#NotMyPresident Becomes Virtual Primal Scream


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.