And so it begins. Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside of the Chicago Trump Tower. They would like to express their disapproval of the country’s decision. And we’re pretty sure this won’t be the only one.
Authorities say police have been stationed outside the hotel and condominium tower since early Wednesday, when it was apparent the Republican Trump had defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in their presidential contest. Protests continued into Wednesday evening with a relatively small but vocal group at Wacker and Wabash, just across the river from the Trump tower.
The protest was organized by the groups Freedom First International and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, among others. The organizers contend the protest is designed to show solidarity with Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, poor and working people and Black Lives Matter.
Among them was Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago Chapter. He says because of what he calls Trump’s “Islamophobia,” he’s advising local mosques to beef up security because he’s concerned Trump’s win will embolden hate crimes against Muslims.
Chicago elected officials also spoke out about Trump’s victory.