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'He is not my President': Thousands are protesting in streets across the U.S.

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Thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of several major cities Wednesday to voice their opposition to Donald Trump, who less than 24 hours earlier stunned the world in a upset victory to become the 45th person elected president of the United States.

Chanting "Not my president" and "F--- Trump," the scene outside Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago felt like a grand uprising — one where minority groups who have felt targeted by Donald Trump over the past eighteen months hoped to send a direct message to the president-elect.

"I'm here today because I'm speechless at what happened," Rebecca Gomez, 22, told NBC News. "I'm Mexican, but I was born in the United States. I'm afraid people won't care about that, though. I'm afraid they will be violent."

In New York, thousands of protesters could be heard chanting and banging drums as they marched past Rockefeller Center up Sixth Avenue, barely even acknowledging the rain.

"It's horrible that we have to do this," said Trevor Wheeler, 18, a North Dakota native who now lives in New York City. "I identify as a queer person. I will most likely lose my right to get married... I will not be able to present myself the way I want to."

Some chanted "Racist, sexist, anti-gay! Donald Trump must go away!" and "F--- your wall!"

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