ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Students at the University of Maine joined others across the country Tuesday in protesting the election of Donald Trump.
A group of about 50 students came out for a peaceful protest on the steps of the Fogler Library.
“These campaigns based on hate do not represent our state,” protestors chanted.
Many of the chants at the protest centered on race and immigration, as well as women's and LGBTQ rights.
University president Susan Hunter spoke out following the election, sending an email to students to assure them the university will stand behind their actions after there were reports of threats at other colleges in the U.S.
“On our campus, it hasn't been as bad as other campuses, but still, if you support Trump, then you're adding to this sort of misogynistic kind of scary environment for women, people of color and minorities on our campus,” junior Leah Turlow said.
There was a report of a minor incident of racism on campus earlier in the week, but university leadership has made it clear that such acts will not be tolerated.
Some students had mixed emotions about the demonstration as onlookers said they support Trump, and despite the chants saying otherwise, believe he is our president.
“I think it's still good, though, that they're coming out and supporting their views," freshman Garrett Doody said. "I still have to say, Donald Trump, I support him over Hillary Clinton."