Roughly 300 protesters gathered in Santa Ana Sunday evening to continue demonstrating against policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump.
The group had originally met at the Old Orange County Courthouse early in the evening before marching through the streets chanting, "Love trumps hate" and "Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here." There was a small but visible police presence, and no arrests or incidents of vandalism were reported.
This year's election was the first time a majority of Orange County voters cast their ballot for a Democratic presidential candidate since Franklin D. Roosevelt ran in 1936.
Protest leaders urged attendees to stage a peaceful demonstration. "Please be respectful of the local businesses; please be respectful of the police, who are letting us do this," one shouted through a megaphone.
The event drew a diverse crowd of all ages. Crystal Lopez brought her three children, the youngest strapped to her chest.
The fact that the election's results are final makes it even more important to stand up against prejudice and injustice, she said.
“Look, Trump’s been elected. There’s no way that’s going to change at this point," Lopez said. "But my hope is that these next four years, the people are able to unite and are able to fight against some of the policies he proposed during his campaign.”
Attendee Kweli Shabazz said Trump's win does not make him less answerable for the vitriolic and offensive campaign he ran.
"He made a ruckus," Shabazz said. "No matter what he says, your first impression is your most important impression. So the way he left the people is with hate and anger, that’s why the rage is against him."
Earlier in the day, about 100 demonstrators congregated outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. That event similarly remained peaceful.