Thousands of Americans protest outside Trump Tower in New York

Thousands of Americans protest outside Trump Tower in New York

NEW YORK (APP): Braving rainy and cold night, thousands of people hit the streets in New York City Wednesday to protest Republican Donald Trump 's electoral victory, weaving through traffic to get to Trump Tower , where police braced for the crowds.

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They chanted "Not my president" and "hey, hey, ho, ho Donald Trump has got to go," and held signs that read "Trump Makes America Hate" and "Don't Lose Hope."

Some of the protesters cursed out key battleground states that Trump had won to secure victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

They then began marching more than 40 blocks uptown to picket outside Trump Tower in midtown.

"I'm concerned for the immigrants in this country, I'm concerned for the black and Muslim people," one protester said.

A separate demonstration at Columbus Circle, meanwhile, was hosted by the anti-racism group Answer Coalition. Placards-carrying people chanted, "Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay." They also marched to Trump Tower , where police were putting up barricades as they braced for demonstrators.

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As they weaved through the streets of midtown to get to Trump Tower , buses and trucks got jammed at the intersection as the crowds kept swelling. Police helped vehicles manuever U-turns. The New York Police Department (NYPD) and Secret Service stepped up security measures.

The chaos also kept visitors from their hotels.

Similar anti-Trump protests were being held in other American cities Wednesday, including Chicago,Philadelphia, Washington and Boston, according to reports.

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There was also at least one instance of election-related vandalism in the city on Wednesday. Someone appeared to have written the words "I will kill you Trump" on a subway train window, though it's not clear when the vandal wrote the message, the reports said.

Despite spending his entire life in New York City, Trump was not a popular choice here on Election Day. He was beaten by Clinton in every borough except Staten Island. He also lost the popular vote statewide by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

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