Protestors In Columbus Reject President-Elect Trump

Nov 11, 2016

Since the results of Tuesday's presidential election, protests have sprung up in cities across the country—and now in Columbus, as well.

On Thursday evening, nearly 1,000 people gathered at the state capital downtown to denounce Donald Trump as America's next president.

Holding signs that read "stand for equality" and "not my president," protestors marched and chanted, "We reject the president elect."

Many attendees said they were still in shock from Tuesday's election results and were fearful of Trump's promises to deport undocumented immigrants and restrict LGBTQ rights.

Protestors march up High Street to declare their rejection of a Trump presidency.
Credit Karen Cornwell

Mark Mayo, 20, said he voted for Clinton but has friends who didn't vote at all—even though they didn't like Trump. Mayo said he thinks Clinton failed to resonate with many people his age.

"A lot of millennials were third party," Mayo said. "That kind of hurt Hillary. Although Hillary wasn't the best candidate, but she was better than Trump."

Exits polls show that in key states, millennial voters failed to turnout for Hillary like they did for Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

The Associated Press reports that this is the second night large protests took place across the country. They report a protest of more than 4,000 people in Portland, Oregon, turned violent. Twenty-six arrests were made.

The Columbus Police, however, report that the local protest remained peaceful.