While waiting for Trump’s motorcade to arrive that the US Capitol, the protesters held placards that read “everybody hates you” and chanted “lock him up” and “hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”
The demonstrators expressed their outrage over Trump’s failure to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico to women’s rights to immigration.
Organizers of the protest, including Resist DC, said they weren’t gathering because of one key issue and hoped the event would serve as a forum for those angry with Trump and his policies.
“I’m here for one reason: I want our president to know that I do not approve of him,” said Gayelynn Taxey, an activist who participated in the march. “He needs to know that we aren’t happy.”
While carrying a sign reading, “The State of the Union is deplorable,” Jane Short said she had little hope for the rest of Trump’s presidency.
“I really don’t see him changing. I hope he can open his eyes and ears and see that his actions are hurting Americans,” she said. “His view of the state of the union is very different than what we see.”
Elisa McClelland held a sign reading “the state of our union is in disunion – sad.” She said Trump must grasp their message that change is needed.
“I’m a middle-aged mother of two. If I’m having to protest, you know something is wrong,” McClelland said.
As Trump’s motorcade passed the protesters, who stretched along an entire city block, the crowd broke out into loud boos and started shouting “shame!”