Protesters gather in Washington, D.C., to express their anger over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, in one of many demonstrations across the U.S. dubbed 'Not My President's Day.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Critics of President Donald Trump held signs calling him a 'mockery" and demanding his impeachment, as they gathered in the U.S. capital on Monday (February 20). Hundreds of demonstrators protested against the 45th president in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle on the Presidents Day holiday. Grassroots activists in dozens of U.S. cities took part in similar "Not My President's Day" rallies. Chanting "Stand up, fight back," various speakers addressed the crowd and took aim at everything from Trump's nominations to his travel ban. Demonstrators said they opposed the Trump agenda, including his anti-immigration stance, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico, and repealing Obamacare. Not far from the rally, two bikers brought a Trump flag to meet protesters as they began to march. "Are you in America? I think so, you're in D.C. Guess what? he was elected by 31 out of 50 states. Yes, he is your president. You might not like it, but live with it," said biker Ski Bischof from Pennsylvania. The protesters marched to the White House, carrying signs with slogans such as "illegitimate," "We are the people," and "not my values, not my president." A protester named Cathy, who wore a pink wig and cat whiskers, said she also attended the Women's March in January. "Our way of life is at stake. And the most incompetent is in the White House. It's just unbelievable to us. And I went out, and I voted. And I marched for the pipeline and I marched for equal rights and I marched for Planned Parenthood. I've tried to do it all, and here I am on Presidents Day marching for all of the U.S. in our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness," she said. The idea for the Presidents Day protests originated in Los Angeles, where about 4,300 people had said on Facebook they would attend a City Hall rally, according to organizers, and it spread to other locales via social media. Recent anti-Trump protests have included a "general strike" on Friday (February 17), a day after thousands of immigrants across the United States stayed away from work and school to highlight the contributions of foreign-born residents to the U.S. economy. On Saturday, Trump staged a rally for supporters in Florida at a Melbourne aircraft hangar to attack the media and tout his accomplishments in office. Presidents Day is the unofficial name of the holiday honoring the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th U.S. presidents, respectively.