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    Protesters holds up signs in opposition of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory as they march from Jefferson Square Park, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in Louisville Ky.

President-elect Donald Trump seems to be having a change of heart about those protesting the election results.

Trump had denounced the protesters in a tweet late Thursday. He wrote that “professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”

But early today, he tweeted: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

Thousands have been gathering in cities across the United States to protest Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s election.

Demonstrations occurred from Portland, Oregon, to Chicago, to New York and parts in between and each typically drew a few hundred people, less than the thousands that gathered in various protests that surged after it became clear Trump had won Tuesday’s election.

In Portland Thursday night hundreds of people marched throughout the city as protests turned violent, with people smashing store windows and lighting off firecrackers. Police declared the protests a riot, said there were people with baseball bats in the crowd and told people via loudspeaker to move on.

Oregon Department of Transportation officials closed portions of Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 in the area intermittently as a precaution.

In Denver, protesters managed to shut down Interstate 25 near downtown Denver briefly Thursday night.

Denver police tweeted around 10 p.m. that demonstrators made their way onto the freeway and traffic was halted in the northbound and southbound lanes. Police say the interstate was reopened about half an hour later as the crowd moved back downtown.

Earlier protests in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs on Wednesday and Thursday went off peacefully.

In San Francisco’s downtown, high-spirited high school students marched through, chanting “not my president” and holding signs urging a Donald Trump eviction. They waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags, as bystanders in the heavily Democratic city high-fived the marchers from the sidelines.

“As a white, queer person, we need unity with people of color, we need to stand up,” said Claire Bye, a 15-year-old sophomore at Academy High School. “I’m fighting for my rights as an LGBTQ person. I’m fighting for the rights of brown people, black people, Muslim people.”

In New York City, a large group of demonstrators once again gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue Thursday night. They chanted angry slogans and waved banners baring anti-Trump messages.

“You got everything straight up and down the line,” demonstrator David Thomas said. “You got climate change, you got the Iran deal. You got gay rights, you got mass deportations. Just everything, straight up and down the line, the guy is wrong on every issue.”

Protesters briefly shut down interstate highways in Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon. In Philadelphia, protesters near City Hall held signs bearing slogans like “Not Our President,” ”Trans Against Trump” and “Make America Safe For All.” About 500 people turned out at a protest in Louisville, Kentucky and in Baltimore, hundreds of people marched to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Trump Tower in Chicago and a growing group was getting into some shoving matches with police in Oakland, California.

Another protest was building in Los Angeles, where 28 people were arrested Wednesday for blocking traffic during a demonstration that also saw vandalism to some buildings and a news truck.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, condemned what he called a “very, very small group of people” that caused problems in that demonstration but said he was proud of the thousands more that peacefully protested.

“I actually thought it was a beautiful expression of democracy. I think it was a marvelous thing to see the next generation of this country get engaged and involved,” he said at a news conference, adding that at one time in his life he might have joined them.

As expected, the demonstrations prompted some social media blowback from Trump supporters accusing protesters of sour grapes or worse, though there were no significant counter-protests.

Trump supporters said the protesters were not respecting the democratic process.

As of Thursday, Democrat Hillary Clinton was leading Trump in votes nationwide 47.7 percent to 47.5 percent, but Trump secured victory in the Electoral College.

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  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, said about the demonstrations “I actually thought it was a beautiful expression of democracy.” No, Mr. Mayor. The beautiful expression of democracy was the election and not the protests or demonstrations by people who did not get their way in the election.

    • In Portland Thursday night hundreds of people marched throughout the city as protests turned violent, with people smashing store windows and lighting off firecrackers. Police declared the protests a riot, said there were people with baseball bats in the crowd and told people via loudspeaker to move on.

      These are not protests or demonstrations. They are riots and there is nothing spontaneous about them. For those who have read Dinesh D’Souza’s account of being in the lock up with hardened criminals (STEALING AMERICA: WHAT MY EXPERIENCE WITH CRIMINAL GANGS TAUGHT ME), it was explained to him how riots are planned, financed and executed like a military operation.

      For those who have not read the book, check out: http://www.dineshdsouza.com/books/stealing-america/

      QUOTE
      What do the Democratic Party and a gang of criminals have in common? Funny you should ask!
      In the fall of 2014, outspoken pundit, author, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza found himself hauled into federal court for improperly donating money to a friend who was running for the Senate.
      D’Souza pleaded guilty, apologized for his offense, and was sentenced to eight months in a state-run confinement center near his home in San Diego. In the facility, he lived among hardened criminals—drug dealers, thieves, gangbangers, rapists, and murderers.
      Previously, D’Souza had seen America through the eyes of a grateful immigrant who came here as a student and became successful by applying and defending conservative principles. Again and again, D’Souza made the case that America is an exceptional nation, fundamentally fair and just.
      D’Souza’s prolonged exposure to the criminal underclass provided an eye-opening education in American realities. In the view of hardened criminals, America is anything but fair and just. Instead, it is a jungle in which various armed gangs face off against one another, with the biggest and most powerful gangs inhabiting the federal government.
      Applying this hardboiled perspective to American politics, D’Souza saw that America is becoming less exceedingly exceptional every day. Indeed, it is in danger of becoming just like India and other corrupt third world nations, run by gangs of kleptocrats. As for American liberalism, it is not a movement of ideas at all; it is but a series of scams and cons aimed at nothing less than stealing the wealth of the American people.

