As the results of a massive election upset came in on Tuesday evening and Democrats saw the presidency slip through their fingers, shock and resistance to the reality of Trump in the White House began erupting on social media and in the streets, where peaceful protests against Trump happened in more than 25 US cities Wednesday.
The resistance to Trump on social media is different in kind, degree and scale to anything previously seen in the aftermath of a presidential election, however contentious those campaigns might have been.
Part of this can be explained by increasingly vast channels on the internet to express opinion.
But much of it seems the inevitable reaction to an ugly, divisive and contentious campaign where many—roughly half the country—see Trump’s win as not the triumph of a man, but of months of divisive stances on immigration, racial and religious profiling and women.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 10, 2016
— Joseph Mueller (@josephm0003) November 10, 2016
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) November 9, 2016
These protests can’t b dismissed as anger over a candidate losing. We’re protesting a loss of all that makes America great #notmypresident
— Candice with an L (@artist4ever) November 10, 2016
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@mileysbae) November 10, 2016
The chaos in USA is the result of Trump’s irresponsible campaigning. He is not a role model, look at this mess he created. #LoveTrumpsHate
— #CountryOfKindness (@ladygaga) November 10, 2016
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 10, 2016
Thanks to all of you who joined us in any #TrumpProtest!
— Our Revolución (@Latinos4Bernie) November 10, 2016
“It’s not that serious” – says the straight white person who remains unaffected. #NotMyPresident
— #ImStillWithHer (@Kordeiiz) November 10, 2016
— ‘Cisco 🇵🇷🇺🇸🇪🇸 (@Ruiz2099) November 10, 2016
— Les Shu (@DT_Les) November 10, 2016
— #NotMyPresident (@manicalvie) November 9, 2016
That is #NotMyPresident and I am ashamed.
— antonio (@antoniodelotero) November 9, 2016
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonnMessage) November 9, 2016