• Anti-Trump protesters trailed by Trump supporters through downtown

    By: Deborah Horne


    SEATTLE - It wasn't a large crowd -- only around 100 people were gathered -- but in words and in music, a ragtag group of anti-Trump supporters gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon to deliver their message.

    "What is at stake in confronting this fascist regime of Donald Trump and Mike Pence is nothing less than the future of humanity," RefuseFacism.org organizer Margo Heights told the crowd gathered in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

    Nearby a small group of supporters of the 45th president stood. 

    "Their message that they're trying to get across is to strike (the) hearts in the Trump supporters," Anthony Parrish, a pro-Trump activist said. "People who were born and raised in America and stand for America."

    At times, emotions on both sides boiled over.

    "If you cared about women and children you would stop these people from coming across the border," shouted one Trump supporter to a woman on the anti-Trump side. "Period."

    They then took their anti-Trump message to Seattle's streets. They marched two miles to Victor Steinbrueck Park, through downtown and stopped at several major intersections. They were trailed along the way by Trump supporters.

    One spectator seemed to be squarely on the president's side.

    "Lunacy," he said. "I didn't realize they let the people out of the asylum."

    Heights could not deny it was a pretty small crowd of just about 100 protesters who had gathered, but she insists it represents millions more.

    "I know that we speak for millions of people who are fearful, who are angry, who see the future just being one of punishment and repression of immigrants, LGBTQ people," she said.

    Heights announced plans to hold a training meeting next week and she says they plan to continue their fight against the president.

    Those who support the president are almost certain to be there, too.



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