Seizing on Monday’s federal holiday, thousands of people are expected at “Not My President’s Day” rallies in cities around the country to oppose President Donald Trump.
The protest organizers cite a number of Trump’s policies and actions as reasons for the demonstrations, including the president’s memorandum aimed at advancing two controversial oil pipelines, his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico as well as his executive order to temporarily halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa and to temporarily suspend America’s refugee program
Some 14,000 Facebook users said they plan to attend a rally in New York City near Central Park at 12 p.m. local time. The organizers say they have obtained a permit for the rally and that it will be a “peaceful demonstration.”
“Donald Trump is literally our President, but figuratively, he has attacked every value New Yorkers embody and does not represent our interests,” the organizers say on the event’s Facebook page.
Nearly 4,000 Facebook users said they plan to join a demonstration in Chicago across from Trump Tower at 12 p.m. local time.
“While Donald Trump is technically our President, we protest fiercely on this important day – in honor of the Presidents who have come before him – his ability or intention to represent any of us in any real capacity,” the organizers say on the event’s Facebook page. “Donald Trump does not represent our values, and therefore we refuse to honor him on President’s Day.”
Some 4,200 Facebook users said they plan to attend a rally in downtown Los Angeles at City Hall at 9 a.m. local time.
“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact. He does not represent our interests,” the organizers say on the event’s Facebook page.
There have been dozens of other protests and marches leading up to President’s Day since the real estate mogul took office one month ago. On Saturday in New York City’s Washington Square Park, activists hosted a mock funeral procession and demanded “the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples,” according to Yahoo News.
Trump held his own rally for supporters in Florida on Saturday, drawing roughly 9,000 people to an aircraft hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, according to USA TODAY.
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