Less than 24 hours after he won the presidential election, Donald Trump drew some of the biggest crowds of his campaign — in the form of protests across the country.
In Trump's hometown of New York, for example, a peaceful protest drew upwards of 10,000 people. The activist organization Socialist Alternative first conceived the protest on the morning of November 9. It quickly grew to encompass much of midtown Manhattan by that night.
"The plan for this protest started organically, from a desire to do something against this racist, bigoted man and his agenda," Socialist Agenda organizer Daniel Koops told Revelist. "... I was impressed by the turnout."
Protesters started in Union Square at 6 pm, and made their way up 5th Avenue to Trump Tower.
Cheers of "Black lives matter" and "My body, my rights" echoed off the walls of the Louis Vuitton and Tiffany's stores next door. The twinkling Christmas displays at neighboring Bergdorf Goodman illuminated signs reading "Pussy grabs back" and "Love Trumps hate."
"I just want to show support for everyone who’s feeling fear right now," 32-year-old Anna Hillary told Revelist. "And to bring the country together to show that we don't all stand for these values — to show the world we don’t stand for these values."
Capri, an 18-year-old who'd come from the Bronx, had the same idea.
"I think it will just show people that we're not going to quit," she told Revelist. "We're not going to sit back and let Trump do all he plans to do."
While the protests remained largely peaceful, a sense of incredulous anger pulsed through the crowd.
"I wasn't surprised because I know how racist America is, but at the same time it just was surreal," Whitney Simmons from Memphis, Tennessee said of Trump's election. "What a setback: To go from our first African-American president to someone so open about his hatred of anyone who's different than he is."
"I want there to be protests every single day," said Fiona Wahlen, 19. "I don’t care if it's five people or 500 people. I want someone to be here, so that every day we know that what happened yesterday was wrong."
Few of the protesters believed the demonstrations could actually remove Trump from office or even stifle his power. But that wasn't exactly their reason for being there.
"I feel like in this particular moment it's important to be around this energy, so you're not just feeling dejected and alone," 27-year-old Jacqueline White told Revelist. "I feel like this is more of a mental health thing for me — just getting out and seeing that, 'OK, I'm not the only one who's frightened.'"
By the look of the crowd around her that night — and those at similar protests in Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington — she certainly wasn't the only one.