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Protesters march on President’s Day

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About 200 people came out Monday to protest the current U.S. President Donald Trump on President’s Day.

The protest began with songs like “This Land Is Your Land,” and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The defiant crowd then chanted and waved many creative signs together at Rosa Parks Circle before marching to Calder Plaza and back, not without passing drivers honking their car horns in encouragement.

Local activist Amanda Leanne Brunzell came out to protest because she’s a veteran.

“Just because I don’t wear that uniform anymore does not mean that I haven’t taken that oath,” said Brunzell, 33. “That oath is one that should last for a lifetime. Because of that oath, I’ve decided to come out multiple times and make sure … I’m still making a change in my country.”

Brunzell said in the navy, she was not allowed to discriminate against who she was fighting for – citizens of the United States.

“Because of that, I feel it’s very important to stand up and support representatives who share those values,” Brunzell said. “I believe that representatives should not create laws that allow discrimination, whether that’s for women, for healthcare, race, gender, religion, it doesn’t matter. If you’re in America, you’ve got my protection.”

Older sibling Hannah Dershem, 18, brought her younger brother Christian, 11, to the protest.

“I do not support Trump in office and his administration and everything about it concerns me,” Hannah Dershem said. “And I and my little brother are the future of America.”

Her younger brother agreed with her, holding a sign that read: “Not My President.”

“He doesn’t understand what it’s like to be president and he’s just trying to take control of the world and take it for granted,” Christian Dershum said.

Muskegon resident Cece Riley, 31, attended the rally with family – her mother and two children.

“We’re here today because we don’t support Donald Trump as our president and we want to stand up against what’s happening across America and stand up for what’s right,” Riley said.

When asked what she thinks of the U.S. president, 4-year-old Emma Riley said he’s “mean.”

Emma’s grandmother Barbara Kolen attended the women’s march in Washington D.C.  

“He’s bringing chaos to the country,” said Kolen, 63. “We need to get to the bottom of what relationship he has with the Russians. I just feel like we really need to look into his associations with the Russians, and we really need to see his tax returns, because I don’t think he – well, I don’t think he has a heart – but he certainly doesn’t have the American people in his heart.”

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