Hundreds of people gathered at Dutch Kills Green park in Queens on Saturday afternoon for a march protesting the presidency of President-elect Donald Trump.
“I had to express my outrage,” said Noreen Horran, 66, of Rockaway. “Not that Trump won, but that he brought out all the hate that’s been simmering.[in the country] To me, he’s the biggest con man there ever was.”
The march was organized by Queens Respond with Queens Values and New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. It began at the park and proceeded over the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“We don’t hate, we love our neighbors,” Bramer said. “We stand for good old-fashioned values like decency and respect. Trump was raised in Queens, but he’s not from here any longer.”
Organizers expected 1,000 people to participate in the march. Dozens of NYPD officers watched over the crowd, which was calm but shouted “This is what democracy looks like!”
Anna Gaffney, 59, of Astoria, said she marched to show solidarity. “He’s not my president” Gaffney said, adding that she disapproves of Trump’s Cabinet choices thus far. “He’s all about inciting.”
Trump has named Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to lead the CIA and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.
Bramer, an openly gay man, said Queens is a diverse community that believes in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the right to marry the person you love.
“Queens is about love and equality,” Bramer said as the march began. “Queens rejects racism. Queens rejects misogyny. We believe in a woman’s right to choose.”