  • Free speech is at the very core of our Constitution. The protesters must be allowed, despite the accusation of media interference by President-elect Trump.

  • Lets break this down shall we. The AP headline reads “Trump reacts as protests surge…”. By the sound of it you would think that the AP (notice how there is NO name to the article) would give Mr. Trump his due to speak here right? 2 sentences in 1 short paragraph. While the protesters get 50 sentences in 13 paragraphs. Didn’t they (the PRESS) whine about protocol yesterday. The AP called the protesters “high spirited”. So Democrat LOSERS who “turned violent”, “block traffic” and create a “riot” are “high spirited” to the AP. You can guess what they would call the other side. They even have an LA Mayor who “actually thought it was a beautiful expression of Democracy” Whaaat? Then at the near end it says “As expected, the demonstrations prompted some social media blowback.”. You’d think? It seems like the intent of this article is to encourage MORE protest from these LOSERS, so right on cue the MSM (the mouthpiece of the Democraps) is quick to oblige.

    • This. All of it. Trump’s triumph will uncover this great, grand shibai. But the liberal/democratic sheep herd will continue to find ways to justify their otherwise ignorant ways.

    • AP knows how to manipulate the protesters by giving them publicity. Are they just trying to sell more paper or bash our President. But I love it. I knew he would make it an interesting Presidency. I guess AP knew that too. Meet the new Boss same as the old Boss.

  • soros’s and the female felon’s democrat brown shirts have been activated across america. convoys of buses are now transporting professional protestors to protest locations to initiate protests posing as spontaneous grass roots locals who are ignorant of u.s. presidential election procedures and protesting trump’s election.

    wise and alert americans across the country recognized the dangers of government infected with massive corruption, unfettered hate and demonizing tactics that were used in germany in the 1930s.

    trump was able to build a diverse coalition of compassionate and thoughtful blacks, asians, native americans, whites, jews, christians, buddhists, muslims, straights, gays, women, men and people of all backgrounds. these same intelligent americans rejected the democrats use of the same hateful rhetoric and attempts at instigating class warfare in america.

    this coalition of diverse americans came together election day, dedicated to remove corruption and hate from american politics.

    it’s time democrats joined other americans who are working to make america great, the great america that legal immigrants dream of being a part of when they apply to legally come to america.

    democrats need to rid themselves of their sociopathic narcissistic arrogance and condescending attitude and help america improve itself for all of its citizens, its guests and its foreign neighbors.

    • “democrats need to rid themselves of their sociopathic narcissistic arrogance and condescending attitude and help america improve itself for all of its citizens, its guests and its foreign neighbors.” You just described the new president.

    • You’re kidding! It was the Republicans who were demonstrating hatred against Obama. Remember a guy name Mitch McConnell and what he said after Obama got elected? Now it’s going to be pay back time so stop complaining. Putting pressure on Trump the same way you did on Obama will be fun.

      • there were no demonstrations and protests after obama’s election. there were no riots, no property damage, no graffiti, to shops broken into.

        this is far beyond payback. this is anarchy paid and led by soros and the female felon’s brown shirts and mercenary protestors bused into towns to wreak their havoc.

        the hate, fear mongering and race baiting is totally owned by the democrat party.

      • Those of us who did not agree with The Incompetent One’s presidency, did we demonstrate, riot, and promote anarchy for the past 8 long years? No, we sat it out and respected the people’s will, and soldiered on through all of the lying, corruption, and presidential overreach of this so-called “president”. Typical liberals. They preach tolerance and free speech, but only up to the point where anyone’s opinion is in disagreement with theirs. The responsible thing for Hillary and obama would be to denounce the unrest and call for respect for the rule of law. But, no. There is a deafening absence of leadership from these two, as if it is their last swan song on their way out. What a bunch of whining, emotionally fragile, self-entitled brats we have raised. As we celebrate Veterans Day, I grieve for the lives lost and the suffering of those who gave their all to allow these miscreants to enjoy the freedom to express their opinions. Opinions, Yes. Violence, rioting, and destruction, NO.

  • I’m hoping that being the president-elect will settle Donald down, that he’ll finally show the temperament to be a leader. First step, his aides need to take his Twitter away—permanently!

  • Time for some law and order. Blast them with a water cannon back to mommy & daddy’s basement. Restriction for one week – No cell phone or Starbucks.

    • Don’t be surprised if he and Vlad team up to battle a common enemy: Islamic fanatics.

      Remember when the Chechens took an entire middle school hostage and killed so many of the children?

