Fri | Jan 19, 2018

Protesters hit Trump's bottom line

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Since Trump won the 2016 US election, there have been numerous protests across the USA, at airports, town halls, and in major cities, including many across the globe. I was fortunate to attend one and was amazed by the energy, camaraderie, and solidarity. It was raw, it was real, it was powerful.

The slogans, posters, and placards were colourful and on point, and being in the company of thousands standing up for the same cause was empowering and humbling.

"Your hands are too small, you can't build a wall," crowds chanted, and "Pay your taxes", crowds erupted in front of a luxury Trump hotel, a dig at the president's refusal to release his tax returns.




Protesters strongly denounced racism, misogyny, xenophobia and other hateful rhetoric made by the president during the campaign. People also protested the Muslim-majority country ban, women's rights, abortion rights and planned parenthood support.

Since the hashtag #grabyourwallet started trending last year, the campaign has been mounting to urge people to use their wallets to protest President Donald Trump's administration and policies by boycotting companies associated directly with the Trump brand. The president's daughter, Ivanka's, fashion line saw a sharp decline in sales in recent months as more high-profile outlets dropped the line, citing declining sales. The boycott is having an impact.

The reality is, voters will accept the results of an election in a healthy democracy, but that will not give an administration a free pass to do as it pleases. In democracies, we have a vote, but we also have a voice, and can find many ways to express it.