Anti-Donald Trump protest held at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City
Students at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City joined people across the country to protest the election of Republican Donald Trump as president.
The students say that they are using their constitutional right to make their displeasure of the results known and heard.
"Students here on campus are not only in solidarity with each other and the diverse population on our own campus, but the rest of the nation as well to be against hateful rhetoric and spreading hate," says Michelle Perez with the group Students for Peace and Justice.
Trump's candidacy has been marred by controversy over the past year due to various comments he has made that some find racist and misogynistic. Several woman have also made allegations of sexual abuse against Trump.
Many students say that they were expecting Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the election, making her the first female president in history. Clinton did win the popular vote, but Trump was able to secure more electoral votes.
Students for Peace and Justice organized the rally as not only a protest against Trump, but also to support each other and prove it's not too late to make a difference.
"More students know about electoral process, so maybe more activism in the future," says Perez. "More open dialogue and discuss these issues that defend all of us."
Some Trump supporters on campus agreed with some of the rally's ideas and were OK with the event.
"The diversity of ideas is most important and I come out here with a Trump hat and maybe we can reach a new vantage point and talk to each other and understand something new," says freshman Devin Varela.
But some students disagreed with the rally and told News 12 New Jersey that it was spreading and promoting the type of hatred and divide that the demonstrators claimed to be protesting against.
The rally was not sponsored by St. Peter's, but the administration did support it as a way for students to express themselves and learn.