culture / Rachael Elmy / September 2018

“No one in D.C. likes Trump”: A view of the people living in the nation’s capital

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.

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Man takes a kneel during Anti-Trump protest, chanting, “Take a knee!”

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.

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Woman sits with a horde of posters towards the back of the Anti-Trump protest.

I found beauty in every believer.

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Woman mimics Melania Trump’s “I don’t care, do you?” jacket during the Families Belong Together protest.

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An Anti-ICE poster next to an American flag at the Families Belong Together protest.

And with that I also found anger.

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A man unabashedly faces his “Traitor” poster toward the White House during the Anti-Trump protest.

But there wasn’t just anger, there was also love.

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Woman sings “We’ll Rise Up” at the Families Belong Together protest.

We sang the National Anthem. We chanted, “Families belong together!” We recited the Declaration of Independence. Everyone there loved their country.

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The Families Belong Together protest was weeks before this photo, but Trump was still not getting the message.

They just didn’t like what was going on inside it.

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Two protestors hold a “Traitor” poster during the Anti-Trump protest.

However, there was one overall message: No matter where you’re from, we’re all Americans, and we’re damn proud to be.

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Woman with drum during Anti-Trump Protest.

 

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