Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Austin Wednesday for anti-Trump rallies.
“Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go” The message of protestors was very clear when they started on the University of Texas Campus, “Not my president, not my president.” Donald Trump is not their President and they went on a mission to let everyone know. Josh Ellis is a UT Student and was part of the rally “We want people to know that he is not our President, he is not our pick, he does not speak for our country, he doesn't speak for us, this isn’t who we are,” he said.
Protestors said they do not agree with the outcome of the election and that's why they started a rally on the campus around 11 in the morning with a few hundred people, but when they decided to take their message to the streets of Austin, more people started to walk with them. “We got bigger as we went Downtown, people joined us this was a real testament to the city,” he said.
Making their way miles and miles through downtown, shutting down roads and chanting, protestors said it was not a pro-Hillary movement; it's about who Americans picked for the next president. “Someone that ran an entire campaign based on bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny, perpetuating this patriarch society we live in. He won using that campaign and that's strange to us, that hurts us. Even if he had lost, for him to get 50-million votes, 50-million people that agree with him in this country is scary in itself,” Ellis said.
Many were waving hand-made signs calling Trump a racist, and their chants made plays on his unwanted advances toward women. “No trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.” “We’ve been taught all our lives don't be a bully, don't be mean to people because of something and know he's the leader of the free world, we want people to know that,” Ellis said.
Even some local politicians joined in on the protest. City Council Member Greg Casar was protesting, ”I’m calling for resistance from our city, from people in our city and also from our city government cause it's up to us to protect our families, Donald Trump is not going to bring solutions, we will.” Casar said he thinks this is the beginning of many protests and strikes, “There were a lot of politicians including Donald Trump that were calling for healing, but that healing is not going to come to families in Austin that are scared of being torn apart or families that rely on having a progressive thoughtful government,” Casar said,
Some protestors left their messages on the streets by spray painting profanity against Trump on sidewalks. But most were about people just hearing their words, “It's about surviving, it's about pushing through and having this opportunity to stand as a people, it's a very trying time in our country to have a new President elect, this is really solidarity, that's the first thing it is, letting you guys know, we're together in this, this is one fight,” Ellis said.