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Takoma Park residents join hands, express post-election thoughts

Takoma Park residents join hands, express post-election thoughts (ABC7)

As President-elect Donald Trump begins his transition to the White House, nearly 200 Takoma Park residents joined hands on Friday night.

“The Muslim-American community is anxious and I think that it’s going to be tough to know what’s going to come out of it all,” said Dania Ayoubi, who is a member of the Muslim-American community.

The event comes on the same day that Trump replaced Governor Chris Christie with Vice-President-elect Governor Mike Pence, as the head of his transition team.

“I think there’s a lot of fear because we’re just not sure what’s happening in the next couple of months ... couple of years,” said Jheanelle Wilkins.

“We can resist the hatred that has been exhibited in the last presidential campaign. I think the best way to do that is by exhibiting our care and love for one another,” said Seth Grimes, who organized Friday’s event.

“It’s been a tough few days. Certainly, as Muslim-Americans, we were very invested in the election and there was so much divisive rhetoric, it was really nice to have this event,” said Osamah Saeedi.

While the election results may have divided the nation, organizers called for unity in the days ahead. Ayoubi saw a glimmer of hope, as she looked into the audience.

“It really makes me feel hopeful for the future, to know that there are people out there that care,” said Ayoubi.

“We have to stand together and build the nation that we want,” said Sara Steffens, who brought children to the event.

“Everyone should have equal rights and everyone should be together,” said 10-year-old Rosie Kepka.

“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!” said Trump in a tweet on Friday. “Busy day planned in New York. Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!”

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