The day after President-elect Donald Trump was sworn in as U.S. President Donald Trump, marches around the country and the world in protest of the 45th United States President jammed city streets from Paris to London to Park City, Utah, St. Louis, Boston, New York and Washington D.C where the idea of a woman’s march began and more than 500,000 showed up. Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington never anticipated the massive amount of human flesh, women, men and children that flooded subway trains and public transportation, the Washington Mall and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in protest of President Trump’s racialized and misogynistic core message.
The Women’s March on Washington was originally anticipated to include 200,000, not more than twice that many. It was peaceful and a sight to behold, the cold wintry streets filled with protesters demanding that their rights be affirmed and remain in place during a Trump administration.
In Los Angeles, 750,000 protesters marched. In Chicago, there were too many protesters for a parade or so they were told. But 250,000 people marched anyway. Protests took place in Seattle, Denver, Miami, and in overseas locales such as Sydney, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin, New Zealand, Nairobi, Ghana, Malawi, Rome, Munich and Tokyo. In Canada the temps were 6 degrees below zero but they marched anyway.
Juneau, Alaska had a huge turnout at the state Capitol. They lined bridges in the City of Brotherly Love. Kentucky had streets closed and the Big Easy played music during their marching parade. There were protests in Antarctica.
The Sister March had 670 gatherings around the world with an estimating turnout of 4.6 million. The outpouring of dissent in such large numbers isn’t a surprise. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any new president since the ’70’s.
The NBA’s biggest Trump protester is San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich has no love for Trump. No like either. He detests the man. After the election, Popovich couldn’t withhold his venom.
He called the country a bunch of hypocrites for voting for Trump, particularly saying family values matter and then voting for misogynist, race baiting Trump.
“The fact that people start talking about the transition team and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things. And now we see that he’s already backing off immigration and Obamacare and other things, so it was a big fake, which makes you feel it’s even more disgusting and cynical that somebody would use that to get the base that fired up. To get elected…He’s in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.”
Two months later Pop’s ire hasn’t lessened. He hasn’t gotten over the election or that Trump is the leader. He is still disgusted.
“I wish that he was more- had the ability to be mature enough to do something that really is inclusive rather than just talking and saying “I’m going to include everybody”. He could talk to the groups that he disrespected and maligned during the primary and really make somebody believe it but so far we’ve gotten to a point where you can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.”
The always insecure Trump made it a point to correct what he perceived was a deliberate error by the media when they reported his inauguration crowd was much smaller than former President Barack Obama’s crowd in 2009. As a matter of public record, Obama had 3,000 bus permits issued for his inauguration event while Donald Trump had 300 permits issued, as of last Wednesday. But Trump, constantly obsessed about perception, sent his communications director Sean Spicer to bully the media from his pulpit on the first full day on the job, as if he could shame them, obviously not understanding the media could be his friend or his enemy.
Popovich went to the It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt card.
“I’d just feel better if somebody was in that position that showed the maturity, psychological and emotional level of somebody that was his age. It’s hard to be respectful of someone when we all have kids and we’re watching him be misogynistic and xenophobic and racist and make fun of handicapped people.”
Trump has been in office two days. It’s going to be bumpy ride.