- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to denounce the thousands of protesters who filled streets decrying his election.

“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” he said in a tweet that had been retweeted more than 12,000 times in just a half-hour.

Some of the protesters Wednesday night and Thursday vandalized businesses and a few called for Mr. Trump’s assassination, according to video footage shown on TV.

In her Wednesday concession speech, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton said her supporters needed to be open-minded and give Mr. Trump a chance to be president. President Obama spoke similarly at a Thursday meeting at the White House.

Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini said the protests were aiding Mr. Trump.

“The behavior in the streets [right now] is making it really easy for Republicans I know who voted for HRC to rally behind Trump,” he said on Twitter.

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