COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Protesters took to the streets of Columbus again on Sunday speaking out against a Donald Trump presidency. Several hundred people marched through Clintonville chanting slogans and promising to keep raising their voices.
Louise Christman says she had never protested before this election. “It’s one of those situations where you realize – I wish I’d done more to change the outcome of things – and I think we have to continue to do that,” Christman said.
The protesters carried signs like “Deport Hate” and “Stay Nasty” and chanted “Love trumps hate.” Some were focused on concerns about Mr. Trump’s support for deportation. Stephanie Travis says she’s scared for Muslim friends and plans to speak out. “Fight for it,” Travis said. “It’s not going to happen if we’re not out there actively doing something. We have to be active. It’s our country.”
Similar protests were held around the country Sunday. Organizers in Manhattan carried signs in English and Spanish saying things like “Hate won’t make us great,” and chanted, “We are here to stay.” More than 1,000 people joined the march that started mid-afternoon and extended into the evening.
Several hundred protesters Sunday marched around Philadelphia’s City Hall and then down Market Street to Independence Mall, carrying signs and chanting “Donald Trump has got to go!” and “This is what democracy looks like.”
In Los Angeles, a few hundred people gathered outside CNN’s Los Angeles headquarters, and in San Francisco, hundreds of people, including many families with children, marched from Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach chanting “Love trumps hate!” On Saturday, an estimated 8,000 marched through downtown.
The protest in Clintonville had a very grassroots feel to it. There was no evidence of the “professional protesters” Mr. Trump often refers to. There were elderly women with walkers, babies in strollers and couples with young children marching down High Street.
Julie Cronk of Clintonville said she just felt the need to express her anger and sadness at the outcome of the election. “It feels good to talk to other people who feel like you do,” Cronk said. “I think the change that we’d like to see is all of us coming together and finding ways to continue our progressive agenda. Our thoughts and not have them just silenced in the next four years.”