‘Not My President’s Day!’ Protests Against Trump Draw Thousands (Tweets)
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people marched in protest of Donald Trump and his administration and renamed the third Monday of February “Not My President’s Day”. In more than two dozen cities nationwide, activists held rallies to protest President Donald Trump and his policies.
Protests drew huge crowds of supporters
“A lot of people are angry because he lost the popular vote and is ruling like somebody who won by a landslide,” Olga Lexell, one of several organizers for the events in Las Angeles, New York and Chicago, told CNN.
In Los Angeles during the original event, thousands of people stood outside city hall, chanting “Not My President!”
“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact,” notes the Los Angeles Facebook event page. “He does not represent our interests.”
And at a rally outside New York’s Central Park, more than 10,000 people attended, organizers say. Thousands of people also showed up in Washington, D.C. and at Trump Tower in Chicago.
People at New York’s Columbus Circle kept things simple — holding up signs with the word “No!” written in several languages, CNN reports. And the protesters were accompanied by merchants selling T-shirts that read “Not My President” above smaller test that read “Elected but not chosen.”
Then the chants began: “In the name of humanity, fascist America — No! No! No! No!”
Monday’s rallies are the culmination of a ferocious backlash from progressive grassroots groups opposing the Trump administration. And their opposition has echoed across a broad range of issues including women’s reproductive rights, immigration and climate change.
For Janell Kastner, attending the New York rally gave her the chance to protest Trump’s “gross incompetence,” she said, adding that she hopes the protest “further unifies those of us who do not adhere to Donald Trump’s apparent lack of moral standing.”
And at a protest in Atlanta, Georgia, students like Alyssa McNerny made their feelings known, and she said she wanted to protest the Republican Party’s hypocrisy.
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) February 20, 2017
And scores of other marchers took to Twitter as well.
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) February 20, 2017
— Valerie Mc Govern (@ValJ72) February 20, 2017
— #NoFascistUSA (@RefuseFascism) February 20, 2017
— Michael Chwe (@michael_chwe) February 20, 2017
— Hillary In Pictures (@HillaryPix) February 20, 2017
— Cameron Sadeghi (@cameronsadeghi) February 20, 2017
Lexell noted that the main focus of the rallies is to “keep up the momentum” between January’s “Women’s March” and the upcoming “Tax Day March” on April 15.
In terms of history, protests against a new president aren’t unusual, said David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine. He’s also the author of The Politics of Protest.
“What is unusual is the vigor, speed, size and number of issues that they are challenging Trump on,” he said. “To have a sustained (protest) every weekend, every couple of days, and it’s a different issue — I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
And while Monday’s marches and other similar protests don’t have a clear and concise policy proposal, Meyer said they are still sending a unifying message to the Trump White House: “No.”
“To fixate on a single coherent agenda is something that social movements aren’t really good at,” Meyer said. “It doesn’t really matter that much, as long as there’s some kind of message that comes out … campaigns focused so far on ‘No’ have done that.”
Lexell thinks “No” is getting across and noted that some Republicans are pushing back against Trump.
“I feel like we are getting that done,” she said. “I feel like this whole movement in general has been successful.”
And there’s more marches ahead, The Daily Dot notes. There’s the “Day Without A Woman” general strike, scheduled for March 8, the “Tax March On Washington” (and other cities), scheduled for April 15, the “March for Science,” (April 22) and the “National Pride March” (June 22).
Conservatives may think it’s patriotic to reward Trump’s every whim, but these marches demonstrate what real patriotism is all about.
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