President-elect Donald Trump came under swift scrutiny after condemning demonstrators in his first tweet since winning the presidency.
“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.
Trump, who aggressively tweeted during the campaign, had been notably muted on Twitter in the final days leading to the election.
Reports suggest that his staff had been managing his Twitter feed to avoid messaging hiccups.
Trump’s tweet came after thousands of protesters took to the streets Wednesday and Thursday to protest his victory, his character and campaign rhetoric, which was described as racist, misogynistic and inflammatory.
Critics argued that Trump’s tweet came when he should be working to unite the nation after one of the most heated campaigns in modern political history.
By Friday morning, Trump’s tweets had changed tone.
“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!” he tweeted early Friday morning.