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Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day.
The events on the federal holiday didn’t draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following Trump’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar.
Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan. Many in the crowd chanted, “No ban, no wall. The Trump regime has got to fall.” They held aloft signs saying “Uphold the Constitution Now” and “Impeach the Liar.”
In Chicago, several hundred rallied across the river from the Trump Tower, shouting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”
Rebecca Wolfram of Chicago, who is in her 60s, said concerns about climate change and immigrant rights under Trump prompted her to start attending rallies.
“I’m trying to demonstrate as much as possible until I figure out what else to do,” said Wolfram, who held a sign that said, “Old white ladies are really displeased.”
Several hundred demonstrated in Washington. 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.”
Hundreds of protesters, chanting, “This is what democracy looks like,” marched through Salt Lake City.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the crowd marched to push back against Trump and his administration’s stance on such issues as the environment, immigration, free speech and Russia.
Some people raised signs that said, “Not My President,” while others held up a large American flag.
Protester Reg Brookings warned the crowd that Trump is trying to divide the country by making such groups as immigrants the enemy.
A small but unruly group of protesters faced off with police in downtown Portland, Ore.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the police confronted the crowd in front of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building and took some people into custody.
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