Small anti-Trump protest promotes message of love & solidarity
A small protest against the Presidential election of Donald Trump was staged in Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to protesters who say they wanted to show solidarity and "spread love."
About a dozen protesters chanted “Love Trumps Hate” during the demonstration. Most of them were female college students who rallying against a Trump presidency. They're upset with the anger and hatred they say the Trump campaign created across the country, especially against members of minority communities.
“He has done nothing but spread a rhetoric of fear and just talking about everything that is so pessimistic with America,” explained Kayla Cunningham of Buffalo, a SUNY Fredonia student. She’s calling it the "unfortunate election" of Trump.
“As soon as he was elected, I’ve seen on campus, not even just on my campus, but campuses in other places, people are just like crying, heads low. It’s terrible,” described Cunningham.
Kathy Diveris is also from Fredonia. She tells us she is feeling discouraged.
“I’m out here because I’m really unhappy with the way the election turned out. I was never for his campaign. I always thought it was run by fear and hatred. I’m with Hillary and I still am because I want to see all of her hard work for women and other groups, LGBTQ, plus any other group I wanted to be seen through over the next four years,” Diveris explained.
Some motorists beeped their car horns in support of these protesters. Abby Knight tells us just she doesn't agree with the future president.
“I just don’t agree with the way he talks. I don’t agree with the way he belittles people,” replied Knight.
“What’s your single biggest concern?” asked Buckley. “The minorities. He’s not looking out for us,” answered Knight.
Their protest signs stated a variety of messages from "Still with Her" referring to Hillary Clinton, "Not my President" and "Make America Love Again", a play on Trump's "Make America Great" slogan.
These protesters say they hope Trump will work toward treating everyone equally and with fairness.