      • Seriously? Twitter seems to be his weapon of choice. His bloated ego is being hammered by all these protests. We’ll see him crack soon like he did in all three debates. He may be the president elect but I’m sure his fuse hasn’t gotten any longer.The fact is that narcissists cannot take humiliation and if these protests continue it’ll drive him nuts. I’ve noticed that Melania looks subdued maybe even worried. He won’t be able to bankrupt his way out of this gig.

        • Honestly I’m starting to like the idea that he is the president elect. The world is now his stage and there’s no place for him to hide. Kind of like a bug under a periscope.

        • I think that it is a sign of an inability to think rationally to start spouting generalities like x-ism, y-phobia, and, yes, narcissist.

          This kind of name-calling is not clever or insightful, it is a cheap attempt to shut down the dialog.

          As for President-Elect Trump’s first tweet, instead of hiding behind political correctness and other devious devices, he bluntly stated his opinion that there were professional protesters involved.

          I found this to be refreshing. Maybe we can make some progress now that we are not forced to dance around the absurdities of the PC enforcers.

        • Quit your crying you LOST!!! We had been lead by an incompetent for the last 8 years, now we have a real man and leader, the grown ups are back in charge.

        • LOL! “Narcissist”? No one, and I mean NO ONE is a bigger narcissist than obama! Cute, keaukaha. You promote this unrest like your heroes’ silence on the matter. Can you imagine if the situation were reversed? God help us. The MSM would be exploding as we speak!

  • Protesting IDIOTS! “Divide And Conquer” . . . . . strategy of our enemies. Then, blame Trump for our nation’s failures. NO, the fault will lie with you spoiled, never faced adversity kids.

  • Peaceful protest is acceptable however, criminal property damage (rioting) should not be tolerated. It seems these protests / riots are taking place in far left liberal communities(?) Would we have been subject to this type violent behavior if they were in control of our country and you simply disagreed? At the end of the day, have your say then adapt and move on.

  • Trump is President elect period. Protest all you want but nothing is going to happen. Most of these people are afraid that their welfare checks are going to be reduced
    or stop coming.

  • I wanted Clinton to be President. I was shocked and saddened by her loss, but more so by Trump’s win. That being said, Trump is the duly elected President of the US, and will be entitled to serve for 4 years. I believe it is our duty as Americans to debate and express, but also to support our government, and especially those chosen directly through the vote process spelled out in the Constitution. The protesters, especially the violent ones, are out of line and wrong, in my view. BUT, I also think commentors like localguy, meat, Allaha, just to name the few I read below, foment and incite the type of protests that are occurring, and the fear that drives it. Chicken and the egg here. Who “hated” first.

    • Yes, who hated first. That’s a question that deserves far more consideration than picking out comments here on this forum. If that indeed had to be our criteria however, I think no one would dispute the fact that two “educated” posters we routinely heard from up until Tuesday contributed their fair share of hateful rhetoric.

      There’s a very interesting best seller entitled “The Social Animal” that looks at the fairly new exploration of why we do what we do. It can actually offer us all a much better perspective on each other’s motives, consequently leading us to a more expansive tolerance of opposing points of view.

  • Would this be happening if HRC won? I don’t think so…hey, everyone should have gotten out of their beds, sofas from behind their TV’s and phones…and VOTED…don’t cry after the fact…if your people weren’t out there in force…bottom line is it’s just to bad…stop crying, the party is over..and the winner take’s all.

    • Main thing is Trump puts our $$$ where his mouth is. That’s infrastructure on Rail at the airport,highways,and such. Don’t understand that he is so opposite the party of NO. Lol, he going be pissed when Ryan says NO CAN. GO RAIL.

  • Let the Final season of America start!
    All kidding aside, What happened to the term lose gracefully? I mean I don’t like Trump either but it does not mean the I should whine and bitch and moan beacause the election didn’t go my way… Disgrace… And also the Media… You guys really do act like the instigator… Let the protest go on and let them act like spoiled Brats. This is what we created the past 25 years… Kids who think they all deserve a trophy just for trying…

    • Theses kids are voters and the republican majority in congress might be doomed in 2018 when they come back with a fury never seen before. The electoral college won’t be able to bail them out like it did the Chump.

  • Exactly what do they hope to accomplish? Trump will resign? Wouldn’t happen. Trump will be impeached? Wouldn’t happen. Obama will refuse to leave the White House, declaring he is royalty and President for Life. This is a possibility, but a good straight jacket will resolve the problem. There will be outright war and the protestors will succeed in shutting the government down. Go ahead, Try.

  • Spoiled adults raising spoiled children multiplies the chickens that come home to roost after discarding the wisdom of our ancestors who said “spare the rod and spoil the child”.

  • On a brighter note I would like to thank all the veterans that have served past and present on this Veteran’s Day. I am truly grateful that you served to protect all Americans home and abroad. Mahalo!

  • Mr Trump has the moral integrity of wet sheetrock. People are angry that this sick excuse for a human being will be occupying the White House. While he might become the president, he will never, ever be my president.

  • It was interesting, if not comical, to re-read the comments from a Nov.7 article
    titled “Elbowing each other all the way…” – never assume anything.

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