Durham group joins in protests against Donald Trump

Posted November 13, 2016

— Protests against President-elect Donald Trump continued Sunday, including one called the Durham in Defiance rally.

People gathered at the Farmers Market to join thousands across the country who say Trump is not their president and refuse to accept the outcome of the election.

"I think over the past few days, people have been pushed into a place of despair and hopelessness," said protester Aaron Bryant.

The protesters join others in places like New York, Portland and Dallas have taken to the streets since Wednesday morning to reject the idea of Trump as their next president.

"Donald Trump represents white supremacy, I think, to put it quite bluntly. He has been openly and shockingly racist in ways that are almost comical; like it felt like a joke," said protestor Saba Taj

Durham in Defiance said it does not accept what they believe were hate and fear driven politics. They said stand in solidarity with immigrants, Muslims, women and members of the LGBT community; all groups they believe were targeted during Trump’s campaign for the presidency.

“Legitimately, it was just painful to see that this is where we’re at,” said Taj. “Even though I’m surrounded by a lot of folks who love and affirm me in my identity as a Muslim woman, in my right to be here, the fact that Trump won really indicates something about how power is operating in this country.”

Organizers said the defiance rally is more about policy than ideology. Campaign talk of building walls, a temporary ban on Muslims and repealing Obamacare have them worried about many aspects of life.

"My partner is on Obamacare and suddenly thinking about what's going to happen to health care," said protester Bennett Carpenter.

Trump has responded to similar protests happening in many states. On Twitter, he claimed the protesters were incited by the media and that it was “very unfair.” He later changed his tune, and said he loved the fact that the protesters have a passion for the country.

While the group in Durham rallied, the state's NAACP president Rev. William barber spoke in Charlotte.

"This right now, America, is where we must be honest about the depth of racism and the psychic sickness of our country," he said.


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  • Betsy Riggins Nov 14, 2016
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    Protesting a loss...ridiculous. Perhaps if these folks used their time constructively, they could further whatever cause they support but instead they spread hatred and fear and tear the country apart. Trump won and they need to live with it or leave. They could get circulating a petition to improve gay rights or womens rights if that is their cause but instead they are spending their time trying to spread their anger.

  • Jim Smith Nov 14, 2016
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    KLEENEX is making a boatload of money off liberals this week

  • Will Sonnett Nov 14, 2016
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    Ask them to explain their specific protest and you get buzz phrases and platitudes. They are mad because they lost and probably cannot express a factual reason otherwise.

  • Deborah Turner Nov 14, 2016
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    [quote=16232717]Post by Ethan Mathews[/quote Very well stated !

  • Alex Stephens Nov 14, 2016
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    So where can we donate the needed pacifiers?

  • Robert Malton Nov 14, 2016
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    !diot, crying like babies for no reason. Trump won the election, your protesting nothing just losing wages if you work at all.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Nov 14, 2016
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    (1) protester is as important as the entire population of Durham. The majority can be wrong and it will not be the first time.

  • Steve Smith Nov 14, 2016
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    Democracy working since 1789, learn it, love it, live it. Let's see 500 people protesting of the 252,000 that live in Durham is statistically insignificant. .002 of the population. Must be a slow news day.

  • Daryl Mac Nov 14, 2016
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    I completely support thier right to protest. The best why to invoke social change is with local government first.. a trickle down from the federal government is called communism. .. btw i think the news should vet who they speak to for thier stories. I am not making fun of anyones name... sabba taj ( sabotage ) cannot be the real name of the spokesperson of a protest.

  • Byrd Ferguson Nov 14, 2016
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    I think over the past few days, people have been pushed into a place of despair and hopelessness," said protester Aaron Bryant.

    Yes, the Hilliary supporters definitely. The other 1/2 of the country is excited and ready to get to work. God bless America and the democratic process.