Several hundred people gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall Monday morning to express their opposition to President Donald Trump and take part in a “Not My President’s Day” rally.
— Cameron Sadeghi (@cameronsadeghi) February 20, 2017
Demonstrators showed up at 9 a.m. under drizzly skies, chanting their opposition to Trump’s plan for a wall at the Mexican border, the expected revised ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations and the recent immigration raids in the Los Angeles area.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 21, 2017
Demonstrators held signs with slogans including “Love Trumps Hate” and “Not My President.”
Hundreds of people also peacefully gathered at Palm Desert Civic Park to take part in a “Not My President’s Day” rally in that city.
The event began at 1 p.m. at 43900 San Pablo Ave.
— Sherry Barkas (@TDSSherryBarkas) February 20, 2017
Several community leaders were scheduled to speak on the stage of the park’s amphitheater, according to social media posts promoting the event.
The events were similar to those held nationwide on the federal holiday honoring the birth of the nation’s first president, George Washington, that has been popularly known as Presidents Day since the 1980s when retailers combined sales formerly held in conjunction with the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln’s birthday has never been a federal holiday.
–City News Service