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Donald Trump’s strange turn on ‘very unfair’ protesters

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Protesters are a fixture outside Trump Tower, with activists pledging massive rallies when the president meets Malcolm Turnbull .
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US President-elect Donald Trump has gone from slamming Americans protesting his unexpected win to praising them, underscoring contradictions that raise questions about his leadership style.

“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!” Mr Trump tweeted.

It was a sharp shift in tone from his tweet hours earlier dismissing the demonstrators in eight cities as “professional protesters, incited by the media”.

The contradictory tweets are further evidence of Mr Trump’s mixed messages since he announced his candidacy 17 months ago.

After Ms Clinton conceded defeat early on Wednesday, he took a far more conciliatory tone than he had often displayed during his campaign and promised to be a president for all Americans.

In various cities, marchers chanted slogans including, “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!” and carried signs reading, “Impeach Trump”.

White supremacist groups including the Ku Klux Klan have praised Mr Trump’s election and some civil rights advocacy groups have reported a spike of attacks on minorities following Mr Trump’s Tuesday victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump has rejected the KKK’s support.

One measure of young Americans’ feeling for Trump: A poll by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion prior to the election showed that some 66 per cent of young US adults aged 18 to 35 thought Mr Trump should have dropped out of the race following the October release of a 2005 video in which he was seen talking about groping women.

With the country evenly divided, many voters were shocked by the result given that opinion polls failed to predict Mr Trump’s triumph.

More anti-Trump demonstrations are planned for the weekend in cities including New York and Los Angeles, and a group calling itself #NotMyPresident scheduled an anti-Trump rally for Washington on Inauguration Day.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday acknowledged the tight race with Ms Clinton, but said anti-Trump protesters had to accept the election results.

Security barricades were in place around some of Trump’s highly visible properties, including the newly opened Trump International Hotel near the White House and in Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue, where he lives.

Mr Trump will get the chance to appease his opponents when he expands on his plans in his first in-depth interview, scheduled to be with 60 Minutes on Sunday evening (US time).

In Portland, hundreds of people marched throughout the city as protests turned violent, with people smashing store windows and lighting off firecrackers.

Police declared the protests a riot and said there were people with baseball bats in the crowd and told people via loudspeaker to move on.

In Denver, protesters managed to shut down Interstate 25 near downtown Denver briefly on Thursday night.

Earlier protests in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs on Wednesday and Thursday went peacefully.

Protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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In Madison, Wisconsin
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In Denver, Colorado
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Demonstrators form a line across a freeway in Los Angeles.

In San Francisco’s downtown, high school students marched through, chanting “Not my president” and holding signs urging a Donald Trump eviction.

They waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags, as bystanders in the heavily Democratic city high-fived the marchers from the sidelines.

“As a white, queer person, we need unity with people of color, we need to stand up,” said Claire Bye, a 15-year-old sophomore at Academy High School.

“I’m fighting for my rights as an LGBTQ person. I’m fighting for the rights of brown people, black people, Muslim people.”

In New York City, a large group of demonstrators again gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on Thursday night, chanting angry slogans and waving banners bearing anti-Trump messages.

Protesters deliver their message in New York.
Protesters deliver their message in New York.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Trump Tower in Chicago and a growing group was getting into some shoving matches with police in Oakland, California.

Another protest was building in Los Angeles, where 28 people were arrested on Wednesday for blocking traffic during a demonstration that also saw vandalism to some buildings and a news truck.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, condemned what he called a “very, very small group of people” that caused problems in that demonstration but said he was proud of the thousands more that peacefully protested.

The demonstrations prompted social media blowback from Mr Trump supporters accusing protesters of sour grapes or worse, though there were no significant counter-protests.

As of Thursday, Democrat Hillary Clinton was leading Mr Trump in votes nationwide 47.7 per cent to 47.5 per cent, but Trump secured victory in the electoral college.