How are these protests different from ones in the past?
Throughout history, there has been many protests against leaders of power, but since Donald Trump was sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, there have been protests all around the world. There has been over 600 protests held around the world against Donald Trump as of February 7, 2017 (“Protests Against Donald Trump”). With Donald Trump being president for less than a month so far, 600 protests around the world is significantly different than others in the past. These protests were able to form so quickly through organization on social media. Social media impacts the marches “due to our relentless 24/7 news cycle. Spreading the word is much easier in the age of social media. And it seems likely that these kinds of demonstrations will continue to pop up unexpectedly" ("At Women’s Marches"). As more protests occur, we see different reason that people are protesting President Trump.
Image shows young women in the front of a crowd protesting
What is being protested?
Though these protest all revolve around Donald Trump in some way or form they also deal with other subjects. Many of the protests more recent protests involve the travel ban. Trump signed an executive order to block immigrants from 7 muslim-majority countries from entering the united states. Protests have broken out in airports because of the ban. Hundreds gathered at a Dallas airport to protest against the travel ban, after people flying into the US from those 7 countries were detained (“Hundreds Gather at Dallas Airport”). People are outraged because of the travel ban and has caused many protests around the globe. Some protests are against Trump, but focus on their own personal rights. The women’s marches were protesting against trump but were focused on women’s rights. Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, stating that “It’s not a march about Trump the march….It’s a march about women’s rights that are very much imperiled by the policies President-elect Trump appears headed for” (Frazee). The people that are protesting at the women’s marches are doing it for women’s rights instead of specifically Donald Trump. With many protests happening, the amount of people that are at these protests will be very high.
Protests from the Women's Marches. The highlighted sign reads "Women's Rights are Human Rights"
How many people were at these protests?
Protests have been going on since and before Donald Trump was elected president. With less than a month of being president, the numbers are adding up. An ongoing statistic done by Jeremy Pressman, a professor at the University of Connecticut, and Erica Chenoweth, a professor at the University of Denver documents a vast majority of protests against trump. The statistics estimate that at least 3.5 million people have protested against Donald Trump, 3.2 million of those people were in the United States. With less than 30 days in office, many countries around the globe have protested against him. People are also able to protest in more ways than in the streets. In the United Kingdom, over 1.8 million people have signed a petition to keep UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May from having a meeting with Trump, according to their government’s official petition website. Outside the US, close to 2 million people would not want to have Donald Trump in their country for a meeting. With 3.5 million people protesting, There’s going to be a lot of news coverage.
Police trying to push back a crowd, protestors are holding up their phones at the police.
How are these protests being covered?
With all the protests going on, it’s certain that newsgroups are going to report on them. But some were not able to report on these events without getting in trouble. When journalists were reporting on the protests on Inauguration Day, they were arrested and charged with felony rioting. The six journalist “were arraigned Saturday in D.C. Superior Court on charges of violating the city’s law against rioting, The Guardian reported Tuesday. They face up to 10 years behind bars if convicted and a $25,000 fine, according to the newspaper” (Blake). Because they were in the same place at the same time as the protests, The journalist got treated the as if they were one of the protesters. The reason they were arrested, was because of the violence demonstrations that happened on Inauguration Day. Fox News had covered the more violent side of the Inauguration Day protests. Stating that the protesters were smashing storefront windows, limousines and setting cars on fire (Weber). Fox News was more focused on reporting the negative protesters. Though President Trump has only been in office for about a month, the protests have somewhat gone on the back burner.
A protest against Trump's travel ban
Are these protests still happening?
Though it hasn’t been too long since Trumps inauguration, there’s still been protests almost daily. A recent planned event is the Day without Immigrants. Protesters asked Immigrants “to stay home from work, avoid shopping and skip classes in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ an effort to highlight the vital role they play in American society” ("Immigrants Skip Work"). To prove a point that the travel ban would be a bad idea, immigrants are staying home from their jobs and schools to show how much of an impact they have on our day to day lives. Another protest being planned ahead of time is the tax march. This planned protest will take place on “Saturday, April 15 to show President Donald Trump that the American public does, in fact, care about his tax returns….rallies planned to take place in the nation's capitol and 60 additional cities nationwide” (Fulton). To protest against Trump, people are refusing to do their taxes just like Trump had done for years through a loophole.In the future, it seems that protest will continue against Trump, and people will continue to make their voices heard about President Trump.
a crowd of young protestors