Locals react to nationwide protests of Trump presidency

Just 175 miles away from demonstrations in Columbus, people in Girard seem all but pleased

Protesters gather on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., in opposition of President-elect Donald Trump, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. More than 200 people chanted and individually spoke against the outcome of the election. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
Protesters gather on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., in opposition of President-elect Donald Trump, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. More than 200 people chanted and individually spoke against the outcome of the election. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Many in the Mahoning Valley are upset by the acts of protest around the country on a day when the nation’s veterans are being remembered.

Thousands protesting Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election took to the streets for a third night of demonstrations and vigils in several U.S. cities Friday night.

These Americans refuse to accept that Trump will be the next president.

“It’s a terrible day for our country, a terrible time for our country to have somebody with such a hateful message becoming the leader of our country,” said Billy Bromage, a protester from Connecticut.

In Columbus, roughly 2,500 people rallied Thursday evening to protest the election. Police said the demonstration was peaceful and people generally remained on the sidewalks.

Just 175 miles away, people in Girard seem all but pleased with the protests.

“Give him a chance, give him four years. You don’t like him, vote him out. That’s what they’ve always done,” Marie Frazier said.

Locally, reaction to these protests has been mixed.

“It doesn’t prove that we’re a better people, it just proves that we’re not understanding everyone’s politics,” Lanie Phillips said.

Elaine Brenner, of McDonald, says everyone’s differences make the country great and that people need to be more respectful of each other.

“When you’re breaking windows, burning, hurting people, that’s not a protest,” Chuck Phillips said.

More protests are planned for the weekend, including one in Chicago on Saturday that will feature several activist groups.


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