“We reject the president elect!”


VOA News

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march up Fifth Avenue in New York during a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Nov. 12, 2016.

Malieka Khan, Photojournalist

As of November 8, 2016 the United States of America now has a new president elect, Donald Trump. Trump will to take over office January 20, 2017, and is part of the Republican party. Running against his opponent Hillary Clinton, he won the overall votes taking states such as: Texas, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. However, despite winning the election, many people all around the United States are rioting against the new president elect. The true question, however, is why and is it even worth it?

Throughout America, citizens have been protesting, though some may call them riots, against the new president Donald Trump. Colleges such as UCLA and Yale have been said to protest against future president Trump for many reasons. Each students has their different views on the subject, but mainly his thoughts on deportation and his ideas on immigration are causing the uproar. Those not protesting, however, are debating whether it is wise to do so, since he did win the votes after all. Many say that if these rioters are so upset about the results of the elected president, that they should have voted and cast their opinions instead of not voting at all. Trump, winning 290 electoral votes, was the more popular candidate by far, however the backlash of his winning office could make one assume that these votes are inaccurate. The true question is, are these riots useful, justified, or necessary? Maddie Cusick (9) believes, “While these protests are important to some people, they are getting violent and are ineffective before trump is actually inaugurated. People should at least wait until he is inaugurated to do something, although protests will not change anything.” Some question the true outcome of these riots and whether they will make a difference that matters to who is in office. Others see these protests such as the ones taking place in Atlanta where the main focus surrounds signs such as, “Not my president,” and, “We reject the president elect,” as useless acts of violence since there is no changing the election results, yet other protests such as, “Build bridges, not walls,” can be seen as peaceful actions. These protests are mainly held by Clinton supporters upset over the results of the election, however most argue protesting against Trump will not change the outcome that has been reached.  

Consequently, these riots have been scattered around multiple media platforms only bringing attention to the problems, splitting the nation down the middle between supporters of these riots and supporters of the new president elect. The new problem this nation faces is how these protests are truly splitting the United States into two sides when now, more than ever, America needs to join together to fight hatred and promote peace.