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Not My President’s Day Rally

Citizens took to the streets in opposition to Donald Trump.

By - Feb 23rd, 2017 05:28 pm
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Not My President's Day March. Photo by Justin Gordon.

Not My President’s Day March. Photo by Justin Gordon.

Protesters found President Donald Trump‘s first President’s Day in office as a reason to march in cities across the country. The “Not My President’s Day” march in Milwaukee started at Ziedler Union Square in Westown before winding around downtown. Signs called out everything from “Russia’s Choice Not Ours” and “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance” with a number of more vulgar anti-Trump barbs in-between.

Our photographer Justin Gordon was on the scene to capture the action.

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15 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Not My President’s Day Rally”

  1. mbradleyc says:

    I didn’t vote for Trump, but this is childish.

  2. John says:

    mbradleyc, I didn’t vote for him either, but if I lived in Milwaukee, I would have been out there in the street, too. It’s not childish. It’s called democracy, exercise of free speech and expression, speaking truth to power, and probably several other things. There are countries where this kind of activity would land you in prison or worse. If you see it as childish, you really don’t understand an important thing about what makes America great (to steal that phrase back).

  3. Vincent Hanna says:

    Are you 90 mbradleyc? Were tea party rallies childish as well?

  4. Casey says:

    Doesn’t democracy mean the will of the people? This country is a democratic republic. For the country to operate the loosing side needs to recognize the winning side and respect that.
    Their energy would be better spent organizing political campaigns and actually getting some decent candidates. The democratic party as of now is a joke.

  5. AG says:

    John, I totally agree with what you are saying about freedom of speech, but a lot of the messages this demonstration expressed were hardly representative of democracy at all. Scapegoating Russia for Trump winning? Vowing resistance outside of the structured democratic system just because you don’t like the policies the winner stands for?

    I am utterly disappointed in the voters of this country that left us with the options of HRC or Trump… but I’m not going to block streets, intimidate people, call others names, etc just because I’m unhappy. I’ll just do my part to once again try to vote for someone with character… and hopefully now that we’ve gone through this past election, more people will join me.

  6. Mike says:

    Second vote for childish (not the protest, but their cry baby messaging). “We didn’t win, and now we are going to throw a fit” Waaaaaah!

    If only the democrats had run a better candidate (I would have voted for them). It was too obvious to conscious people that Hillary was a worse choice than Trump. It is what it is…

  7. Vincent Hanna says:

    Did you call the tea party protesters crybabies Mike? They did a whole lot of crying for eight years didn’t they?

    AG that’s a gross oversimplification of what is happening. There are countless people who are going to town hall meetings and not blocking streets or calling people names. They are trying to hold elected officials accountable.

  8. Mama says:

    I’m with AG. I don’t know that I’d call this childish…but it’s certainly pointless. And don’t tell me it’s about “raising awareness”. The world is aware that plenty of us don’t want Trump in office. But if you’re going to protest, there should be some end game. What law do you want changed? What program do you want put in place? What policy do you want enacted? How do you want your tax dollars allocated? The beauty of a protest is that you form a big enough group united to force change. If your group has no stated purpose, no demand, no *achievable* goal then you are just whiners. Nothing more than a gathering of people who like to feel like their part of something – no matter how pointless it is.

    I despise Trump. But while some are gonna stand around screaming with no clear end game, I’ll be busy at my job getting things done.

  9. RMH says:

    I am constantly amused by self-righteous people who, on the one hand, constantly complain about how apathetic Americans are, yet find reason to criticize nearly any and all political expression outside the periodic trips to the voting booth.

    The relatively small number of very wealthy people who own the two political parties we’re allowed want nothing more than a docile and quiet electorate. Do you think you’d have the 8 hour work day, consumer protections, women’s and minorities’ suffrage without past citizen political action?

  10. RMH says:

    Hell, we wouldn’t even have a republic if not for those original tea party protestors vandalizing some tea shipments. Maybe they should have just stuck to the meager representation they had in Parliament?

  11. Mama says:

    RMH, you’re making my point for me. That “past citizen political action” you refer to all had an end game. “We’re tired of being overworked. We demand an 8 hour work day.” “We’re tired of being ripped off. Enact legislation to protect the consumer.” “Women and minorities are part of the citizenry. Give us the right to vote.”

    What was the demand with the women’s march? The scientist march? The Not my President march? There was none. What is the law they want changed? The program or policy they want enacted? The tax dollar allocation they want? They never stated any.

    Thus, as others have said, they were just standing around whining.

  12. Vincent Hanna says:

    Mama try reading. It’s easy and fun. The women’s march had very specific goals. Participants went on NPR and spoke to other media outlets about those goals. https://www.womensmarch.com/principles/

    The Indivisible movement is highly organized and has very specific goals in mind, which they talk about frequently. There’s a purpose and an end game If you’re not paying attention, or if you disagree with their goals, that’s on you, not them.

  13. Marie says:

    Mama, it sounds like you are involved in working somehow for social change but are not fond of marches.

    One clear message of the Women’s Marches was to stop encroachments on women’s reproductive rights. Younger women especially are now fighting heightened efforts to erode long-standing rights for women, LGBT folks and others. Planned Parenthood, NARAL, ACLU etc. have been effectively fighting for these issues for decades–and were highly visible at the marches, which also drew those engaged in other activism. The tone of the Madison Women’s March was jubilantly defiant. I know many people for whom this was not a one-off. And plenty of men attended also.

    Those in the the Scientists March are certainly fighting in other ways to keep the government from denying climate change and execute policy that could end life on this planet as we know it.

    Those in the Not My President March are likewise working on behalf of various targeted goals. How many people do you know who attended any of these marches? Do you know what other activism in which they are engaged?

  14. RMH says:

    It did not, Mama. Many of those historical protests were initially pursued by utterly disenfranchised people, it was the act of protesting that led to politicians/parties responding to demands, demands that were ignored often for many many decades.

    All of those recent marches are attempts to get at least one of the parties to pay attention to a large number of people who are not okay with what is going on. There were multiple issues being advocated for in all of these events. That many of them are advocating to MAINTAIN policies that are already in place against a concerted move to destroy them doesn’t make these protests less valid.

    Seriously, you people, read some history, quit focusing on how your easily bruised privilege makes you feel uncomfortable when other people raise some hell, and please spare me your self-righteous policing of how your neighbors express themselves politically.

  15. Vincent Hanna says:

    Trump is shutting out media outlets from press briefings and calling the media the enemy of the people. As John McCain recently said, that’s the first thing dictators do. We have a very dangerous president. I am glad people are out there protesting.

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