Photos Of Presidents Day Protests Show That The Resistance Is Still Going Strong
It's Donald Trump's first Presidents Day as president. Let's file that one under "Things I Never Expected To Say In My Lifetime" — but here we are. In major cities across the United States, and even in London, people have taken to the streets to protest President Trump in #NotMyPresidentsDay protests. Photos of Presidents Day protests show that the Resistance — the collective of dissenters against Trump — shows no signs of slowing down.
President Trump took office 31 days ago. With everything from controversial Cabinet confirmations to a temporary immigration order against refugees from seven majority Muslim nations, to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and rising concerns of alleged contact between Russia and Trump's campaign — it's almost hard to believe it's only been a month. Protestors have been rightly outraged at Trump's numerous and increasingly alarming executive orders that have flown out of the Oval Office nearly on a daily basis, with promises of more to come.
The #NotMyPresident sentiment is nothing new since Trump won the election in November, but it has taken on a special significance for the observance of George Washington's 285th birthday this year. Here's what the Resistance movement looks like all over the country — and the world — on this "Not My Presidents Day."
While New York appeared to have one of the largest protests on Presidents Day, similar protests and marches occurred in cities around the country, in Chicago, Illinois:
And Los Angeles, California:
And Washington, D.C.:
In London, England, protesters gathered outside of Parliament as they debated granting Trump a state visit to the United Kingdom. "Stop Trump" protests occurred throughout Britain. While Presidents Day is strictly an American observance, the timing of the anti-Trump protests, organized by the U.K.-based Stop Trump Coalition, is no coincidence.
Protests since Trump took office have occurred on almost a weekly basis throughout the United States. The first — and one of the largest — being the Women's March on Washington and its over 200 satellite marches around the country and the world. Earlier in February, thousands of people gathered at international airports protesting Trump and his travel ban when it went into effect. On Thursday, hundreds of businesses closed their doors in solidarity for "A Day Without Immigrants," a general strike of immigrant workers across the United States.
As Trump settles into his second month as president of the United States, the White House administration is anything but settled — and neither are "yuge" swaths of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights on the streets to speak out against one of the most unpopular presidents to date.