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Nearly 30 cities hold marches declaring, ‘Not My President’s Day’

The #resistance isn't showing any sign of slowing down.


Jessica Machado


Posted on Feb 20, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 11:19 pm CDT

More than two dozen cities across the country held rallies protesting President Donald Trump and his policies this afternoon, with many events under the name “Not My President’s Day.” 

“A lot of people are angry because he lost the popular vote and is ruling like somebody who won by a landslide,” Olga Lexell, one of 20 organizers for the events in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, told CNN.

At the original event in Los Angeles, thousands rallied outside of city hall, chanting, “Not my president.” 

“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact,” the Los Angeles Facebook event page reads. “He does not represent our interests.”

In New York, more than 10,000 people showed up outside of Central Park, according to organizers.

Turnouts in Washington, D.C. and in front of Trump Tower in Chicago were also in the thousands.

Despite critics warning of protest fatigue, anti-Trump rallies haven’t died down since he was elected president. The Women’s Marches on Jan. 21 are thought to be the largest day of demonstrations in U.S. history, and cities have held variations of protests against Trump’s immigration ban and proposed border wall nearly every day since. With the help of Facebook groups and online newsletters like Resistable and Signal Boost, Trump resistors are staying informed with how to take action in their communities. (Disclosure: Resistable is the project of a former Daily Dot reporter.)

Some of the larger upcoming protests include the “A Day Without a Woman” general strike (March 8), Tax March on Washington and other cities (April 15), the March for Science (April 22), and the National Pride March (June 11). 

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*First Published: Feb 20, 2017, 5:54 pm CST