Anti-Trump Protest Held on University of Minnesota Campus



Madison Dibble

Across campus—as well as the nation—angry Democrats and socialists alike joined together to protest the results of the 2016 election.

The Socialist Alternative—a national socialist grassroots organization—organized the protest of more than one thousand individuals who are unhappy with our nation’s new President-Elect Donald Trump.

The protesters gathered in front of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. While there, the rally cries covered everything from Trump to Pence to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chants included men yelling “Not my body not my choice” followed by women responding, “My body, my choice.” Another popular chant was, “This is what democracy looks like.”

The protesters are correct. The United States’ long-standing transition of holding elections and the peaceful transfer of power is not what democracy looks like, as the U.S. is a constitutional republic with indirect elections for president. Democracy looks like an angry mob deciding things.

Following the rally at the Humphrey School, the protesters marched onto the interstate to disrupt transportation in Minneapolis.

“We are hoping to keep this night peaceful and focused on love and community,” said one protester, “but we are taking this movement onto the interstate to hopefully shut things down.”

The protesters met a police barrier at Cedar Ave S. and Interstate 94, prior to whichthey vandalized the Minnesota GOP office on Franklin Ave with the words “F— Trump.”

Protests thus far have been peaceful, with exception to the property damage described above.

These protests were unsurprising given the polarization aroundTrump and the strength of Bernie Sanders’ message among Millennials.Despite these protests, in the state of Minnesota, Trump won the age bracket of 18 to 24-year-olds with 48% of the vote to Clinton’s 43%, extremely surprising given the state’s historical Democratic lean.

This was protest composed of almost exclusively students who seem devastated with the results of this election. They are choosing to express that tonight on Interstate 94. Maybe next time they will choose to participate in the election instead of the resulting protests.