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Photographs by Maite H. Mateo

People take the streets of New York to protest the election of Trump as president of the United States.

The outcome of the recent presidential election overthrew the dream of many Americans of having for the first time in history a woman in the White House. In turn, Trump will be US president without political experience. His rhetoric of xenophobia, racism and egocentrism won the vote of those who felt misrepresented by the political establishment and distrusted the Clinton dynasty.

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With the exception of Staten Island, Hillary Clinton prevailed over Donald Trump in all counties of the city of New York. At the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, Trump supporters did not believe the results that appeared on the screens during election night. The initial joy of Hillary's advantage gave way to bewilderment and crying. Meanwhile inside the Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue – a few streets away – Trump and his family continued scoring their votes and a crowd of supporters started to celebrate the victory by waving flags and chanting Trump's name.

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The popular vote does not elect the president in the USA.

Hillary Clinton obtained 200,000 more votes than Donald Trump. However, she only prevailed over him in 20 states and Washington D.C, accumulating 228 corresponding votes to the Electoral College. In the other hand, Trump triumphed in 30 states and added 279 votes of the Electoral College: 9 more than 270 required to win the presidency of the United States. Many consider the system of Electoral Vote unfair and undemocratic. Polls indicate that most citizens are in favor of adopting a direct election system. However, despite being a matter of public debate, it is unlikely that the current system will be reformed in the short term.

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The triumph of Trump, caused financial panic and an immediate instability between the international allies of the United States. Demonstrations to show discontent over his electoral victory did not wait, and thousands of people took the streets in different states shouting, "You're not our president."

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THE TRUMP SUPPORTERS

While some considered Donald Trump’s speeches during his campaign aggressive, xenophobic, racist and egocentric. His supporters found in his words a sense of security and sincerity, the perfect qualities of a good leader.

Where his detractors saw an unprepared man with no background in politics, his supporters saw a successful business man with no connection to the establishment and hence capable of understanding economics globally. For some people, included immigrants, the naturalization system is broken and needs to be fixed, so the idea of restricting the entrance is not a matter of racism but a social issue that is having a negative impact in the US.

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Something surprising was the lack of young people during the pro-Trump marches, at least in New York, the average of age was up to 45, which is something to take into consideration.

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According to their argument, they have been suffering more the consequences of the Clinton dynasty and they are the ones feelings that a change has to happen because they are tired of the establishment and they don’t feel represented by the government. In some cases I saw people very angry screaming racist comments that I thought were buried in the past.

People take the streets of New York to show their disagreement for the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

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The daily pilgrimages to the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue have become a form of therapy for those trying to assimilate the irreversible changes that are about to come.