PORTLAND, OR -- Protests in opposition to the election of Donald Trump were held across the country, Wednesday night. In Portland, Francisco Lopez, with a group supporting day laborers said they will demonstrate against the policies the President-elect wants to implement. "We are telling Trump again, ‘Mr. Trump, we are going to be in the streets; we are going to protest; and we will tell you that this kind of racism and discrimination will not be tolerated.’" Portland Police estimate about 2,000 people took to the streets, many blocking I-5 multiple times before continuing the rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Members of Oregon's LGBTQ community are concerned about the election results, because of things Trump said during his campaign. Diane Goodwin, with Basic Rights Oregon, is worried he will rollback gains they've made. "This election was really a punch in the gut, really scary for a lot of communities in this country; and we’re better than this. And, Oregon, is a great example of what is possible, I think." Goodwin says Oregon should look at the positives from this election, including the election of Kate Brown, the nation's first openly bi-sexual Governor.
While demonstrations and concerns from some groups continue, head of the Oregon Republican Party Bill Currier expects the President-elect will heal rifts caused by the election. "In terms of policy, I think he’ll jump right in after he sort of reaches out to all those groups that didn’t support him, and say, ‘how can we take your input?’ He wanted to hear what other folks had to say and incorporate their input; and I think that’s a good sign." Currier says he expects Trump to tone down the rhetoric now that the campaign is over.