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Anti-Trump Protests Fail to Amass in Texas

Only a few hundred University of Texas students marched on the Texas Capitol Wednesday to protest the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president.

Nearly 400 students and others came out with umbrellas and signs and marched along Congress Avenue in Austin. They carried effigies and piñatas while they chanted “Donald Trump is not my President,” Time Warner Cable News reported.

The group occasionally blocked traffic but remained peaceful, Austin Mobility told the news outlet.

Twitter user Amber Genuske tweeted, “I’m at a Trump Protest organized by UT Students in Austin, TX”

In Dallas, about 300 people rallied near Victory Park decrying a “failed attempt at democracy,” according to the Dallas Morning News. A Facebook post by the Next Generation Action Network group stated, “The dangers of remaining silent are written in history as we have all at least heard of the ‘Great’ America that he wishes to bring back if not experienced it first hand. It is our duty to practice civil disobedience and resist the direction this country is headed in with this unqualified backwards thinking President Elect that is exposing the need for swift action and opposition.”

One Twitter user in Houston, Gage Alvarez (@Gage_Alvarez) urged fellow Houstonians to resist the urge to protest. “Please don’t let there be a protest about trump in Houston. Just get over it people. There’s no changing it now.,” he tweeted.

Apparently he  was heard as only a handful of protesters came out in Houston.

Twitter user Rubi (@pink_tamal) tweeted out a few photos showing the small crowd.

Protests in Texas were nothing like those experienced in other parts of the country.

MoveOn.org, the leftist organization that conducted a petition drive to “Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all – #NoDAPL,” and to “Tell GOP leaders to disavow Trump and his [alleged] attacks on veterans, and that also conducts petition drives on behalf of leftist causes like Black Lives Matter, also called for a ban on assault weapons. After the election, they called for the organization of protests on the evening of November 9 in cities and towns across the nation.

Protests were conducted all around the country, including in Berkeley, California where high school students engaged in a walk-out to protest the election of Republican Donald Trump, as reported by Breitbart News. Protests were also held in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Boston, and other major cities. As reported, thousands blocked traffic in Chicago, and burned the American flag outside of Trump Tower in NYC, and “thousands” were reported to have blocked traffic while they chanted “Black Lives Matter.” Lady Gaga protested on a sanitation truck outside of the Trump Tower.

Breitbart News reported today that MoveOn.org released a press release on Wednesday afternoon, the day after Election Day. Their message:

Hundreds of Americans, dozens of organizations [will] gather peacefully outside the White House and in cities and towns nationwide to take a continued stand against misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia.

Tonight, thousands of Americans will come together at hundreds of peaceful gatherings in cities and towns across the nation, including outside the White House, following the results of Tuesday’s presidential election.

The gatherings – organized by MoveOn.org and allies – will affirm a continued rejection of Donald Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny and demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible.

Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had created more than 200 gatherings nationwide, with the number continuing to grow on Wednesday afternoon. …

“This is a disaster. We fought our hearts out to avert this reality. But now it’s here,” MoveOn.org staff wrote to members on Wednesday. “The new president-elect and many of his most prominent supporters have targeted, demeaned, and threatened millions of us—and millions of our friends, family, and loved ones. Both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands. We are entering an era of profound and unprecedented challenge, a time of danger for our communities and our country. In this moment, we have to take care of ourselves, our families, and our friends—especially those of us who are on the front lines facing hate, including Latinos, women, immigrants, refugees, Black people, Muslims, LGBT Americans, and so many others. And we need to make it clear that we will continue to stand together.”

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as a prosecutor and associate judge in Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.

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