Hundreds at downtown Milwaukee demonstration protest Trump’s election

Join similar protests held at several other cities across the nation

A girl joins demonstrators to protest outside of City Hall following the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in downtown Los Angeles, California November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Hundreds of protesters took part in a more than two-hour long demonstration Thursday night to voice their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

With signs and chants demonstrators made a giant loop through downtown — west on West Wisconsin Avenue before turning north on North 6th Street and then east on West McKinley Avenue — prompting some businesses to lock their doors on the unusually warm November night, according to a report from WISN-TV Channel 12, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee.

At one point words were exchanged and punches were thrown after supporters of Trump showed up to the demonstration at Red Arrow Park.

A girl joins demonstrators to protest outside of City Hall following the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in downtown Los Angeles, California November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Demonstrators in Los Angeles on Thursday protest the election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

The demonstration in Milwaukee was just one of several anti-Trump demonstrations held in cities around the country on Wednesday and Thursday night, following his victory over Hillary Clinton in the election on Tuesday.

Several groups that organized Thursday’s march in Milwaukee say there will be more to come over the next few days.

Thursday night, on Twitter, Trump (@realDonaldTrump) criticized the protesters by tweeting, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”

Then Friday morning, Trump tweeted, “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

Read more about the Milwaukee protest and see video at WISN-TV Channel 12.

Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday to make plans for the transition of power to the new administration.

While some are upset about Trump’s election, leaders of some major Wisconsin business organizations say they are optimistic about the Trump presidency.

Trump and his team are beginning to work to assemble the staff and cabinet for his administration. This morning, he tweeted, “Busy day planned in New York. Will some be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!”

Lower turnout in Milwaukee County was a big reason behind Trump’s victory in Wisconsin, as was his support in western Wisconsin counties that had voted Democrat in the past, according to a report from WisPolitics.com, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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