Rallies planned nationwide for ‘Not My President’s Day’

Members of International Migrants Alliance in Hong Kong hold placards during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's selective country travel ban outside of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of people, including some in Austin, are expected to participate in “Not My President’s Day” rallies.

Protesters say they are standing together as citizens against the policies Trump has ordered since taking office exactly one month ago. They are pushing back against President Donald Trump on the federal holiday, President’s Day.

“We do not believe that his actions or demeanor have made him worthy of the esteemed title of President, nor do we believe that he gained the title legitimately,” said the group in the Facebook event. “We refuse to acknowledge him as our president, as his actions so far have shown to be anything but in the best interest of the American people.”

The group says they chose President’s Day to protest the country’s leader, who is failing to uphold the principles of democracy. The travel ban is used as an example to show how Trump is targeting the Muslim community to divide the country, according to the group. Additional examples include, Trump’s promise to create jobs, which he failed to do after taking office, instead prompting a hiring freeze in the federal government.

“These policies and actions will not stop, so our resistance must continue,” states the group. “Progress is only possibly if we persist and resist.”

The rally in Austin will begin at noon, on the south steps of the State Capitol. On Facebook, 2,000 people are interested in going to the event.

Continuous protests have swept across the world since Trump took office. Trump’s executive bans on anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from coming to the United States for 90 days was met with protests at the Austin airport. Protesters also marched throughout downtown Austin as Trump was inaugurated. The groups voices echoed across the city as they chanted, “No hate! No Fear! Immigrants are welcomed here.”

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