Activists are turning Presidents Day into “Protest Day” across the state, using the federal holiday as an opportunity to say “no” to the country’s newest President, Donald Trump.
For months, the anti-Trump protesters have railed against Trump’s presidency, criticizing him for being “out of touch” with the American people and slamming his highly conservative policies.
In Florida, a state Trump calls home, those protesters have brought their opposition all the way to the president’s doorstep, vowing not to let up anytime soon.
Rallies are planned across the Sunshine State for Monday, with events planned in Miami, West Palm Beach, Venice and Gainesville, for starters.
A group responsible for the South Florida wing of the movement, South Florida Activism, will hold two rallies Monday -- one in Miami and one in Palm Beach, where Trump is currently staying.
“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact,” South Florida activism said. “He does not represent our interests.”
The group says they’re “honoring” previous presidents by exercising their constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest “everything Donald Trump stands for.”
“He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there's no resistance,” the group said. “But there is.”
In West Palm, protesters have no intentions of stopping or slowing down on their criticisms of Trump’s presidency. On Monday afternoon, protesters will line up along a major street where Trump travels to and from the Palm Beach International Airport.
The group does not plan to march this time. They have no plans to wave signs. They will not shout. Instead, their tactic will be simple. Their message of solidarity, they hope, will speak loud and clear to President Trump.
When Trump’s motorcade speeds down Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, they will turn their backs, revealing a singular message pinned to the backs of their shirts.
South Florida Activism organizer Star Fae said the “no” means a variety of things to protesters, but whatever their grievances may be, they are united under a similar goal.
“What’s important is that we realize we have a common enemy, and whatever our pet issue, we need to come together on these issues,” Fae told Sunshine State News.
Protests will also be held in cities nationwide, with thousands anticipated to march in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.