President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE took to Twitter to criticize the hundreds of protesters who have flooded streets around the country since his win.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protestors, incited by the media, are protesting,” he tweeted Thursday.
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
Protesters demonstrated across the country in the days following Trump's upset over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE. In New York City, protestors marched toward Trump Tower on Wednesday night chanting "not my president."
At rallies throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly insisted protesters at his events were paid by his rival’s campaign.
Trump also repeated this claim during the third presidential debate, referring to a video by conservative activist James O’Keefe.
“If you look at what came out today, on the clips, where I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence. She’s the one, and Obama, that caused the violence," he said. "They hired people — they paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying be violent, cause fights, do bad things.”
Following Trump's tweet on Thursday night, many resurfaced Trump's tweet following President Obama's reelection in 2012. Trump called on people to "march on Washington" to protest the results.
We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012