CHICAGO — Protests continued for a fourth straight day in downtown Chicago, as thousands marched through the streets of the Loop to voice their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump.
The protesters didn’t really get near Trump Tower Saturday, as Chicago police stood at barricades set up along Wacker Drive to prevent them from approaching the building.
But the protest march went through much of downtown. They know a demonstration won’t change the results of the election, but they say it will send a message to the president-elect.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered near Millennium Park Saturday morning and then marched through Chicago’s Loop for hours to voice their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump to the nation’s highest office.
“I’m out to protest the racism and hatred, that – I can’t even say the word – Trump represents,” said protester Barbara Welch. Welch says the results won’t change, but minds can, and she’s hoping the large demonstration will have an impact on the president-elect.
Many of those marching expressed concern that Trump’s election will embolden people with racist and homophobic views. Chicagoan Addie Friedlander is a black gay woman, and she called Trump’s election a “double whammy.”
“It’s racism and homophobia being fought against me and for me, I fought for most of my life to exist, and I shouldn’t feel like i have to fight harder now,” Friedlander said
“My daughters are half Filipino, they need protection; there’s already been instances across the country of Asian women being verbally attacked and physically attacked,” said protester Joe Hiestand.
Wendi Grate and her twin 4-year-old daughters held signs that said “Girl Power” and “Love Trumps Hate.”
“We are pretty disappointed in the results of the election and i want them to feel that, as a city and a community we’re united in love and not hate, not discrimination,” Grate said.
Others simply say they want the country to once again feel united.
“I’m personally out here because I’m an American first. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I love my country,” said protester Amando Cornaglia. I will fight for a Trump supporter to be able to have his opinion, as long as i can have mine. At the end of the day, this should be about love, not hate.”
The protests here in Chicago have been largely peaceful and have only caused minimal traffic problems. Organizers say they plan to be out again and again, so that their message doesn’t fade.