Anti-Trump protests erupt across America

He earlier called the protesters "unfair". He then swiveled like a bar stool and tweeted: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!"

It goes without saying that the reference to "small group" was Trump's way of getting the boot in when he hoped no one was looking.

The group, however, was far from small. Over 4,000 anti-Trump protesters descended on downtown Portland, Oregon, smashing shop windows, lighting firecrackers and starting a dumpster blaze.

Police swiftly labeled the gathering a "riot" and used "less lethal munitions" to disperse the agitated crowd.

For the third straight night, protesters hit the streets around the country, and although their numbers steadily dwindled, their anger was clear.

Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted: "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

The Associated Press reported that in Denver, protesters managed to shut down Interstate 25 near downtown Denver briefly Thursday night.

Protesters also briefly shut down interstate highways in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

In San Francisco, school students marched through downtown, chanting "not my president" and holding signs urging a Donald Trump eviction.

In New York City, a large group of demonstrators gathered outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. They chanted angry slogans and waved banners baring anti-Trump messages.

In Philadelphia, protesters near City Hall held signs bearing slogans like "Not Our President," ''Trans Against Trump" and "Make America Safe For All."

About 500 people turned out at a protest in Louisville, Kentucky and in Baltimore, hundreds of people marched to the stadium where the Ravens were playing a football game.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside Trump Tower in Chicago and a growing group was getting into some shoving matches with police in Oakland, California.

Mostly peaceful protests also surged again in Los Angeles.

Asked about the protesters, Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended his ability to unite the country, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that protesters should listen to his victory speech.

"I would just commend the protestors to listen to Donald Trump from his victory speech, where he said, 'I will be a president for all Americans, including those who did not support me and who don't support me'."

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