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Anti-Trump protests continue in Durham, Raleigh

Posted January 20
Updated January 21

— The demonstrations against Donald Trump weren't just limited to the Nation's capital, several protests took place across the country, including the Triangle.

There was no mistaking where the peaceful demonstrators stand on the Trump Presidency in downtown Durham Friday night.

"We're not going to back down from hateful rhetoric, we're not going to back down from threats, we're not going to back down from anything that is suppose to instill a sense of fear in us," Desmera Gatewood said. "I don't feel like you need but so many chances to show who you are and what you're about."

"A lot that stands to be undone, people who stand to suffer, and have their rights in question and we shouldn't stand for that," Corey Liles said.

One immigrant was circulating a petition to bolster his case to remain in this country. He said he's fearful of what his future holds.

"I'm trying to do this as they say the legal way and make a life for myself," he said.

And among the voices being raised on this night in Durham, a musician right across the street, demonstrating the art of democracy.

"I'm here on this side of the sidewalk and they're over there in the market, so that's all about what our country stands for," Alice Osborn said.

The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition will join other organizations in another large scale protest in Raleigh next Saturday. It's being called the Triangle-Wide People's Assembly and will happen on Salisbury Street starting at noon.


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  • Buster Brown Jan 22, 2017
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    Melissa Phillips, et al--NOTICE: the election is over--its done. The Electoral College has spoken--TRUMP WON. Save us all from your pain and anguish over the loss--running up and down the streets, writing letters to the news media outlets WILL NOT CHANGE what happened. You and your liberal/leftist/socialist cohorts will just have to get used to the fact that Trump is your President--at least as long as you live in the United States for the next 4 years..

  • Bill Connors Jan 21, 2017
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    The children continue their temper tantrums. Children, if you must break something, be sure it belongs to you. And please keep your hands to yourself.

  • Tom Bundick Jan 21, 2017
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    That 57 counties figure has been floating around websites like Breitbart (go figure) for a while now. The actual figure is closer to 489 or 490 counties for Clinton, 2622 or 2623 for Trump. This is cited by various outlets including Politico, Time, and others. Snopes also debunks the 57 counties assertion. Trump still won a boat load more counties, of course, but it was not all but a few lefty coastal ones.

  • Eric Rothman Jan 21, 2017
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    Melissa, there is a reason the electoral college votes. President Donald Trump won 3,084 of America's 3,141 counties; Hillary Clinton won just 57. Now let's say this isn't 100% accurate. Even if it's off by 10% you can still see he won a majority of counties. The popular vote price down to two states New York and California. You can't have two states decide the whole election. That's why there is an electoral college. So a little research. Our founders were smart beyound there years

  • Melissa Phillips Jan 21, 2017
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    No the electoral college spoke. The people spoke and voted for HRC. You cannot downplay that this election.
    Most people I am friends with that are Supporters of our POTUS acknowledge the fact that he has already deceived them repeatedly and is repulsive. But they wanted change. I can't fault them for that. So they voted for that. I get it. Then we get these cabinet appointments.... and I have conversations with them and they admit they may have made a mistake. but not one will admit it publically. Funny how things work.
    I want him to succeed. If he succeeds, we succeed. Dept of defense pick- outstanding.But to say the fear over healthcare isn't real or over our children's education or women's rights???
    Let me ask you this, do you feel it's right to allow men access to viagara on health insurance but not women access to birth control? Do you feel confident in Betsy DeVos leading our nations children? Did you watch the heari

  • Kenneth Jones Jan 21, 2017
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    Well, you might back down when Federal Law is implemented... SJW's wanting something for nothing as usual...

  • Jeffrey Derry Jan 20, 2017
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    stop whining the people have spoken