WASHINGTON — Less than 48 hours after all the polls closed, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to call the widespread protests around the country against his presidential victory “very unfair.”
Trump tweeted, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
This is Trump’s first comment railing against the media since he earned the title of President-elect early Wednesday morning.
This tweet also comes after The New York Times reported his aides took control of his Twitter account during his presidential campaign hoping to tame his controversial Internet presence. It also comes after he’s struck a conciliatory tone in both his victory speech and meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday.
For many Americans, Trump’s victory is one they refuse to accept. Protesters chanted “Not my president” in rallies coast to coast.
Asked about the protesters, Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended his ability to unite the country, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that protesters should listen to his victory speech.
“I would just commend the protestors to listen to Donald Trump from his victory speech, where he said, ‘I will be a president for all Americans, including those who did not support me and who don’t support me,'” she said on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
She continued: “I also would tell them please look at what happened today. Less than 36 hours after being elected president of the United States, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, our next first lady, went down to Washington and met with President and First Lady Obama. And I think people should really echo what happened today in Washington. It was a great meeting.”
“I’m telling you, Mr. Trump was just very happy with the meeting today,” Conway said about the meeting.
Conway also wouldn’t say when asked whether she was offered a position in Trump’s administration.
“That’s between President-elect Trump and me at the moment. And to be frank with you, I’m not that focused on me,” she said. “We have transition of government to form.”