Undeterred by the blistering heat, a group of protesters took to the Ped Mall today to protest against the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his divisive rhetoric.
“We want to show the community that a lot of people in Iowa City care about stopping Trump,” said Laura Cornell, a recent City High graduate and volunteer with Next Gen Climate Iowa. She feels that a Trump presidency would have a disastrous impact on climate change policy.
The group of roughly 20-35 protesters marched up and down the Ped Mall, shouting out various chants and carrying signs with slogans such as “dump Trump” and “Love trumps hate.” As the group marched, people sporadically joined in, following behind and chanting along with the organizers.
One protester who had arrived at the start of the event, Leann Cortimiglia, said she came to support Hillary Clinton and believes Trump will ruin the country.
“My biggest issue I have with Trump’s policies is that he doesn’t have any,” says Cortimiglia. “He doesn’t seem to understand the seriousness of the position he’s taking, and I believe he wants to be the king of the United States, and not the president.”
The overall atmosphere on the Ped Mall was relaxed, with people either watching the march, offering slight nods or the occasional thumbs up. Ford, who feels Clinton will have no trouble clinching the Iowa City vote, appreciated the sentiment of the protest, but said she would like to see something more organized.
“If it becomes a bigger crowd, obviously it will impact the people downtown, and that might bring in some concerns from the residents,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s going to have a positive impact, I wonder about that — if it’s going to get the political message through.”