Protesters take to streets, others urge peace following Trump election

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House Thursday to meet with President Barack Obama about preparing for a smooth transition of power, yet some public reaction is anything but smooth.

This comes as protests erupted overnight across the country. Thousands took to the streets into the early hours Thursday morning to speak out against president-elect Trump. Many in the streets and on social media are using the phrase “not my president”.

Trump’s win ignited protests from coast to coast. Protestors damaged businesses in New Orleans, set off fireworks in Oakland, and blocked traffic along Trump properties in New York. Closer to home, hundreds of protesters shut down I-95 in Richmond.

In the Rose Garden Wednesday, President Obama sought to assure Americans worried about the future.

“Sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and other people think is moving back and that’s okay,” President Obama said.

Obama along with other world leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and even Hillary Clinton are calling for peace and urging people to give Trump a chance.

“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” Hillary Clinton said during her concession speech Wednesday.

Locals are starting to speak out too. Students at ECU have planned a peace walk for Thursday night on campus. It starts at the Mendenhall Student Center at 6 p.m. and ends at the fountain. Representatives from various student organizations are scheduled to speak.

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