Anti-Trump protesters march in DC, hold vigil

WASHINGTON – The anti-Trump protests continued on D.C. Saturday, with a march through the city and a vigil at the White House.

Hundreds gathered in front of the White House Saturday for a vigil protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

At Lafayette Park in Northwest people sang and recited poetry. Organizers told NBC Washington that they did not want a protest but a showing of love and solidarity with communities hurt by the results of the election.

Nick Cicchinelli told NBC Washington that though there has been a lot of progress to protect the LGBT community, Trump’s elections “validates a lot of racist and xenophobic attitudes.”

One person said that she was upset with the way Trump ran the election, saying he used a lot of lies in his campaign.

BuzzFeed D.C. bureau chief John R. Stanton followed an estimated 4,000 anti-Trump protesters who marched across the city. Protesters walked along 14th Street toward U Street, winding their way to Gallery Place Chinatown to the White House and finally to Trump International Hotel.

Protesters have gathered at the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue since Trump won the election.

On Thursday, Trump described the people protesting across the country as “professional protesters, incited by the media.” The following day he said that the he loved that the small groups of protesters have passion for the country.

The Associated Press reported that protesters vary from state to state, with crowds comprising high school students, immigrants and anarchists.

Protests against Trump’s win have been going on in big cities, such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon; and in smaller cities, such as Worcester, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa, and Richmond, Virginia.

Watch NBC Washington’s coverage of the White House vigil on Saturday:

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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