Donald Trump arrived in Philadephia, and the unpopular president was greeted with boos, shouts of “We hate you,” and “Go home.”
White House pool reporter, David Nakamura of The Washington Post described Trump’s arrival at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia:
Motorcade arrived at Loews Hotel in Philadelphia at 12:33 pm. Streets were lined with onlookers. A few protest signs and people holding thumbs down or giving the middle finger salute to the motorcade. Signs included “Marching forward not back.” and “Easier to get a gun than education”
Crowds with protesters deepened near the hotel. Police blocked the crowds so the motorcade could get through. Boos were heard as pool exited vans and shouts of “We hate you” and “Go home” were overheard, presumably directed at the motorcade.
Here is video of the protesters gathered outside of City Hall:
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside City Hall as President Trump arrived in Philadelphia for the GOP retreat Thursday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/VksnS0ad7E
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) January 26, 2017
The protesters that met Trump as he arrived in the city:
President Trump about to speak to GOP legislators at Lowes Hotel as these protesters gather at 13th and Market. pic.twitter.com/Rn6GipA7PY
— John Rawlins (@JRawlins6abc) January 26, 2017
Judging by Trump’s terrible approval ratings and the fact that most voters think that he will be the worst president since Richard Nixon, the majority of America is likely in agreement with the protesters in Philadelphia.
All presidents face protesters, but the Trump protesters are a direct reflection of the sort of hate and division that defines his political style. The Philadelphians who didn’t want Trump in their city echo the majority of voters who didn’t want Trump to be their president.
The not my president movement is alive and well in Philadelphia.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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