Despite conciliatory remarks from defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton urging cooperation and “an open mind” with now president-elect Donald Trump after he emerged as the victor after a grueling, sometime vicious campaign that lasted almost a year and a half, many of her shocked and disappointed supporters paid no heed.

Instead, they took to the streets around the nation blocking streets and access to bridges and buildings, and in some cases setting fires chanting obscenities.

Some of the protests centered around university campuses, with 150 students gathering on the University of Texas in Austin carrying anti-Trump signs, effigies and piñatas of the newly-elected president and shouting, “Donald Trump is not my president.”

The crowd grew as it wound through the campus and through the city, blocking a major thoroughfare.

Another protest march was organized at the University of Pittsburgh, although some students were calling for unity following the election, while students protested on the UCLA campus in California.

It wasn’t merely students who were reacting to what, for many, may be the first taste of political reality as they experienced the disillusionment of a loss following a hotly contested election.

Protestors gathered at Trump Tower, the billionaire real estate mogul’s landmark building in Manhattan, prompting the closure of the lobby to the public where the family lives and where the campaign was headquartered.

The entrance to the Trump Tower hotel in Chicago was blocked, and thousands of protesters brought traffic on the main arterial, Lake Shore Drive, to a halt, but so far, incidents of violence were limited to Oakland and Seattle.

The protesters seem to have paid little to no attention to President Obama’s remarks from the White House today that struck an honest, yet reassuring tone and, like Clinton’s, emphasized the long tradition of an orderly and peaceful transition between presidencies.

Maybe they can read President Obama’s comments for some guidance on how Americans have handled election results since 1797.

"Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.

So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect.

Because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.

 

 

 

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