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Rally Against President-Elect Donald Trump in Wilton Manors



    Rally Against President-Elect Donald Trump in Wilton Manors

    Anti-Trump demonstrators gathered Saturday afternoon in Wilton Manors. (Published Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016)

    Around 150 anti-Trump demonstrators gathered Saturday night in Wilton Manors.

    Protesters of all ages and backgrounds marched down Wilton Drive Saturday evening. Some are in wheelchairs, others joined on a whim.

    "I was just on my way home," said protester Laurie Mauk. "The police were blocking the road. Then I saw the protesters, so I parked and joined them."

    Organizers say their peaceful protest is to rally against the division, hate, and violence that they believe comes with President-elect Donald Trump. Millennials in the group of about 150 people question what's at stake.

    "Defend our future. This man cannot control us," said protester Lauren Costantino. "I'm not standing for female oppression. I'm not standing for racism."

    Wilton Manors has a large LGBT community. Marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, and discrimination are legitimate concerns that must be addressed says Robert Steele.

    "We were the first male married couple in Broward on January 6 the year before last and so this is very important to us," he said.

    Other protesters question the Trump transition. Most recently Trump's selection of retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Demonstrators wonder if the upcoming president is really draining the swamp, a popular Trump phrase throughout the election cycle.

    "No, he's just adding more alligators that's there," said Anita Blickensderfer.

    Sarah Elliot holds up a sign reading my body my choice. She says Trump's stance on women's reproductive rights is alarming.

    "Women's safety with him is kind of in question because of all the misogynist things he's said about women," Elliot said.

    Inauguration day is not until January 20, but this group of anti-Trump protesters are looking for answers sooner rather than later.

    "He hasn't address us. He hasn't said okay I hear you. Let me alleviate some of your fears," Steele said. "That's what he should do as president elect."

    This is latest in a number of anti-Trump protests in South Florida. Earlier this week, University of Miami students held a rally, and dozens of students walked out of Homestead and South-Dade high schools. Protests have also been held in Downtown Miami, Wynwood and Fort Lauderdale.

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