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

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


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.


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".

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