Written by Rachael Elmy
“No one in D.C. likes Trump.”
This was one of the first things my cousin said to me when I moved to D.C. for two months for an internship. I was surprised. I expected the political spectrum to be evenly split, despite all the protests that usually take place there. It only made sense to me that the there would be diverse political views in our nation’s capital, but I was wrong. I realized this when I attended the Families Belong Together protest on June 30th and the Anti-Trump protest on July 17th, right after Trump came back from visiting Putin.
So, what’s the political climate in D.C.? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so read on.
I found people from all walks of life. People of different races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Each of these people would proudly call themselves an American.
I found beauty in every believer.
And with that I also found anger.
But there wasn’t just anger, there was also love.
We sang the National Anthem. We chanted, “Families belong together!” We recited the Declaration of Independence. Everyone there loved their country.
They just didn’t like what was going on inside it.
However, there was one overall message: No matter where you’re from, we’re all Americans, and we’re damn proud to be.