Not my president,” was a chant that has been heard across the nation, as spontaneous protests broke out across the country in response to the election of Donald Trump.

Many thousands protested in all the major cities – including a couple protests in San Diego. At least 25 cities overnight experienced protests . Demonstrations have been targeting Trump’s properties across the country. Protests have also been outside city halls and on college and high school campuses. CNN

The first demonstrations occurred right after Clinton’s concession phone call to Trump. They continued throughout Wednesday – and at least on the West Coast – continued past midnight, particularly in Los Angeles, where protesters shut down the 101 until dispersed, and in Oakland, where 40 small fires were reported.

But all the big cities witnessed thousands in the streets, chanting and marching: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Oakland, LA, Portland, Seattle. Nearly hundred arrests were made nation-wide. ThinkProgress


Hundreds take over intersection in downtown San Diego. Screen capture from NBC7News.

In San Diego

In San Diego, 18 people were arrested by police at the end of a demonstration in and around Horton Plaza Wednesday night. Hundreds had gathered Downtown in protest of Trump’s election. Organized by an event post on Facebook by a group called it “Love Trumps Hate”, it called for people to gather at the Horton Plaza for a peaceful  solidarity rally.

The demonstration began with a small crowd standing on two corners of Broadway and Front Street. Once hundreds had assembled at Horton Plaza, the crowd took to the streets, and marched down 5th Avenue to Market Street, blocking several intersections NBC7. During the hours-long demonstration, protesters yelled: “Not my president,” “Love trumps hate,” and “This is what democracy looks like,” and others.  The SDU-T reports that the crowd swelled to 500 protesters.   San Diego U-T

Around 9:15pm, San Diego Police declared the protest an unlawful assembly, ordering people to leave.

Many dispersed as officers clad in riot gear closed in on Fifth Avenue near Broadway. Still, a smaller crowd marched for two more hours. Police said 18 people were arrested throughout the night. No specific information about the arrests was released.

UC San Diego also saw two protests up and near the campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, near midnight, after Trump had given his victory speech, “about 500 students marched through the La Jolla campus and onto a Interstate 5 freeway on-ramp. One woman, 18, was hit by a car about 1:40 a.m. and suffered major injuries, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The driver, a 46-year-old man, stopped and was not suspected of drunken driving.”

Later on Wednesday, more than 50 students sat down in front of the campus Geisel Library in a silent protest to Trump’s election The protest at the university was the second by students Wednesday. At midnight, shortly after Trump gave his victory speech, about 500 students marched through the La Jolla campus and onto a Interstate 5 freeway on-ramp.

One woman, 18, was hit by a car about 1:40 a.m. and suffered major injuries, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The driver, a 46-year-old man, stopped and was not suspected of drunken driving.

Demonstration planned for San Diego Saturday, November 12th. More on that later.

Doug Porter over at SDFP has more updates, links and plans for the future.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Cholly November 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Is there any organized means of dealing with this mess.


RB November 10, 2016 at 2:04 pm

The current generation of college students are not use to being told that they lost.
The peaceful way to deal with their shock is to give them participation trophies and emotional service puppies to take back to their safe spaces……….


mjt November 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Post election hysteria Dr Freud, what do you suggest?
Well these people certainly are fixated, fearful, agitated.

I think we have a phenomena of collective narcissism, order more couches, these people need rest.


OB John November 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm

And so, history will repeat:

I’ll practice on my apathy. ??


Carl Zanolli November 11, 2016 at 5:15 am

Jill Stein, Gary Johnson and those who voted for them handed the election to Trump


OB John November 11, 2016 at 8:35 am

Not the 47% of eligble voters who chose to not vote?

If the Democrats choose your line of reasoning then 2021 will begin be Trumps 2nd term.


cc November 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

I hate trump but you won’t see me in the streets. Enough people voted for him to elect him so everyone else needs to deal with it.

The reactions are kind of proving the point that our problems start in our own minds and our own actions. People need to choose to live like we want and need to live. People thinking that trump being elected will affect their lives are going to let it affect their lives.


triggerfinger November 11, 2016 at 2:34 pm

If President Obama and Hillary Clinton can accept him as our next president, then so can the rest of us. This all seems like a waste of energy.


Frank Gormlie November 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm

OBama has to, so does Hillary, but we don’t. President-elect Trump is still a fascist. try to wrap your brain around that. Fascists don’t care about democratic niceties.

Try not to open the door to those who want to end what’s left of our democratic traditions.

It’s time to fight back – and thank god for all those young people in the streets – they will save our country.


jettyboy November 14, 2016 at 10:51 am

Maybe if all those involved in the protests around the country bothered to vote in the first place they wouldn’t be needed. Just saying.


Frank Gormlie November 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

Many of the young people protesting are of voting age, mi amigo.


Bearded OBcean November 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Yah, but that doesn’t mean they’re a-votin’.
Out of curiosity, to what democratic traditions are you referring in your above post are we in danger of losing?
Fascism has become a buzzword that has lost its meaning. The left has tossed that canard at the right for decades. Reagan was one , GWB, now Trump. It becomes tiring.


triggerfinger November 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Check out page 2 of this census report, and the abysmal voting record of our youth, and how it wasn’t always that way. In fact, since 1964, the only demographic that hasn’t declined in voter turnout is the 65 and older crowd.


And that’s just for presidential elections. Midterm elections are less than half of that. A whopping 18% of voters under 30 cast a ballot in the 2014 election! It looks like Kanye has more followers than congress.



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