As we reported earlier, nationwide protests against Donald Trump were planned for today and in the days after the election. Two of those major city's protests, Chicago and Trump’s own hometown of New York City, have made waves tonight, closing down the entrance to Trump Tower and main streets.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago protesters managed to block the entrances to both Trump Tower and its lower-level parking garage. Protesters marched on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago chanting: "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists USA" and "Trump has got to go." Chicago previously caused Trump a headache when crowds of protesters forced him to shut down a campaign rally.
One part of tonight's anti-Trump protests marches down Michigan Avenue in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/IGo1VBmcax— Dawn Rhodes (@rhodes_dawn) November 10, 2016
Anti-Trump march heads up the Magnificent Mile. Taking up all six lanes of Michigan Avenue. pic.twitter.com/gKbRDT4OcX— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) November 10, 2016
Chicago protesters met pro-Trump protesters including Birgitt Peterson who was photographed giving a Nazi salute at a Trump rally in March.
Birgitt Peterson - who was photographed giving a Nazi-like salute after a Trump rally earlier this year - still supports her candidate. pic.twitter.com/Ysb2S171Kx— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) November 9, 2016
"Build the wall! Build the wall," a Trump supporter chants at marchers. pic.twitter.com/jhwuxHHOHG— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) November 10, 2016
And this anti-Trump protester caused a stir on social media by delivering an impassioned speech on CNN about the extreme measures he thinks Clinton should take to try and overturn the results of the election:
Over in New York City, protesters reportedly shut down 6th Ave. on their way to Trump Tower. Protesters gathered in Union Square and in Columbus Circle.
Protest march against Trump has grown; shut down 6th Ave in Manhattan. Heading to Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/dBkLdekrhR— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 10, 2016
Video: pic.twitter.com/9pEzWoc0fx— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 10, 2016
The protests against Donald Trump continue. Thousands on thousands of people mobilizing thru NYC pic.twitter.com/gUaI6UFMb2— jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) November 10, 2016
NBC New York reported NYPD threatened to arrest protesters as the crowd made its way to Trump Tower, saying: "You are unlawfully in the roadway and blocking vehicular traffic. You are ordered to leave the roadway and utilize the available sidewalk. If you do so voluntarily, no charge will be placed against you. If you remain in the roadway and refuse to utilize the sidewalk, you will be placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct." A video showed at least one person being arrested, though the video doesn’t indicate why.
And now the arrests begin. pic.twitter.com/y2y4CKPC6M— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) November 10, 2016
Police sent out a tweet about two protesters possibly carrying Molotov cocktails.
NYPD looking for two males with possible backpacks full of Molotov cocktails at the anti-Trump protest in Manhattan.— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) November 10, 2016
As of just before midnight, protesters were still outside Trump Tower and, in a nod to the "Lock her up!" chant adopted by Trump supporters about Hillary Clinton, were chanting, "Lock him up!"
Anti-Trump protests also hit Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Austin, Tx., and Los Angeles.