But it’s Donald Trump who may find himself in political shackles, stuck between his followers’ yearning to put Hillary Clinton in jail and his expressed desire to unite a badly fractured country after an election in which he lost the popular vote.
The tension is not likely to dissipate anytime soon. After having pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton, Trump faces a dilemma: He can either drop the matter and risk angering his supporters, or charge ahead with a criminal inquiry targeting his vanquished political foe, something never before done in U.S. history.
Hundreds of people flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday and marched between City Hall and Staples Center, marking a third night of demonstrations against the election of Donald Trump as president.
The crowd halted traffic but was mostly peaceful, though some vandalized property with graffiti, hurled bottles and launched fireworks. At one point, a large boom resembling that of a firecracker thundered near 2nd and Spring streets.
One person defaced a Los Angeles police cruiser, prompting officers to reach for beanbag shotguns, but a clash with demonstrators was averted.