NEW YORK CITY – Americans were taking to the streets on Presidents' Day on Monday by protesting the presidency of Donald Trump. The demonstrations, called “Not My President,” are mostly dedicated to the call for Trump's impeachment.
In New York, thousands of protesters stretching at least eight blocks chanted "He cheats, he lies, open up your eyes" near the Trump International Hotel on the edge of Central Park.
Thousands were standing near Central Park patiently waiting to join in the march, many held signs calling for the impeachment of Trump.
Marina Sarreria, daughter in hand, said she hopes Trump is impeached soon, for the sake of women and girls. “We do not need a sexual predator in office,” she said. “I think people have not been mobilizing like this for years. Appointing a white supremacist into office, he has gone down on that road. There is no way he would last four years.”
Susan McMillan, from a group called Hillary Clinton Brigade, has said she hopes Trump is impeached sooner rather than later. “If he is no longer in office, there would be a chance of reconciliation,” she explained.
Trump’s ties to Russia were mentioned as a likely reason for the possible impeachment, and Putin was a popular choice for the protest sign graphics. A few protesters carried signs with a picture of Putin in Soviet Army uniform holding a baby Trump. In the midst of the protest, news of the death of the Russian ambassador to the UN was shared by the protestors. “This is what is happening now.”
Amanda Ostrovsky said she is not sure if there are enough grounds for impeachment at the moment, but that she hopes that Congress is watchful. “Impeachment is a legal process, and we have a lot of respect for the process. We are here to say that we would like for the people whose job it is to keep looking into it."
Becky Carpenter, 48, said she does not believe Trump is mentally fit to be the President. “And there are conflicts of Interest, and his contacts with Russia. Hopefully congress will do what is right.”
“First, I want to see him investigated, and if they find out he was colluding with Russia, I think it might be grounds for impeachment. Republicans need to do their job and check his power,” Deborah Schaeffer said.
“Donald Trump is literally our President, but figuratively, he has attacked every value New Yorkers embody and does not represent our interests," organizers wrote on the event's Facebook page. "Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact. 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.”
The “Not My President” protest will mark the end of Presidents' Day Weekend in New York City. On Saturday, thousands gathered in Washington Square Park to attend a New Orleans-style mock funeral for the presidency. In a funeral procession around the park, the demonstrators carried a grave stone reading “The American Presidency, April 30, 1789-January 20, 2017”. On Sunday, thousands turned out to listen to rabbis, imams, priests and community leaders at an interfaith rally titled “I’m a Muslim Too” in Times Square.
Sister protests were slated to take place across the U.S., in Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Denver, Austin, Nashville, San Diego, and other cities.
In downtown Chicago, about 1,200 people gathered across the Chicago River from the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Signs spotted in the crowd included "My body My Choice" and "Jesus was a refugee," references to Trump's anti-abortion stance and his efforts to stop admission of refugees.
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