College Campuses React to the 2016 Election with Protests and Anger
All across the country, students on college campuses protested the election results, which declared Donald Trump the next President of the United States.
Young voters (18-29 years old) voted 55 percent to 37 percent in favor of Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton. But for voters 65 and over, Trump held the majority of the votes.
With numbers like those it is easy to see how many college students could be unhappy with the way the election went. Students around the country, including many on the West Coast (likely due to the time difference), poured into the streets crying, shouting, and marching against the president-elect.
Some students headed to the bars, while others headed to the streets.
Students could be heard screaming “F— Donald Trump,” as mobs marched arm in arm through campuses, trying to make some sort of sense out of what had happened. Here are a few examples of protests from college campuses around the country:
University of California, Santa Barbara:
— Saitama (@heisenchapo) November 9, 2016
University of California, Berkeley:
— Maya Eliahou (@MayaEliahou) November 9, 2016
University of California, Los Angeles:
— Tanner Walters (@tannerbwalters) November 9, 2016
— Wuendy (@whendcalm7) November 9, 2016
Berkeley High School, Berkeley, California:
— B (@BerenabasG) November 9, 2016
University of Pittsburgh:
UPitt riots part 2 pic.twitter.com/55s46LWf0K
— reilly (@reidaddy) November 9, 2016
Students at UPitt could be heard chanting, “No KKK no fascist USA! No Trump!” and “Whose streets?” “OUR streets!” Along with “Not my president!”
University of Oregon:
— phillip (@philllup) November 9, 2016
Students in Washington D.C. went to The White House to protest.
— The GW Hatchet (@gwhatchet) November 9, 2016
— The Hoya (@thehoya) November 9, 2016
At different universities, it has been reported that professors have cancelled exams and assignments Wednesday, after students expressed their grief over the outcome of the 2016 election.