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Anti-Trump protests put celebrities in the middle of the action

Anti-Trump protests put celebrities in the middle of the action
Protesters burn an effigy of Donald Trump outside Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

As thousands of protesters took to the streets for a second night in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory, many celebrities turned to Twitter to register their support (and disdain).

The protesters, who have gathered in diverse metropolitan areas, from Los Angeles and Oakland to Chicago to New York, seem to accept that Trump’s victory was valid. Instead, the outcry is a reaction to his campaign rhetoric, which stoked racial and gender bias and divided the country.

Mark Ruffalo posted video Wednesday night from a protest outside Trump Towers in New York City, in addition to retweeting videos from other protesters elsewhere across the country.

Questlove, drummer and cofounder of the Roots, also posted footage of protesters marching in Times Square while chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMm_NWDhweM/?taken-by=questlove

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“Saturday Night Live” alum Taran Killam also was live on the scene, sharing moments from Wednesday night’s protests in New York and posting several Instagram videos that captured the scope of the crowd.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMm9_s8h23n/?taken-by=tarzannoz
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On Tuesday night, Lady Gaga was involved in a similar protest outside Trump Tower. The outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter stood outside the building holding a “Love Trumps Hate” card high.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMlc8IJDlrX/?taken-by=ladygaga

Other stars, Democrats and Republicans alike, expressed their support from afar and pleaded for peaceful protests.

https://twitter.com/katyperry/status/796601752237682688
https://twitter.com/StephenBaldwin7/status/796546565552869376
https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/796693218192715777
https://twitter.com/jamieleecurtis/status/796520795950358528
https://twitter.com/wilw/status/796602234368827392
https://twitter.com/H_Combs/status/796529468466569216
https://twitter.com/aasif/status/796532595890786304

Not everyone was a fan of the protests, though.

https://twitter.com/AngelTilaLove/status/796565061917704192
https://twitter.com/ScottBaio/status/796612548292321280

Super couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen perhaps had the most unifying message. Posted on Instagram, Legend and Teigen (and baby Luna) shared their disappointment with the election results but made a call for love and empathy.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMnVOvdgnZs/

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