Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the City Hall here on Monday, also the President Day, as part of the nation-wide “Not My President’s Day” rally to voice opposition against U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We are here just to show the rest of the world that what made America great originally is still here and even if he (Trump) wants to change it, he can’t,” Scott Silver, a young protestor, told Xinhua at the rally.
Holding signs with slogans such as “Love Trumps Hate” and “NO!,” protesters chanted under drizzly skies “Not My President” “No Trump, No KKK” “No Ban, No Wall” and “This is what democracy looks like.”
“We are here to mourn the death of the presidency,” Don Overland, another protester said to Xinhua, holding a sign reading “Taking America Backwards.”
The third Monday of February marks U.S. Presidents Day, a federal holiday that honors the country’s famed statesmen like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
By protesting on this day, the participants hoped to send a message that they are not happy with Trump.
“It is President’s Day, and I am not a big fan of our current president,” said a demonstrator calling himself Scott Silver.
“I’m here to support the country, to support my fellow citizenship from traitor, fakeness, and lies, and possible Fascism,” Beettina, a senior female protestor, told Xinhua. “We need to be out here support what we believe, democracy, facts, sciences and on and on and on.”
Despite the widespread dismay, Trump’s supporters also had a saying as for the day.
Robin Allweiss, a 56-year-old attorney from Tampa, Florida, was quoted by media as saying that Trump “relates to us. He gives us a feeling that he could be our father, our brother, he could be our cousin or our best friend, and that’s what makes him so different.”
“He doesn’t care what anybody thinks. What he wants to do is make America great again,” said Allweiss. “Donald Trump cares about us. And no other president in the history of the United States, or even any foreign leader, has cared about his country as much as Donald Trump.”
Anti-Trump protests also erupted in nearby Pasadena region and Disneyland in Anaheim on Monday.
Other U.S. major cities also witnessed “Not My President’s Day” rallies on the same day, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Enditem