ST. LOUIS, MO. - Hundreds marched through downtown St. Louis Sunday, protesting the results of the presidential election.
They began downtown at City Garden, carrying anti-Donald Trump signs as they marched through the streets.
Representing civil rights, women's rights, LGBT rights and more, many protesters said they are fearful of an intolerant future. They pointed to strong rhetoric from the president-elect during the election.
“It’s just not acceptable, in my opinion, to have people actively choose to discriminate and oppress people,” said Kalani Seaver. “
“The [election] decision that our country made is not ok. And to see a lot of people out here saying it’s also not ok – is comforting.”
Seaver. a student at Webster University, expressed frustration at the election results, where Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump won the most electoral votes and the presidency.
“[Trump] wants us to hate each other. He wants us to divide ourselves up and make communities that are strictly separate and compartmentalized by the way people look and by what’s makes us different and that’s not what a community is,” Seaver continued. “It’s coming together and building a community for everyone to feel a part of it, and to feel accepted and welcomed.”
“We need to come together and just do the protests and be peaceful, and also take what we know and actually implement it,” added fellow student and protester Chontol Calvin, who said it is important to stay active in the community and keep engaged with civic leaders.
Saturday, a smaller group of anti-Trump protestors marched through Brentwood.
Nationally, the movement is significant as people continue to march through major cities around the country.
But in Missouri, a state that went nearly all red on election day, Republican leaders are asking for patience.
“This is an important, historic move. The voters of Missouri spoke overwhelmingly in support of Donald Trump for President and Eric Greitens for Governor,” said John Hancock, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “And I would just ask them to gives us a chance.”
“There were plenty of folks that weren’t happy in 2012 when Barack Obama won, and Jay Nixon was reelected [Governor of Missouri]. The President of the United States, the Governor of your home state, they merit respect,” Hancock continued.
“So give it time. Let’s all be optimistic and hopeful for a free and prosperous country going.”
President-Elect Donald Trump has tweeted about similar protests in other parts of the country. He first called them unfair, "professional protestors," incited by the media. But he later tweeted that the protestors had passion for their country, and that “we would all come together and be proud.”
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