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Anti-Trump protesters march in Fort Worth

Anti-Donald Trump rally in Fort Worth

About 70 people attended a march and rally in Fort Worth Friday to protest presidential election of Donald Trump
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About 70 people attended a march and rally in Fort Worth Friday to protest presidential election of Donald Trump

About 70 people gathered Friday night in downtown Fort Worth to protest the election of Donald Trump, joining efforts in other cities on the third straight day of anti-Trump protests.

Harriet Irby, 73, stood in front of the Tarrant County courthouse at 100 E. Weatherford St., holding onto her oxygen machine. She said the presidency should go to Hillary Clinton, who was winning the nationwide popular vote as ballots continued to be counted.

“The Electoral College is an institution shrouded in secrecy that should have been abolished years ago,” Irby said. “It is an elitist institution and a strike against our Union.”

The Fort Worth protest drew a diverse crowd, with a 3-year-old and blacks, whites and Hispanics in attendance.

Mark Hughes, leader of the newly formed Tarrant County chapter of the Next Generation Action Network, said the event was about more than Trump.

Hughes, who was initially thought to be a suspect in the deadly police shootings in Dallas on July 7, said he encouraged the protesters to remain active during the local elections and midterm elections.

One man who identified himself as a Trump supporter and carried a Confederate flag sang “Burn baby burn” as protesters chanted, “When they go low, we go high.”

“It’s not about hate,” said Angela Darden, an organizer of the Fort Worth event. “I have too many white people in my family to hate white people.”

Spurred by fear and outrage, protesters around the country rallied and marched Friday as they have done daily since Trump’s presidential election victory.

The spirited demonstrations on college campuses and along downtown streets were mostly peaceful following previous outbreaks of window-smashing and fire-setting.

Evening marches disrupted traffic in Miami and Atlanta while organizers said people gathered on Boston Common in what was billed as a rally for peace and love.

Earlier, hundreds of people attended another “love rally” in Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Leslie Holmes, 65, a website developer from Wilton, Conn., took an hourlong train ride to the demonstration — her first protest since the 1970s, when she hit the streets of San Francisco to oppose the Vietnam War.

She described herself as an armchair liberal but declared, “I’m not going to be armchair anymore.”

“I don’t want to live in a country where my friends aren’t included, and my friends are fearful, and my children are going to grow up in a world that’s frightening, and my granddaughters can look forward to being excluded from jobs and politics and fulfilling their potential, so I’m here for them,” she said.

More than 200 people, carrying signs gathered on the steps of the Washington state Capitol. The group chanted “not my president” and “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”

In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University students sang civil-rights songs and marched through campus across a Nashville street, temporarily blocking traffic. A protest also occurred in Minneapolis.

In Chicago, multiple groups planned protests through Saturday.

Nadia Gavino, 25, learned about the rallies on Twitter and protested Thursday evening. Gavino, whose father is from Peru and whose mother is of Mexican and Lithuanian heritage, said she took Trump’s harshest statements about immigrants and Latinos personally.

“I obviously agree that he’s racist, he’s sexist, he’s phobic, he’s misogynistic. He’s all these things you don’t want in a leader,” she said.

Ashley Lynne Nagel, 27, said she joined a Thursday night demonstration in Denver.

“I have a leader I fear for the first time in my life,” said Nagel, a Bernie Sanders supporter who voted for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s not that we’re sore losers,” she said. “It’s that we are genuinely upset, angry, terrified that a platform based off of racism, xenophobia and homophobia has become so powerful and now has complete control of our representation.”

Demonstrations were also planned Saturday in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other areas.

Previous demonstrations drew thousands of people in New York, Los Angeles and other large urban centers. The largely peaceful protests were overshadowed by sporadic episodes of vandalism, violence and street-blocking.

On Thursday night, some marchers in Portland, Ore., lit firecrackers, set small fires and used rocks and baseball bats to break the glass of businesses and cars parked at dealerships. Police used pepper spray and flash-bang devices to force people to disperse and made more than two dozen arrests.

A protest organizer decried the vandalism and said the group planned to help clean up.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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