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Anti-Trump protests mobilizing in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The election of Donald Trump has unleashed a backlash across the country, sparking sometimes violent protests on the mainland.

So far, there have been only small spontaneous protests near the Waikiki hotel that bears the Trump name. But people unhappy with the election results are mobilizing.

"I've heard from several folks, and many people are literally viscerally upset," said Dr. Martin Johnson of the Hawaii Center for Psychology. "They feel it."

Johnson was part of a panel discussion on Hawaii Public Radio that burned up the phone lines.

"Watching the election night on Tuesday was brutal," said Gary, a caller who described himself as a liberal in a very conservative household. "I mean it was like watching a slow-motion train wreck."

"They are attached to staying upset right now," said HPR host Beth-Ann Kozlovich. "We've heard sentiments like 'he's never going to be my president.'"

"I think these protests are really good signs of how people feel and what can be done," said Katherine Aumer, a psychology professor at Hawaii Pacific University. "Right now all you can really do is protest."

"I think it's a complete and utter disgrace that we have a president that denies the existence of climate change," said Natalie Rita, a University of Hawaii graduate student who said she plans to protest the election results this weekend. She supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, and said she voted for Hillary Clinton more as a reaction against Trump.

Asami Kobayashi of the group Young Progressives Demanding Action has organized a rally against Trump this Sunday that more than 200 people have already said they'll attend. Kobayashi and other organizers stress that Sunday's event is not a protest, but a peaceful gathering to emphasize the issues that may be ignored or reversed under a Trump Administration.

"We want to be taken seriously when we address these issues. We don't want to come off like these angry protesters," she said. "We want to be people who are very concerned, who are very determined to fight what's to come."

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