Chicago Un-Welcomes President Trump
A CPS teacher participates in protests outside of Trump Tower, Oct. 28. | Savannah Jonkman
Liz Albert from Wheaton, IL, views the protest from atop a flowerbed, Oct. 28. | Camilla Forte Silva
Members of Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois join protesters at the intersection of Wacker Drive and Wabash Avenue. | Camilla Forte Silva
Protesters carry a trump piñata down Wacker Drive, Oct. 28. | Camilla Forte Silva
A line of protesters hold a large #OutNow sign directed towards President Trump, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
Anti-Trump protesters chant “R.E.S.I.S.T.” outside of Trump Tower, Oct. 28. | Savannah Jonkman
A protester dressed as President Trump in an orange jumpsuit holds a 'Lock Him Up' sign, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
Anne Toohui, from Elmers, IL, marches down Wacker Drive, Oct. 28. | Camilla Forte Silva
A Chicago police officer oversees an argument between a Trump supporter and a protester, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
A member of Sousaphones Against Hate plays along to organized chants, Oct. 28. | Camilla Forte Silva
Protester displays a twist on a Susan B. Anthony quote, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
A Riverwalk statue becomes an unwitting participant in the protests against the president as he visits Chicago, Oct 28 | Savannah Jonkman
Dharma, the impeachment puppy, joins the Trump protest, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
An organizer for Indivisible Chicago leads protesters in organized chants, Oct. 28. | Camilla Forte Silva
Chicago police hold a division line between Trump protesters and Trump supporters, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
Trump protesters join in chanting against Trump across the river from Trump Tower, where President Trump sits in a meeting, Oct. 28 | Jasmeen Vaughn
Ahamed Jaeoe, a WWII veteran attending the march, joins protesters in chanting “Donald Trump has got to go.” | Camilla Forte Silva
Erica Anna, Nicholas Haas and James Piehl of the UIC Students For A Democratic Society addressed UIC’s partnership with the CIA at the UIC Rally Against Trump, Oct. 28. | Zachary Clingenpeel
UIC students from various campus organizations gather at the UIC Rally Against Trump to protest President Trump’s visit to Chicago, Oct. 28. | Zachary Clingenpeel
Nicholas Haas, a representative for UIC’s Students For A Democratic Society, delivers a speech in front of UIC students and staff during the UIC Rally Against Trump, Oct. 28. | Zachary Clingenpeel
Students from UIC organizations Anakbayan Chicago, Fearless Undocumented Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine, Student and Worker Advocacy Network and Union for Puerto Rican Students presented speeches at the rally. | Zachary Clingenpeel
Crowds flocked to the intersection of Wacker Drive and Wabash Avenue to protest Trump’s visit to Chicago Monday.
Trump had not visited Chicago since 2016, when he was forced to cancel a scheduled rally at University of Illinois at Chicago due to safety concerns.
Rallies organized by various organizations — such as Indivisible Chicago, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, UIC Students for a Democratic Society and others — came together before the Trump Hotel to rally against his visit.
Attendees were there speaking out on a variety of issues, representing different perspectives on the best path forward for the American government.
“I’m here as an individual to speak up for impeachment,” said Liz Albert, who came to protest from Wheaton, Illinois. “There’s so much that this President is just tearing down in our country and turning us into a laughingstock… I think we should be out in the streets every night like Hong Kong,” she said.
David McKirnan, who attended the protest with Indivisible Chicago, said that he would prefer if impeachment didn’t happen.
“I actually prefer to see him voted out. I think that once he started trying to get the president of Ukraine to interfere in the American election…Nancy Pelosi had to call for impeachment,” McKirnan said, “but I would rather that she not have done that, and that he had been voted out in 2020, so that things proceed in an orderly, democratic fashion.”
However, a strong dislike of the for the president and his actions served as the uniting factor among all protesters.
“I hate Donald Trump. I did not fight World War II for that son of a b–ch,” said Ahamed Jaeoe, a veteran attending the march.