Anti-Trump protesters again gather in downtown Dallas

Protesters at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas Thursday night.
Protesters at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas Thursday night.

Thursday, for a second straight night, about 300 protesters showed up at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.

As it was Wednesday night, Thursday’s demonstration was peaceful with no disturbances or arrests reported. It ended with a march into the heart of downtown Dallas by demonstrators carrying signs bearing such slogans as “Love Trumps Hate” and “Spirit Unbreakable.”

Scattered protests around the country continued to follow Trump’s unexpected election, with hundreds marching in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Grand Rapids, Mich.

In Dallas, a lone Trump supporter stood across Elm Street from the main gathering with a sign that read, “You’re all crybabies. Get over it.”

He was eventually flanked by protesters. Two of them were mad and engaged in a running argument with the Trump supporter, Patrick Connery.

Connery, 23, of Dallas, said he felt threatened.

“I’ve been told I’m a racist,” he said. “I’ve been told I’m a bigot. I’ve been told I’m a sexist and all kind of things.”

He suggested that instead of protesting they should do something about “black people who murder their own kind.”

One of the Trump protesters who declined to identify himself replied, “You’re talking about black-on-black crime. Why don’t you do something about white-on-white crime?”

Arthur Stewart, who dressed in a cleric’s collar and identified himself as a minister in the tradition of the Disciples of Christ, said his heart goes out to all those who voted for Trump in fear they were losing grasp of the American Dream.

“I feel badly for them but in their response, they have hurt everyone,” Stewart said.

Petite Pointer, 29, who said she helped organize the Dallas march, said Trump’s comments should scare all people who are marginalized.

“I have friends who are black, who are Muslim, who are scared right now,” Pointer said.


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Protests are planned Friday as well, including one at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth at the old Tarrant County courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St. It is being organized by the Tarrant County chapter of the Next Generation Action Network.

Dominique Alexander, president of the network’s Dallas County chapter, said at Thursday’s march and rally that another Dallas protest is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Main Street Garden.

Elsewhere in the U.S., a crowd that included parents with children in strollers gathered Thursday night near Philadelphia’s City Hall. They held signs bearing slogans like “Not Our President,” “Trans Against Trump” and “Make America Safe for All.”

About 500 people turned out in Louisville, Ky., chanting and carrying signs as they marched downtown. A day earlier, five people were arrested at Western Kentucky University as demonstrators protested Trump’s election.

High-spirited high school students marched through San Francisco’s downtown, chanting “not my president” and holding signs urging a Trump eviction. They waved rainbow banners and Mexican flags, as bystanders in the heavily Democratic city high-fived the marchers from the sidelines.

“As a white, queer person, we need unity with people of color, we need to stand up,” said Claire Bye, a 15-year-old sophomore at Academy High School. “I’m fighting for my rights as an LGBTQ person. I’m fighting for the rights of brown people, black people, Muslim people.”

In New York City, about a hundred protesters gathered at Union Square in Manhattan to protest a Trump presidency. They held signs that read “Divided States of America,” “Let the New Generation Speak” and “Not My President.”

At a subway station along 14th Street, New Yorkers expressed their thoughts along the walls of a walkway using sticky notes — “Time to Fight Back” and “Keep the Faith! Our work is just beginning!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3