by WorldTribune Staff, November 11, 2016
Protests that erupted after Donald Trump’s election victory, many of them organized and stocked with paid agitators, were “incited by the media,” the president-elect said on Twitter.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” Trump tweeted. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
He posted the tweet amid the second day of anti-Trump protests in cities across the nation.
Anti-Trump demonstrations turned violent in Portland, Oregon on Nov. 10 as protesters damaged cars at a dealership and rampaged through the Pearl District shattering business windows into Friday morning.
Police declared the demonstration a “riot” more than three hours after its 5 p.m. start, citing “extensive criminal and dangerous behavior.”
Police tweeted that 26 people were arrested in the demonstration. Rioting is a class C felony in Oregon.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, told the Washington Post that anarchists “aligned with the Black Bloc groups” infiltrated the peaceful protest while “covered head-to-toe and carrying weapons.”
On Nov. 11, Trump tweeted that he loves that “small groups of protesters” have such “passion for our great country.”
“We will all come together and be proud!” he wrote.