New Yorkers gathered at the Trump International Hotel on Monday for a Not My President Day’s rally protesting the “un-American” policies of the current White House.
The rally, which took place between 12pm and 4pm at Columbus Circle, was attended by thousands of protests who showed up to oppose the Trump Presidency.
“I came because I believe it’s a movement worth supporting,” said Faria Farah, a student from Stuyvesant High School, who attended the rally. “I’m hoping to achieve equal rights for everyone…Donald Trump is taking away the rights of those who can’t defend themselves,” she added.
Protesters carried signs condemning Trump’s actions and policies, including tax cuts, attacks on immigrant and Muslim communities, budget cuts for social programs, the wall between Mexico and America, the approval of pipelines, the erosion of women’s and LGBTQ rights, and climate change.
“Donald Trump is literally our President, but figuratively, he has attacked every value New Yorkers embody and does not represent our interests. He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there’s no resistance. But there is — and on February 20th, we will honor previous presidents by exercising our constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest everything Donald Trump stands for,” organizers said before the event.
The rally was mostly peaceful, although several Donald Trump supporters arrived over the course of the afternoon to counter-protest.
Attendees said the event will help to send a strong message to President Trump that there is resistance against his policies.
“Right now you can’t be complacent if you’re upset with how the government works, so I’m getting out and exercising my civil duty and showing that I don’t agree with what’s going on in our government,” said New York City resident Natasha Rappazzo. “It’d be great if Donald Trump got impeached but part of the damage is already done, so we need social movements like this to show that this racism, Islamophobia homophobia and sexism is unacceptable.”
Georgette Miller traveled five hours from upstate New York to attend the rally on behalf of her son, who is disabled, and took solace in the size of the crowd.
“I have an autistic child and I don’t like what Donald Trump stands for. He mocks the disabled, he’s a liar and a sociopath, and it’s very comforting to be here. We have to be loud and show that we think what’s going on is wrong,” Miller said.