In New York City's Union Square, Iris Reyes, 50, comforted a woman named Debbie, who was beginning to tear up. The woman said she was worried about her husband, who is Muslim, and how he would be treated.
"We are going to be with this guy for four years, and it's very devastating for me," Debbie said. "I've been crying for the last two years, you know, and now …"
Hundreds of students protested at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, chanting "not my president" and other slogans, NBC station WBIR reported.
"The president believes that's a right that should be protected. It is a right that should be exercised without violence," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. "There are people who are disappointed."
But the protests are much deeper than simply not accepting a presidential outcome, said Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University in North Carolina who said it's the manifestation of true fears and concerns many have with a Trump presidency.
Especially for those who felt attacked during his campaign.
"Trump ran his campaign on very hateful and racially divisive rhetoric that is very worrisome for a lot of people," he said.