Protests and rallies to denounce the election of Donald Trump continued for a fifth straight day Sunday across the country, reports USA Today. Demonstrators supporting immigrant rights marched Sunday in Manhattan. Other gatherings took place in Chicago, Hollywood, Philadelphia, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale, among other cities. Tens of thousands have demonstrated since Tuesday, when Trump beat rival Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College count, but lost the popular vote, to become the president-elect. Protesters have denounced what they say was hateful rhetoric from Trump during his campaign against immigrants, Muslims and women.
On Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., attempted to quell protesters’ angst and fears, saying, “People should really put their minds at ease. We’re pluralistic, we’re inclusive. That’s the country we are and that’s the country we’ll continue to have.” (Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted that the demonstrations were “very unfair.”) The protests have been mostly peaceful, though 71 were arrested Saturday night in Portland, Ore., where a protest turned into a riot, and seven were arrested and two police officers injured in Indianapolis. “You can’t change the results of a presidential election by protesting. That’s irrational,” said Stephen King, 18, a student at the University of Texas-Austin who marched in Austin rallies last week. “But I couldn’t sit down idly and just accept that this happened. I need to speak up for those who don’t have that privilege.”