Lynnette Miranda stood on the corner of Main Street and Westport Road with two friends as hundreds of protestors in Kansas City took to the streets Wednesday to condemn the election of Donald Trump as president.
As a group marched from Country Club Plaza north toward City Hall with chants of “not my president” and “love trumps hate,” the 29-year-old Miranda stood on the corner in solidarity with the protest. She didn’t march because she needed what she described as a day of “self-care” after news that Trump had won office.
“For me personally, yesterday was a reality check for me,” Miranda said. “It was a reality check for a lot of my peers. I felt in my spirit that the election of Trump contested my existence and the existence of anybody that identifies as other. It really affected me. I cried a lot today.”
The diverse group joined thousands of protesters around the country that voiced their concern of the President-elect.
Jamie Jo Campbell, 32, of Kansas City participated in the march. She said she was aware that the protest wouldn’t change the outcome of the election.
“We just want people to know that we are not happy,” Campbell said. “We can’t change this and we are not happy about it, but at least hear us.”
Police accompanied the group of more than one hundred people as they arrived at City Hall about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The group continued to chant, “not my president” as they reached their destination. The protesters remained peaceful throughout the march.
Kansas City resident Ashleigh Hall, 22, observed the march from a spot on 19th and McGee streets. She said the racial diversity of the protestors gave her hope. Hall identifies as black, white and Puerto Rican.
“To know that other cultures are standing beside us feels good,” Hall said.
Protests across the country
From New England to other Midwest cities like Omaha and along the West Coast, many thousands of demonstrators carried flags and anti-Trump signs, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump’s triumph.
In Chicago, where thousands had recently poured into the streets to celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series victory in over a century, several thousand people marched through the Loop. They gathered outside Trump Tower, chanting “Not my president!”
A similar protest in Manhattan drew about 1,000 people. Outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in midtown, police installed barricades to keep the demonstrators at bay.
Hundreds of protesters gathered near Philadelphia’s City Hall despite chilly, wet weather. Participants — who included both supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the primary — expressed anger at both Republicans and Democrats over the election’s outcome.
In Boston, thousands of anti-Trump protesters streamed through downtown, chanting “Trump’s a racist” and carrying signs that said “Impeach Trump” and “Abolish Electoral College.” Clinton appears to be on pace to win the popular vote, despite losing the electoral count that decides the presidential race.
The protesters gathered on Boston Common before marching toward the Massachusetts Statehouse, with beefed-up security including extra police officers.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, a protest that began with about 100 people was steadily growing as the night went on.
Protests flared at universities in California and Connecticut, while several hundred people marched in San Francisco and others gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles. And they spread south to Richmond, Virginia, and to middle American cities like Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska.
Hundreds of University of Texas students spilled out of classrooms to march through downtown Austin. They marched along streets near the Texas Capitol, then briefly blocked a crowded traffic bridge.
Marchers protesting Trump’s election as president chanted and carried signs in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Media outlets broadcast video Wednesday night showing a peaceful crowd in front of the new downtown hotel. Many chanted “No racist USA, no Trump, no KKK.”
Another group stood outside the White House. They held candles, listened to speeches and sang songs.
In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Earlier, the protest in downtown drew several Trump supporters, who taunted the demonstrators with signs. A lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.
Several thousand chanting, sign-waving people gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California. A night earlier, in the hours after Trump won the election, Oakland demonstrators broke windows and did other damage.
In San Francisco, hundreds are marching along Market Avenue, one of the city’s main avenues, to join a vigil in the Castro District, a predominantly gay neighborhood.
In Los Angeles, protesters on the steps of City Hall burned a giant papier mache Trump head in protest.
Hundreds massed in downtown Seattle streets.
Many held anti-Trump and Black Lives Matter signs and chanted slogans, including “Misogyny has to go,” and “The people united, will never be defeated.”
Five people were shot and injured in an area near the protest, but police said the shootings and the demonstration were unrelated.
Back in New York, several groups of protesters caused massive gridlock as police mobilized to contain them under a light rain.
They held signs that read “Trump Makes America Hate” and chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho Donald Trump has got to go.” and “Impeach Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.