In a continued popular protest to the new United States president-elect demonstrators across the nation planned to take to the streets for a fifth straight day on Sunday as Donald Trump had a social media face off with one of the nation’s largest newspapers.
Protests were scheduled for Sunday afternoon in New York City and Oakland, California, according to online announcements.
Thousands in several cities have demonstrated since the results from Tuesday’s election showed Trump lost the popular tally but gained enough votes in the 538-person Electoral College to win the presidency, surprising the world.
Demonstrators have decried Trump’s campaign promises to restrict immigration and register Muslims, as well as allegations the former reality-TV star sexually abused women.
Dozens have been arrested and a handful of police injured.
Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” people marched in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere on Saturday, saying Trump threatens their civil and human rights.
Trump, a Republican, launched complaints of his own on Sunday on Twitter, attacking the New York Times for coverage that he said was “very poor and highly inaccurate.”
“The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change – doubt it?” Trump wrote.
The newspaper published a letter in Sunday’s editions from publisher Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Dean Baquet, not apologizing, but thanking readers for their loyalty and asking how news outlets underestimated Trump’s support.
The Times plans to “hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly” during the Trump presidency, they wrote.
MORE THAN 20 ARRESTED
Organizers of the weekend protests said they wanted to build on momentum after several nights of unrest triggered by the real-estate mogul’s surprise win.
Police in Portland, Oregon, where a protester was shot but not seriously injured early on Saturday, said they arrested more than 20 people late Saturday after protesters tossed burning flares and bottles at them and refused orders to disperse.
In New York, several thousand protesters marched peacefully up Fifth Avenue before filling the streets at the foot of Trump Tower, the president-elect’s skyscraper home.
“We’re horrified the country has elected an incredibly unqualified, misogynist racist on a platform that was just totally hateful,” said Mary Florin-McBride, 62, a retired banker from New York who held a sign reading “No Fascism in America.”
There were also demonstrations in Chicago and Los Angeles, where several thousand protesters gathered beneath MacArthur Park’s palm trees holding placards including “Dump Trump” and “Minorities Matter,” before marching toward downtown.
Some waved American, Mexican or rainbow flags. Holding a “Keep Love Legal” sign, 25-year-old gay Los Angeles resident Alex Seedman called Trump a fascist and feared he would repeal marriage equality.
Evelyne Werzola, 46, an immigrant from South Africa, said she had seen what a police state could do.
“I’ve seen people oppressed. And this is like a heartbreak of the American dream for me,” Werzola said. “So I’m fighting to keep what America has stood for alive.”
In Portland, police said four people believed to be criminal gang associates had been detained in connection with the shooting of the protester. They also said some protesters had attacked a film crew and at least two people were assaulted.
PROTESTS LARGELY PEACEFUL
The demonstrations have been impromptu affairs, quickly organized, with weekend protests expected to swell in size.
Trump initially said they were “incited” by media but later praised the demonstrators’ “passion for our great country.”
Some 60.3 million people voted for Trump, fewer than the 60.8 million who chose Clinton. But Trump’s strong showing in swing states including Michigan meant he triumphed in the Electoral College which ultimately picks the president.