Americans take to streets over Donald Trump presidency

Trump protesters (Reuters)
Trump protesters (Reuters)

The states of America seem anything but united tonight.

After waking up to the reality Donald Trump really will be their president, thousands have taken to the streets in protest.

Demonstrations are underway in at least a dozen cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.

"Hey hey ho ho Donald Trump has got to go" protesters sing, while flags burn.

While Mr Trump won the White House, more people voted for Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.

For many people, it's all just too much.

It was a different tone earlier in the day. President Obama says he will open his home to The Donald tomorrow to talk about the hand-over.

"The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months we're going to show that to the world," Mr Obama said.

Outside the New York Hilton, Trump lovers came together, and so did the Trump haters.

"I think it is great America has spoken," said a Trump supporter.

"Hitler! Trump is Hitler!" shouted a protester.

Lady Gaga, who had campaigned for Ms Clinton, showed up to protest in front of Trump HQ.

Internationally newspapers failed to hide their shock and horror. Most of the planet is less-than-comfortable with this president-elect.

But in Russia, Muscovites hope Mr Trump's promises mean an end to US sanctions.

President Vladimir Putin says Mr Trump's win can help repair relations with the US.

"It's not our fault they're in such bad shape," Mr Putin says.

Russia might be ready but many in America are not. Before the election, there were fears of riots if Mr Trump lost.

Now he's won. It seems those fears may still be all too real, driven by Americans infuriated by the very democracy they hold dear.