US election night 2016 – as it happened
Topless Femen vs Trump
Two screaming female protesters have been removed from a polling station in New York where Donald Trump was due to cast his vote. Videos show the women shouting anti-Trump slogans, reported by The Telegraph. The officials forcibly removed them from the premises.
On one of the women’s backs is written “OlO FEMEN USA” – indicating they identify as part of Femen, the protest group which describes itself as an “international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers.” Founded in Ukraine and based in Paris, Femen has become notorious for staging topless protests against sexual exploitation, dictatorship and religion.
Here’s the video…
Protest on the Times Square
There’s also been a rally on the Times Square in New York – against Trump of course. One of the protesters had a poster “Don't let me grab America by Pussy” –the words Trump used in his private talk once. He was convicted of disrespect for women afterwards.
Besides, a Mariachi band played outside Trump Tower, reminding Donald Trump saying some egregiously offensive things about Latinos. On the first day of his campaign, he called Mexican immigrants "rapists," "criminals," and "drug dealers." He said that he will build a wall and force Mexico to pay for it, even after Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said his country would never do so. He called a judge "hostile" and implied that the hostility was a result of their Hispanic heritage.
A mariachi band just started playing outside Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/nEowC9VUdz— Adam Gabbatt (@adamgabbatt) 9 ноября 2016 г.
For the first time in 70 years, both presidential candidates will be in the same city on election night. It's a huge security endeavor for the NYPD. Dozens of streets were closed, public schools were closed for students. Police are assigned to each of the polling precincts around the city's five boroughs. Additional transit cops are patrolling in subway and train stations. NYPD Chief of Department Carlos M. Gomez and James Waters, NYPD chief of counterterrorism, said the city was accustomed to dealing with large events and was prepared to deal with possible terrorism, protests or voter intimidation.
Against all expectations, no extraordinary accidents happened. A precinct in California was evacuated because of the smoke from the toasts roasted. Shooting occurred near Los Angeles – one man died, another two were injured and hospitalized, the attacker was found inanimate. One of the precincts suspended their work for a while. Local police sheriff stated that the incident wasn’t connected to the election process.
Notwithstanding that almost all polls predicted Clinton’s victory, supporters of Trump set themselves up for winning. Republican HQ ordered a cake in the form of the billionaire’s portrait sculpture. The baker said he spent 50 hours to create it.
It is worth noting, that while the vote counting was in progress and the preliminary election results appeared, the fanatic supporter of both candidates were tensely watching the progress. Emotions ran high.