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‘Impeach Trump’ — Protests Erupt Over Election Win

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Angry mobs in West Coast cities took to the streets early Wednesday morning to protest the outcome of the presidential election, calling for the impeachment of President-Elect Donald Trump.

“Impeach Trump! Impeach Trump,” shouted protesters in Portland, Oregon after it became clear Trump had defeated rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a huge upset that shocked markets and the media.

In Oakland, Calif., protesters smashed windows and set tipped over trash cans on fire in the middle of the street and some of them yelling “No KKK!” — video footage released by the Associated Press shows.

Oakland protesters also burned an effigy of Trump, according to local news reports.

About 1,500 people gathered at the University of California-Los Angeles and set a Trump pinata on fire when it looked like Trump would win early Wednesday morning, reports The Los Angeles Times. Protesters chanted “not my president.”

Trump beat Clinton in what has been considered the biggest electoral upset in decades. Clinton went into the race with a 3 percentage point lead in the polls, but Trump was able to capture electoral votes from the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina.

Trump also won crucial electoral votes from Michigan and Wisconsin. Clinton was winning the popular vote at the time this article was published, according to The New York Times.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together,” Trump said in his victory speech early Wednesday morning. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

But thousands of Democratic voters seem unwilling to accept the election results. Many took to Twitter using the hashtag #notmypresident to vent their anger over Trump’s victory. It was one of the top trending hashtags the morning after the election.

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