Hundreds protest President-elect Trump at Louisville rally

Hundreds protest President-elect Trump at Louisville rally

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of people took to the streets in downtown Louisville to protest President-elect Donald Trump.

The protesters gathered at Jefferson Square at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before marching to Fourth Street Live! and back.

The crowd chanted "love trumps hate," "not my president," "build bridges, not walls" and "my body, my choice – her body, her choice."

"People are angry," Judy Calloway, one of the protesters, said. "They're upset. Something is wrong."

Calloway said she felt like she was in mourning.

"I'm angry so this is one way of trying to vent, the legal way," she said.

Three event organizers, including Mallie Feltner, spoke at the rally. They said the purpose of the protest was not to change the results of the election, but to create unity and solidarity between groups.

"I felt so hopeless and angry when I woke up Wednesday morning, needed to do something," Feltner said.

She said she also wanted to create a place for people to share their emotions in a safe manner and was inspired by other cities around the nation.

"Acceptance does not mean that I or you have to be silent," she shouted to the 500-person crowd through a bullhorn.

Tracy K'Meyer came with her sixth-grade daughter.

"To me it's almost an expression of grieving and people have to be able to do that, to get that emotion out," K'Meyer said.

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She knows nothing can change the result of the race, which Trump won heavily in Kentucky.

"Obviously, we can't reverse it," K'Meyer said. "It's done but I think there are things you can do to fight the effects of it."

For her and others, it was about turning frustration, anger and unity into positive action.

"You have to stay faithful and hopeful and that's what I'm going to do," Calloway said. "I'm not going to stand idly by and be quiet."

Thursday evening the Jefferson County Republican Party put out a statement on the protests that read in part, "It is unfortunate that so many would protest the sacred vote that many cast, particularly in Kentucky."

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