Trump praises “passion” of protesters hours after blaming media for inciting protests

People protest the presidential election results in New York. Protesters filled 5th Avenue for five blocks, essentially closing down part of midtown Manhattan. (Alba Vigaray / European Pressphoto Agency)
People protest the presidential election results in New York. Protesters filled 5th Avenue for five blocks, essentially closing down part of midtown Manhattan. (Alba Vigaray / European Pressphoto Agency)

The United States President-Elect, Donald Trump, has reversed his disparaging description of the growing number of protesters marching across the country against his election.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Trump, who was reacting to the spreading protests his victory at the poll has led to, described those marching on the streets as “professional protesters” in a tweet.

“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” wrote Mr. Trump, known for insulting his adversaries on Twitter.

Thousands of protesters chanting anti-Trump slogans have flooded American streets since he was announced as the winner of the bitterly contested election.

Mr. Trump consistently blamed the media, which reported on his divisive and scandal-tainted campaign, for ganging up against him.

But nine hours later, in his next tweet, the President-elect did an about-face praising the passion of the protesters for America while making a somewhat conciliatory appeal to them.

“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud,” he tweeted.

It is not clear whether his handlers prevailed upon Mr Trump, who hardly shows remorse or apologises for his gaffes, to make the conciliatory tweet; but it clearly did not assuage the anger of the protesters as the protests continued to spread to other cities in the country.


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  • thusspokez

    The United States President-Elect, Donald Trump, has reversed his disparaging description of the growing number of protesters marching across the country against his election

    The keyword is “reversed”. A change of mind after his advisers had reminded him that he is now the president-elect. I predict that Trump will be the worst US president this century. Why? History shows that businessmen make worst presidents

    • Omo Akin

      You got it right. When I saw his tweet last night, it confirmed the talk that Mr. Trump is ignorant of the Constitution of USA and does not care to learn. It also confirmed that he continued to be divisive. A woman camped right by George Bush’s private property for several days in protest, President Bush acknowledged her right to protest and moved on with his job.
      The reaction to Trump’s victory in Nigeria has been funny. You have those who are angry at Obama trolling and the CAN praising Trump as God’s choice to bring back morality to America; what a funny bunch. CAN is merely echoing the hypocritical position of the Evangelicals here. The well-informed opinion written by Abati had so many ignorant and childish responses that I wondered what the problem is with these folks. You hear about Obama imposing Buhari on Nigeria! How can Turmp who has no regard for the blacks who are fellow Americans have regard for blacks in Nigeria or elsewhere?
      In over 100 years, this is the second time (George Bush in 2000) a candidate who failed to win the most votes cast in the presidential election will emerge as President.
      The beauty of the American system is that Americans are not long-suffering. They do not take excuses from their elected officials. The ball is now in the court of the GOP.

      • thusspokez

        “…reaction to Trump’s victory in Nigeria has been funny. You have those who are angry at Obama trolling and the CAN praising Trump as God’s choice to bring back morality to America;”

        “You hear about Obama imposing Buhari on Nigeria! How can Turmp who has no regard for the blacks who are fellow Americans have regard for blacks in Nigeria or elsewhere?”

        In two or more decades of participating on online discussion forums, I can say that there are stµpid posters on every website but not as abundant as on Nigerian websites. The level of ignorance and stµpidity is truly astonishing. To make matters worst, they don’t seem to even realise the extend of their deficiencies. On the contrary, they think that they are the smartest people on planet earth. I truly despair! What happened to the intelligent Nigerians that I once knew.

        • Patrick

          You are damn right.God save Nigeria.

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          You gar it

    • truthisreallybitter

      Is that your prayers for America to see their President-elect, in a fair and clear election process, accepting an advise, (if that is what happened) to reverse his first reaction to protest against democracy, becoming the worst President. If that is your prayers, it is Satanic and will not work.

    • Mufu Ola

      I love this posting.I told a few friends ‘successful’ bizmen are worst political leaders.Remember Lee Iaocossa, the famous rescuer of Chrysler Motors from bankruptcy? He was flattered into going 4 US Presidency in d 80s.He had to drop out at the second round of Democratic Party primaries when he couldn’t muster any vote! Running business is vastly different from govt.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    I can bet one thing for sure. Trump’s victory is a lose-lose situation for Americans. America will lose and Russia will gain. Those trump supporters will live to regret their actions forever.

    • Apostel

      Bet and you will not loose.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Orubebe syndrome versus PDP losers. Carry go,American wailers. Your mates are here doing what they know best,wail!