The street theater continued last night in cities around the country and became violent in a few places. This morning the Associated Press has a roundup of some of the highlights:
The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of marchers chanted, “We reject the president-elect!” while some lit firecrackers, sparked small blazes and used rocks and baseball bats to break the glass of businesses and vehicles parked at dealerships.
Officers began pushing back against the crowd that threw glass bottles and a trash can, making 26 arrests and using flash-bang devices and pepper spray to force people to disperse. The protest’s organizer on Friday decried the vandalism and said the group planned to help clean up.
Here’s some raw video of some of the chanting in Portland (some NSFW language):
In this local news clip you get a better sense of the vandalism that led to this protest being deemed a riot. Toward the end of this clip a police Sergeant says most of the damage was caused by a smaller group of anarchists who joined in with the larger crowd.
Meanwhile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin there were protests last night and at one point a Trump supporter showed up with his family and began literally waving a flag. Apparently that was too much for some of the protesters. The Trump supporter was pepper sprayed amidst a scuffle:
In Dallas only a couple of protesters were arrested. In this clip, one woman tells CBSDFW that they want the popular vote to determine the outcome of the election:
There were also protests in several other cities. From the AP:
In Denver, protesters made their way onto Interstate 25, stopping traffic for about a half-hour. They also briefly shut down highways in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
In downtown San Francisco, high school students called out “not my president” as they marched, holding signs urging a Trump eviction. They waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags, as bystanders in the heavily Democratic city gave them high-fives.
In Oakland as many as 7,000 people marched through the streets. There were 11 arrests for a variety of crimes and police caught one person carrying Molotov cocktails. From the East Bay Times:
The 11 arrests, plus another seven citations issued were for a variety of suspected crimes, including assault on officers, vandalism, failure to disperse and public intoxication.
One of the people arrested had a cache of Molotov cocktails, Officer Johnna Watson said early Friday…
Police said at least seven businesses, including an Audi dealership on Broadway, were targeted by protesters and had glass broken and graffiti sprayed on their buildings. A car at the Audi dealership was also vandalized.
It’s not clear how long it is going to take for this anger over the results of the election to settle down or what it is that protesters/rioters hope to accomplish. Like it or not, Trump will soon be their president. There is, as progressives love to say, no going back. Trump responded to the protests last night on Twitter:
But he offered a more upbeat response this morning: