After Donald Trump’s shocking upset victory in the U.S. presidential election, thousands are protesting and seeking a way to impeach the new president-elect.
Several online petitions have received thousands of signatures, according to the Daily Mail. Google searches for “how to impeach a president” also saw a 4,850 percent rise.
One online petition to contest Trump’s presidency garnered more than 13,000 signatures in a few hours. University of Utah professor of Law Christopher Peterson said that there may be a case to charge Trump with fraud and racketeering, both of which are felonies.
Trump’s Trump University, which has since been shut down, was unaccredited, said Peterson, and taught students “get-rich-quick schemes.” Trump is set to go on trial for fraud over the university in November.
“In the United States, it is illegal for businesses to use false statements to convince consumers to purchase their services,” Peterson argued in a 23-page letter advocating for impeachment “The evidence indicates that Trump University used a systemic pattern of fraudulent representations to trick thousands of families into investing in a program that can be argued was a sham.”
“Fraud and racketeering,” Peterson added, “are serious crimes that legally rise to the level of impeachable acts.”
Thousands took to the streets on Nov. 9, rallying in major U.S. cities against the president-elect. In New York, crowds marched and demonstrated outside of Trump Tower, many holding signs about immigrant and LGBT rights.
In Los Angeles, protestors blocked highways, and in Chicago, an estimated 1,800 protestors demonstrated outside of the Trump International Hotel, according to Reuters.
“I’m just really terrified about what is happening in this country,” said Chicagoan Adriana Rizzo, 22. Rizzo held a sign that read, “Enjoy your rights while you can.”
Elsewhere in the country, the election results inspired student walk outs. At Berkeley High School, around 1,500 students — half of the student body — walked out from classes, according to the L.A. Times. Students chanted phrases like “Si se puede,” which means “Yes we can” in Spanish, and waved Mexican flags.
“I expected better of my electorate,” said Vishal Singh, 23, of Los Angeles after the election’s results were announced. “I thought this country was different.”
Sources: Daily Mail, L.A. Times, Reuters, Fox Business / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons