Students seek dialogue during Trump protest

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Friday brought another night of anti-Trump protesting in Columbus, this time the campus of The Ohio State University.

Hundreds of students and community members gathered at the Oval, unhappy about Donald Trump being the next president of the United States.

Participants were asked on Facebook to bring signs, political banners and “your anger.”

Protesters chanted, “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” and carried signs that said “Dump Trump” and “Not My President,” among other things.

“I’m really upset because I don’t think a lot of people are listening to each other on both sides,” said Denison University student Alex DiLorenzo.

She came to OSU today to protest, but also to listen.

“I think it’s really hard right now because there are so many emotions and there’s so much at stake,” said DiLorenzo.

She said in order to have her views respected, she needs to respect views differing from her own.

“It’s just kind of like having that conversation, having that dialog, learning from each other just so like to create more understanding,” said DiLorenzo.

That’s why she talked with Trump supporter, OSU student Andy Devita.

“I’m having reasonable discussions with people,” he said. “Nobody’s like pushing me or anything like that. I would never do anything like that to people, but as long as we can sit at a table and discuss these things and realize… what’s the facts, what’s the solutions and that’s what I want to address out here.”

Devita said he’s here to encourage other college-age Trump supporters to not be afraid of sharing their conservative views.

“This country needs to stop looking at people as race, as orientation,” he said. “We need to come together as a nation and realize that we’re all Americans.”

Then protesters began to march, stopping on 12th Avenue and High Street, occupying and sitting in the road.

“Trump won based on the electoral college and the problem is we don’t accept and his values and his ethics,” said OSU student Ingrid Raphael. “And if you have all of that hate speech and slurs you’re going to enact them in your policies and those are things that we do not accept as a people.”

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