Thousands of demonstrators across US say ‘Not My President’

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.

People gathered in Washington to rally against President Donald Trump at DuPont Circle in Washington, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.  The DC rally is one of several "Not My President's Day" protests planned across the country to mark the President's Day holiday. Protesters are criticizing Trump's immigration policies, among other things.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
People gathered in Washington to rally against President Donald Trump at DuPont Circle in Washington, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The DC rally is one of several “Not My President’s Day” protests planned across the country to mark the President’s Day holiday. Protesters are criticizing Trump’s immigration policies, among other things. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The numbers weren’t close to 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.”

Demonstrators hold a rally Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The rally is one of several Not My Presidents Day protests planned across the country to mark the Presidents Day holiday. Protesters are criticizing President Donald Trump's immigration policies, among other things. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Demonstrators hold a rally Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The rally is one of several Not My Presidents Day protests planned across the country to mark the Presidents Day holiday. Protesters are criticizing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, among other things. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Rebecca Wolfram of Chicago, who’s 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, 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.”

Hundreds of protesters chanting “This is what democracy looks like” marched through Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2kFqWIG) 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.

Protesters stand on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Demonstrators gathered to express their opposition to President Donald Trump and take part in a ''Not My President's Day'' rally. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Protesters stand on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Demonstrators gathered to express their opposition to President Donald Trump and take part in a ”Not My President’s Day” rally. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Protester Reg Brookings warned the crowd that Trump is trying to divide the country by making such groups as immigrants the enemy.

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Walker reported from New York City. Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta, Tammy Webber in Chicago and Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond contributed to this story.

 

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