President Donald Trump was greeted by hundreds of protesters calling for his impeachment and resignation when he traveled to New London, Connecticut yesterday. Trump used his commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy as a platform to complain about his life and declare that, “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly” by the media.
New London certainly loves the Coast Guard. One sign declared that the Coast Guard could “do better” than Trump. Another sign noted Trump’s recent scandal in which he gave classified information away to a visiting Russian diplomat saying that Coast Guard cadets learn OP SEC, operational security, on day one. “Our grads know it,” says the sign, “does their boss?”
The protesters walked two miles to the Coast Guard Academy where they were greeted by about seventy people, half of whom were in support of Trump, the other half not. With the arrival of the marchers the anti-Trump crowd outnumbered the pro-Trump crowd at least 5 to 1, maybe more. There was a heavy police presence, but aside from a minor, agitated scuffle there were no incidents.
Across the street from the main body of the pro- and anti-Trump crowds were a small contingent of “Bikers for Trump.” With the Trump protesters, standing near the top of a grassy knoll, was a man carrying a fascist “Pepe the Frog” sign and another man dressed as a medieval crusader. These were among the more overtly racist and fascist members of the pro-Trump crowd.
Unify & Resist, the coalition of groups participating in the anti-Trump march is made up of Action Together CT New London County, Immigration Advocacy & Support Center, Neighbors Making Noise, New London Green Party, Raging Grannies of Greater Westerly, Rise Up Mystic, St Francis House, Think Loud, Together We Rise CT, War Resisters League New England, Welcoming Refugees/Start Fresh Inc and We Stand Together.
The coalition gave out flyers that contained guidelines for non-violence.