Trump victory sparks widespread condemnation

25th Nov 2016
Trump victory sparks widespread condemnation

Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, New York on November 16 in protest against, President Elect Donald Trump (Photo: Volkan Furuncu/AA)

 

Ala Abbas

Not long after the US presidential election results were announced on November 9, thousands of students in Los Angeles and San Francisco staged walkouts to express their dislike for the new President-elect, Donald Trump.

4000 people in Portland marched into the city centre and at least 29 people were arrested after a minority of protesters threw objects at officers and smashed shop windows. Hundreds have taken to the streets in Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Oakland, Chicago and dozens more US cities, as well as Vancouver, Canada. The Republican candidate and former reality TV star became the 45th President of the United States of America in the early hours of November 9, beating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with 290 electoral votes to 228.

In the aftermath of the win, fliers circulated around Texas State University, which read: “Now that our man Trump is elected…Time to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviant university leaders spouting off that diversity garbage.”

The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim groups called on President-elect Donald Trump to reach out to Muslims and other communities “impacted” by his campaign rhetoric.

At a press conference in Washington D.C., CAIR National Executive Director, Nihad Awad, said that to his knowledge neither Trump nor any member of his campaign had reached out to representatives of Muslim organisations since the result was announced.

Awad said CAIR expects Trump to reach out, “especially to the communities that have felt threatened by his rhetoric, not only the Muslim community – Latinos, Mexicans, the African-American communities …”

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) urged vigilance due to an uptick in hate crimes across the country in the immediate aftermath of the elections. Muslims and other minorities have reported violence, abuse and threatening behaviour that has referenced the new president-elect and his campaign slogans.

AHRC Executive Director, Imad Hamad, said: “Those at the top set the tone. Hateful rhetoric has serious consequences as reflected in the hate crime data released by the FBI…We urge President Elect Trump to issue stronger statements condemning hate and hate crimes.”

 

 

In a controversial move, Trump has appointed Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, a man who has received widespread condemnation for the racist views espoused on his website Breitbart News. Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader, Harry Reid, said: “It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion when Trump appoints one of the foremost peddlers of White Supremacist themes and rhetoric as his top aide.”

Prime Minister, Theresa May, gave a warm welcome to the president-Elect saying: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign. Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”

 

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, congratulated Trump but said his victory was not the outcome she had hoped for, adding: “I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity to reach out to those who felt marginalised by his campaign and make clear – in deeds as well as words – that he will be a president for everyone in modern, multicultural America.”

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated the President-elect and offered “close cooperation”, but tacitly criticised Mr Trump in her speech. She told reporters in Berlin his election campaign featured “confrontations that were difficult to bear”.

At the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the US election result, the Scottish National Party’s Tommy Sheppard asked May how she will respond if Trump carries out his more controversial policy pledges, including banning Muslims from entering the US. The Prime Minister said she would continue to build on the special relationship but “it is up to the United States what rules they put in relation to their borders.”

Muslim leaders in Britain have expressed concerns about the election result. Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, congratulated Trump on his victory, adding: “There is however, a justifiable concern about his election. It is hugely worrying that a man who has openly called for discrimination against Muslims and other minorities has become the leader of a superpower nation. We hope the bombast and rhetoric we have seen from Mr Trump in the last few months gives way to a more reconciliatory approach. The President-elect must demonstrate that his election is not a green light for bigotry for the rest of the world.”

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