Trump slams, praises pro­test­ers

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WASH­ING­TON/NEW YORK: US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump de­nounced Amer­i­cans who protested against his elec­tion and hours later praised them yes­ter­day, un­der­scor­ing con­tra­dic­tions that have raised ques­tions about his lead­er­ship style. “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!” Trump tweeted early yes­ter­day.

It was a sharp shift in tone from his tweet hours ear­lier dis­miss­ing the demon­stra­tors in eight cities as “pro­fes­sional pro­test­ers, in­cited by the me­dia”. The con­tra­dic­tory tweets were fur­ther ev­i­dence of Trump’s mixed mes­sages since he an­nounced his can­di­dacy 17 months ago. Af­ter Clin­ton con­ceded de­feat early on Wed­nes­day, he took a far more con­cil­ia­tory tone than he had of­ten dis­played dur­ing his cam­paign and promised to be a pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans.

Anti-Trump demon­stra­tors voiced con­cerns his pres­i­dency, due to start on Jan 20, would in­fringe on Amer­i­cans’ civil and hu­man rights. They cited his cam­paign prom­ises to re­strict im­mi­gra­tion and reg­is­ter Mus­lims, as well as al­le­ga­tions the Re­pub­li­can Trump, a for­mer re­al­ity-TV star, sex­u­ally abused women. In var­i­ous cities, marchers chanted slo­gans in­clud­ing, “No hate! No fear! Im­mi­grants are wel­come here!” and car­ried signs read­ing, “Im­peach Trump”. White su­prem­a­cist groups in­clud­ing the Ku Klux Klan have praised Trump’s elec­tion and some civil rights ad­vo­cacy groups have re­ported a spike of at­tacks on mi­nori­ties fol­low­ing Trump’s Tues­day vic­tory over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton. Trump has re­jected the KKK’s sup­port.

Ten­sions were high on Thurs­day night in Bal­ti­more where Mark Pa­tro, 60, and his part­ner, Yanni Stavropou­los, 39, marched in an anti-Trump demon­stra­tion car­ry­ing the rain­bow flag of the gay rights move­ment. “We’re here to bring to Don­ald Trump’s at­ten­tion that we don’t sup­port his rhetoric,” said Pa­tro, a drafts­man. “We in­tend to re­sist, and I be­lieve that re­sis­tance will con­tinue for many Amer­i­cans through­out his pres­i­dency.”

The crowds on the streets of eight cities in­clud­ing New York, Wash­ing­ton, Los An­ge­les and Port­land, Ore­gon, on Thurs­day were di­verse in their eth­nic makeup and largely made up of young adults and col­lege stu­dents. One mea­sure of young Amer­i­cans’ feel­ing for Trump: A poll by the Umass Lowell Cen­ter for Pub­lic Opin­ion prior to the elec­tion showed that some 66 per­cent of young US adults aged 18 to 35 thought Trump should have dropped out of the race fol­low­ing the Oc­to­ber re­lease of a 2005 video in which he was seen talk­ing about grop­ing women.

“This an­tipa­thy to­wards Trump is very real and very deepseated,” said Joshua Dyck, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal science at the school. “I sus­pect that protests, es­pe­cially on col­lege cam­puses, will be a more or less per­ma­nent fea­ture of his pres­i­dency.” With the coun­try evenly di­vided, many vot­ers were shocked by the re­sult given that opin­ion polls failed to pre­dict Trump’s tri­umph.—

NEW YORK: Po­lice guard the front of Trump Tower yes­ter­day. Around the coun­try from New York to Chicago to Cal­i­for­nia, hun­dreds of demon­stra­tors marched through streets protest­ing Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion.

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