Trump protest draws hundreds in Colorado Springs

Hundreds gathered in front of city hall in protest of Donald Trump becoming president.
Hundreds gathered in front of city hall in protest of Donald Trump becoming president.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The day after the news broke that Donald Trump had won the presidency, protesters took to the streets across the nation, including in Colorado Springs.

The protest began at Colorado College (CC) then traveled to Acacia Park and finally City Hall, picking up more community members as it progressed.

John-Henry Williams, a student at Colorado College, organized the event.

“Sometime between one in the morning and 6 in the morning, I created a Facebook group and I sent it out to activists I knew on campus,” he said.

He said he didn’t know exactly what they were going to do but he knew that something needed to be done.

“I didn’t think we could wake up and be fine, just go to class and pretend everything was normal,” Williams said.

Word spread throughout campus and also over to Palmer High School.

“I left Palmer High School around 11, during our lunch period, and we met at CC to make some signs,” said Sofia Wallisch, a junior at the high school.

All the activity caused Palmer to go on a precautionary lock-down around 11:45 a.m., meaning no one was allowed to enter or leave the building. However, several students managed to find their way outside and join in the protest.

“I’ve seen so many of my peers here spreading the same love and positive messages that I was here to support,” said Wallisch.

“We went by Palmer very specifically,” said Williams. “Our goal was to reach the kid sitting in that classroom that’s a homosexual or a minority and feels as of last night that they don’t belong in this nation. Our goal was to make every room in that place hear that you do belong, that America is a country for everyone.”

Tyler Taylor, a Donald Trump supporter, also made an appearance at the rally in front of City Hall which prompted the crowd to give him a big hug as they chanted “love trumps hate.”

“It’s just funny because what they are protesting is love, but I would say most of the Trump supporters I know are very loving people,” said Taylor.

Protesters told FOX21 News that the main message they want to send is that they won’t be silenced and that love and unity is really what America stands for.

“We need to have more hope and love and move forward in that direction, even though a lot of us might have hatred in our hearts right now,” said Annie Brewster, a senior at CC.

Roads in downtown Colorado Springs were shut down for a short period of time and there was a heavy police presence throughout the afternoon.

No citations were issued and no major issues were reported.

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