BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) -College students opposed to President-elect Donald Trump erupted in cries and chants outside the State House Wednesday afternoon, possibly previewing a major demonstration planned on Facebook for later Wednesday night.
“Love trumps hate,” the crowd of around 100 students chanted repeatedly.
A man sat on the steps beating a djembe drum while others held a backwards American flag and shouted slogans.
“Silence is violence,” one person shouted. “Got to end.”
A couple of protesters used explicit language, such as “F— the bigotry.” They also held a large banner that read “F— Trump.” Another handwritten sign said, “The power of people will always beat people of power.”
More than 4,000 people said on Facebook they’re planning to attend an anti-Trump rally outside the State House Wednesday night organized by Boston Socialist Students, Boston Socialist Alternative and Boston Movement for the 99%.
“We need to immediately start fighting against him,” the group wrote on the rally’s Facebook invitation. “We need to build a movement to fight racism, sexism, and Islamophobia!”
Throughout the campaign, Trump maintained a steady and growing following as he battled Democrats, members of his own Republican Party and the media. He frequently attacked his political opponents.
But in his acceptance speech Wednesday, he struck a conciliatory tone.
Trump said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans – and this is so important to me.”
As of 2 p.m., more than 29,000 people had been invited to the rally on Facebook, with 4,100 responding that they plan to attend.
“Raise your hand if you’re a student,” one person shouted at the afternoon protest. Most people in the crowd raised their hands.
Liam Grimaldi, a freshman studying theater at Suffolk University said he helped organize the afternoon event on Facebook.
“Personally, I don’t want my kids growing up in a country where they will be oppressed…This can’t be happening,” Grimaldi said.
“Think of the people who cannot speak for themselves at this moment,” said a woman in the crowd. “Please.”
A man wearing a ballcap walked past the crowd, down the sidewalk, and called over his shoulder, “Go Trump.”
One protester carried a sign that said, “He will NEVER be my president.”
Earlier Wednesday, as she conceded the election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power. And we don’t just respect that, we cherish it.”