WASHINGTON (WJZ/AP) — Thousands of demonstrators across the U.S. have turned out to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents’ Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day.
The numbers weren’t close to the million-plus who thronged the streets following Trump’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message on Monday was similar.
Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan.
In Chicago, several hundred rallied across the river from the Trump Tower, shouting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”
More than 100 demonstrated in Washington, D.C. Dozens gathered around the fountain in Dupont Circle chanting “Dump Trump” and “Love, not hate: That’s what makes America great.”
Dozens marched through midtown Atlanta for a rally named with a Georgia flavor: “ImPEACH NOW! (Not My) President’s Day March.”
The events in Baltimore are continuing through the evening along North Charles Street in Station North, with a different tone than elsewhere in the rest of the country, with less protesting, more talking.
“I felt like it really needed to happen in Baltimore,” says Laura Pazuchowski, co-organizer of “Not My Presiden” events in Baltimore.
In Baltimore, the gathering was more subdued, artists and others sharing camaraderie and their resistance to the president’s policies.
“Right now, in these early stages, it’s just important to galvanize our energy and support what we value,” says co-organizer Michele Minnick.
While Maryland is a blue state, Trump has lots of supporters in the Dundalk area, and that was on full display when he visited the Boulevard Diner back in September on the campaign trail.
Dozens cheered trump then, and still support him today.
Trump supporter Dennis Logue says he likes that the president is “businesslike. That he’s going to run the country like a business, and hopefully, he’ll bring the jobs back to America like he said he was going to.”
While Baltimore’s “Not My President” events aren’t the nation’s loudest, people still want to make their voices heard, even if common ground with their opponent seems elusive.
“I would love to find a way for us to, for the various sides of this conflict that’s happening in this country, to find a way to talk to each other and find a way to move forward together. It seems really difficult right now.,” says Minnick.
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