“Honestly, our goal was to drive Trump out”
May 30, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
This past week, thousands of people took to the streets to say: SHUT THE FUCK UP TRUMP! GET YOUR UGLY ASS OUT OF OUR TOWN!
In several cities, there was an outpouring of anger—and joy—as people boldly confronted the police and Trump supporters with a real sense of having right on their side, sending a message to the world that the people will not tolerate, will not allow, Trump to keep spewing his fascist, racist, anti-woman, anti-Muslim poison.
Many of those, including a lot of youths, who are the very ones Trump has been targeting with his ugly shit, like immigrants and the children of immigrants, were a big part of these anti-Trump rallies. People went into Trump’s rallies, disrupted him, called him out and caused huge, defiant commotions that could not be ignored. That put smiles on the faces of many people around the world.
Things got started in a big way on Tuesday, May 24, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when for more than four to five hours some 3,000 people demonstrated at the Convention Center where Trump was speaking. Then things spread to cities in California where Trump held rallies—in Anaheim on Thursday, then Fresno on Friday, and San Diego on Saturday, where there were more than 1,000 people who protested and at least 35 people were arrested.
In Albuquerque, the crowd included students from the University of New Mexico, lots of immigrants, Latinos, Native Americans, some from the Muslim community, and others, including many white people. Thousands rallied outside while others went inside to confront the ugly rally of 8,000 Trump supporters. They repeatedly interrupted Trump, shouting, “Stop the Hate!” Trump, who at so many other rallies has incited physical attacks on protesters and defended his followers who carry them out, called on the protesters to be removed and they were viciously attacked by security and Trump supporters and physically dragged out. This scene—of Trump setting his attack dogs against people—would be replayed at the rallies later in the week.
We Need to Overthrow, Not Vote For, This System!
The anger of the protest in Albuquerque seemed to build as the day went on. There were signs and chants that said, “Trump is a Fascist!” “Fuck Donald Trump!” “Undocumented and Unafraid” and “No human being is illegal.” According to news reports, people broke through the barricades police had set up to prevent protesters from getting near the Convention Center and the glass door at the entrance to the Convention Center ended up broken. TV cameras captured people taking Trump T-shirts that said, “Make America Great Again” and setting them on fire and some people righteously defended themselves against the attacks by the police.