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A message to every person who is scared and hurting: We're with you.

Donald Trump may have won the US election, but the platform of hate he campaigned on will not endure.

The President-elect appealed to the lowest possible common denominator.

He denigrated women, Muslims, people of colour, the LGBTI+ community, disabled people, migrants, refugees – every conceivable, vulnerable minority group – and he was rewarded.

He used bigotry and intolerance to stoke the fires of fear and mistrust, and has further divided a country that was already deeply divided.

He was endorsed by the white supremacists of the Ku Klux Klan.

So many Americans are scared today with good reason – many of them have been sent a message that they are no longer welcome in the country they call home.

This morning, a group of Muslim engineering students at New York University arrived on campus to find the world “Trump” scrawled on the door of their prayer room.

A message stuck to the windscreen of a car in North California read: “Can’t wait until your ‘marriage’ is overturned by a real president. Gay families = burn in hell!”

A female Latina student in Colorado was humiliated in front of her classmates.

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Black students in Minnesota found their school toilet had been covered in racist, hateful graffiti.

These are just some of disgusting things that happened today. On Day 1.

But you know else happened? Tens of thousands of people marched across American cities in solidarity, blocked off major streets and surrounded Trump-owned buildings carrying messages of love.

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An anti-Trump protester in New York. Source: Getty

Whether or not the anti-Trump protesters eventually accept his presidency, they won't accept the racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and bigotry he represents and incites in his followers.

Nor should they, nor should any of us and we won't.

Today, stand with every child and young person terrified to go to school tomorrow.

With every person of colour, every queer person, every Muslim person, every disabled person and every woman and girl - everyone, everywhere - who has been hurt by yesterday's vote.

Call your friends and family, listen to the marginalised people in your life.

Tell them that you love them, are thinking of them and more importantly that you will fight for them.

Say, "We're with you!" loudly, proudly and again and again, because love will trump hate. It has to.

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