Americans stage vigils across the country after Donald Trump's White House victory

People gather for an anti-Donald Trump candlelight vigil in front of the White House.
Alex Wong

People gather for an anti-Donald Trump candlelight vigil in front of the White House.

Appalled and dismayed by a presidency headed by billionaire Donald Trump, hundreds of Americans staged a vigil outside the White House to protest his election victory.

The crowd of mostly young protesters gathered outside the Presidential White House for a candlelight vigil before marching to the new Trump International Hotel a few blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I'm trying to not be angry and trying to find more positive way to express my reactions. I don't think anger will help," said 57-year-old Kate Lasso.

But for the wife of a Guatemalan immigrant, who has relatives in the country without proper documentation, restraining emotion was difficult.

"They have kids," she said. "They have been living here. What is going to happen to them?"

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Hours earlier, Trump struck magnanimous note of reconciliation as he claimed victory shortly before 3am.

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division," he said. "We have to get together. To all Republicans, Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."

Trump's tone was echoed by Obama and Clinton, who told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branches of government in two and-a-half months.

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"I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too," Clinton said. "This is painful, and it will be for a long time."

Clinton, who was composed throughout her remarks, said the long and bitter campaign against Trump showed that "our nation is more deeply divided that we thought".

But she told her backers: "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."

 - The Washington Post

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