Several angry protests erupted across the country on Wednesday in the aftermath of Republican Donald Trump’s historic election victory. But one demonstration at American University in Washington, D.C., spiraled out of control.
Students were reportedly shouting “f*** white America” and burning multiple American flags. There were also “Black Lives Matter” and other racially charged signs.
Lindsay Petelinkar, who voted for Hillary Clinton, told The Washington Post she was “extremely shocked” as she watched her fellow students setting fire the American flag.
Petelinkar said she didn’t want to have anything to do with the protest, even as an observer.
“I was definitely uncomfortable, just — more in shock than anything, that a fellow student at my university would be willing to burn our nation’s flags and be happy about it and say this is a revolution, this is going to change everything,” - she added.
American University spokeswoman Camille Lepre issued a statement defending the protest while not condoning the flag burning:
About 200 students convened this afternoon in a protest to express their reactions to the presidential election outcome. The university supported the free expression of views on all sides of the political spectrum. The expressions were at times heated, but peaceful and safe. The university does not condone the burning of the American flag, even though the act is protected speech.
There were also reportedly protests in New York City, Boston, Austin, Texas, and other cities.
Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump will meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss the transfer of power in January.