Myths/Republicans didn't protest when Obama won the election

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Myth: Republicans didn't protest when Obama won the election

Myth

The argument goes that Republicans didn't protest when Barack Obama won the presidential election (which he did twice: 2008 and 2012), therefore protests against Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election are unwarranted or unfair.

Reality

Yes, they did. A lot.

A Google search for the period of 2008-08-01 to 2009-01-19 (roughly the peak campaign period through immediately prior to inauguration) shows over 52,000 results. Among the results on the first page are:

This doesn't include numerous lesser incidents which might be described as "protest" against Obama but not exactly "a protest".

Additional Reading

Acknowledgement

This page is heavily based on research by Google+ user Edward Morbius.