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Idahoans gather at Capitol to protest Trump, campaign that was ‘built on hate’

Trump critics protest on steps of Idaho State Capitol

A couple hundred people gathered on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Thursday night to protest the election of Donald Trump - and what they viewed as racist, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric during the campaign. (Video by Katy Moeller)
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A couple hundred people gathered on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Thursday night to protest the election of Donald Trump - and what they viewed as racist, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric during the campaign. (Video by Katy Moeller)

In cities across the country, protesters have taken to the streets to march in against the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

A couple hundred people, many carrying signs like “Dump Trump” and “Not my leader,” chanted and shared personal stories on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“Trump built his campaign on hate, xenophobia, homophobia and racism — and there was a fair bit of sexism mixed in with every part of it,” one protester said told the crowd. “And we have to be loud and clear about the fact that that does not repesent us, that does not represent Boise. That does not represent America.”

“Trump says ‘Go back,’ we say ‘Fight back,’” was one of the chants by the crowd. Some cars honked in support but someone in a truck that passed yelled Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

One protester used a marker to write the words Trump has used to describe women, such as “fat slob,” “the face of a dog” and “you dropping to your knees,” all over her body. Her friend held a sign that read “Men of quality do not fear equality.”

If the anti-Trump protesters noticed a man in the middle of the crowd holding a sign that said “Defend our oligarchy, I’m ready for Hillary,” they didn’t seem to mind.

Trump took 59 percent of the vote in Idaho, easily winning the state’s four electoral votes.

A common slogan used by protesters on the streets nationwide and in social media is “not my president.”

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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