A quiet protest made a bold statement outside the White House on election night with some simple words: “We are better than bigotry.”
The glowing sign seemed to symbolize the feeling of a lot of Americans on a tense election night. The presidential race has seen a contentious set of views put forth by Donald Trump, from his sexually explicit references about women to his calls for banning all Muslims from entering the United States.
The feelings about discrimination, the anxiety about what this election could bring, and the need to affirm that America is more about love than hate – it all came together outside the home of the next U.S. president.
Protestors gathered in the darkness and held up the sign for onlookers.
— Geoff Livingston (@geoffliving) November 9, 2016
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) November 9, 2016
The demonstrators’ feelings were heard loud and clear at the nation’s capitol. Some sang “America the Beautiful” at one point, while the White House was blocked off throughout the event.
White House totally blocked off right now. Better than bigotry signs were being held up when I walked over. pic.twitter.com/kiwajZkGE5
— Kate Irby (@kateirby) November 9, 2016
As the vote results trickled in throughout election night, Trump was shown to be a political force to be reckoned with.
On Twitter, a lot of Americans were worried and disappointed, expressing the same sentiment as the White House protestors.
Stay safe, guys. We're all better than the hate and bigotry they're trying to push into the white house.
— Pauljack Donkman (@PhawlShep) November 9, 2016
We are better than bigotry
— Mimmi Anderson (@Morsan) November 9, 2016
Pls America come through! Don't fold to the bigotry! We are better than that!!
— Lillian (@guard1226) November 9, 2016