Although news sources forecasted that the Trump protest London attendee numbers (on July 13, 2018) would be in the hundreds of thousands, I was skeptical. However, I chose to attend as an American expat in London, who is dismayed with my President (as much as I would like to say he’s #NotMyPresident). On the way from London Bridge I noticed a few protesters in my train carriage. A man and woman decked out in leis propped a “Make the world great again” sign between them. A father erected his banner as his two children chattered away at him; he kept the banner hidden in the bag, but I am pretty sure I saw a drawing of a buttocks…
Once we arrived at Charing Cross station, London Trump protesters could be seen in every direction. I headed to the loo. (Which is free to use now, hooray.) A woman in front of me held a sign by her two children; if the poorly drawn block letters didn’t give it away, the stick figure with a fart cloud certainly did. Their message? “Trump means fart.” Girls happily donned stickers and buttons in the spirit of the Trump protest, while a man upstairs guarded his sign: “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.”
Part of the Trump Protest London was pure pageantry. It was like attending a huge “show and tell” after everyone had made their anti-Trump crafts. Some attendees came more as observers or as gawkers with cameras. A few handfuls of Trump protesters manned tents to educate others, gain petition signatures and convince them to attend a second rally on the following day (Saturday, July 14). Some were joyous to connect with others who cared enough to show up. Some were resolute. Some were amazed by the magnitude of the turn out.
While I believe Trump does have a right to visit the UK as a head of state, I do support Londoners for highlighting his shortcomings in his character and policies. Trump does not seem to need anyone to pat him on the back other than himself (because if he’s great at at one thing, it’s praising himself); however, the protest made it impossible to ignore that many people do not support him and condemn his actions.
If you missed the Trump protest, see the photos that I took in Trafalgar Square from around 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Let me know which one your favorite is in the comments below!
Trump Protest London Photos
This protester, proud of his #pootus sign, heads back home from the protests via Charing Cross station.
Meanwhile, a couple hands as they leave Charing Cross station to approach the Trump protest in London’s Trafalgar Square.
After attending a disappointingly little protest about the atrocious Southern Rail service a few years ago, I was impressed by how many Brits turned out. I was especially impressed with the elderly attendees, who braved the massive crowds.
This vibrant-haired protester managed to fit quite a lot on her sign – from ‘tiny hands’ to ‘Covfefe.’
Trump Protest Trafalgar Square Photos
At this point, everyone was happily singing and bopping along to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” song. “Oooohhh IIIIIIIII – want be with you everywhere!” The spontaneity felt very unBritish, but very fun.
Elsewhere, more serious protesters were shouting, “No more Trump!” into a megaphone on repeat.
Although the eye is easily drawn to the Trump protester’s sign, check out his E = mc2 t-shirt.
There were many pop-up tents around Trafalgar Square, handing out pamphlets, newspapers and flyers.
While I understand the sentiment of this sign, I’d rather not associate my favorite snack food (Cheetos) with the current US President. But the artwork is amazing… And evokes a completely different feeling from Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama ‘HOPE’ poster.
Although the 20-foot Trump Baby balloon (blimp) was not at Trafalgar Square, some signs featured the 70-year-old infant theme.
Quite a few Palestinian flags could be see in at the Trump protest London, too.
A variation of the ‘Impeach the peach’ sign was ‘Impeach the orange.’
Select excerpts from the Londoners that showed up at the Trump Trafalgar Square protest:
- “Kindness and compassion matter.”
- “No to racism, no to Trump!”
- “In a world where you can be anything, be nice.”
- “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.”
- “More empathy, less hate!”
- “Thank you for uniting London – against you.”
In case you wanted to know who Trump’s policies negatively affect, this man supports these populations instead: immigrants, children, Muslims, Mexicans, women, the black community, all people of color, the LGBTQ population and Palestinians.
We all need the determination shown in this woman’s face. As I passed, a female attendee said, “Yaaaas Queen!” I couldn’t agree more.
Three Trump London protesters precariously balance atop tall concrete posts with their signs.
Well, ‘super callous fragile racist sexist Nazi POTUS’ sounds about right…
Police officers stood atop the steps of The National Gallery, surveying the hundreds upon hundreds of protesters below.
This is part of the same mural seen in the photo above:
“Dear Mr. Trump,
This is not what greatness looks like. The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering and bigotry.”
Tired Trump protesters take a rest by the Trafalgar Square staircase.
Told you, another Trump baby sign.
There were quite a few pig references, too…
Although many of the posters highlighted negative qualities about Trump (some of them only denigrating his looks, which are much more trivial than his character flaws), this poster was empowering and heartening.
London Trump protesters flooded Trafalgar Square and the surrounding streets, slowly milling through the area with their signs. The steps of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church quickly filled up across the road.
Although moving through all of the attendees was difficult, everyone was very mindful and polite, even trying to stay out of other peoples’ photos.
“Bigotry has NO place in Britain.”
Although this sign only offers a caricature of Trump’s physical presence, it reminded me of the Trump baby blimp crowdfunding campaign:
“Moral outrage is water off a duck’s back to Trump. But he really seems to hate it when people make fun of him.”
A protester at the march in Parliament Square held a sign, asking, “Where do I even start?” There are so many issues with Trump acting as the US President…
I felt like this sign encapsulated the overwhelming essence of it all: “Trump has caused so much despair that I can’t come up with a witty protest sign. Stop Trumpism!”
Well, I am an American, and I had to ask my country the same question.
I remember reading this “5 Reasons Why Trump Why Trump Will Win [the American Presidency]” essay by Michael Moore and shuddering. It is even worse now that it has truly come to pass.
Londoners’ anti-Trump rally signs were laid down as protesters left, so that newcomers without a sign could carry them.
London Trump protesters help another climb aboard the large fountains in Trafalgar Square.
London protesters against Trump hold signs, looking over Trafalgar Square, in front of The National Gallery.
Attendees listen raptly to the speakers at the London against Trump rally.
Trump protesters peer over from the A400 sidewalk to tune into the speeches.
The crowd clapped and lifted their signs to cheer on the speakers at the front of Trafalgar Square.
A regal statue of King George IV looks over the Trump protest in London’s Trafalgar Square.
One attendee references Hamilton with “Immigrants: We get the job done.”
Although every individual attended London’s Trump protest for different reasons (the cruel separation of hopeful immigrants and their children, his sexist views, the list goes on…), the protest did feel very united.
“Respect Existence – or – Expect Resistance.”
I wonder how many horn honks the “Honk if you think Trump is a big baby” got…
In regard to the ‘When was America Great?’ sign… I am still incredibly proud when I read the USA’s Declaration of Independence, and when I think about the countries who modeled their own declarations after our own. The country has definitely experienced greatness. However, since immigrants first came to settle until present, the treatment of Native Americans has been consistently abysmal and unjust.
Stern onlookers hold their signs up in front of The National Gallery.
“We shall over-comb!” … And overcome, too.
How did we elect such a pervert into the Oval Office? He’s despicable.
Two friends chat as they display their anti-Trump signs. The one of the left is another reminiscent of Obama’s ‘HOPE’ 2008 election poster, except it features Trump that says ‘NOPE.’
The baby Trump poster on the right says, “I need changing!” And attracted lots of curious viewers. One passerby even asked the sign’s owner if he could take a photo holding it. (He obliged.)
Leaving the Trump Protest Photos
#Trumpstinks gas masks were popular with the crowd, as were yellow ribbons that said “Eff Off” – but the real way.
More Trump protest London attendees made their way around to the National Portrait Gallery.
The garbage can (or rubbish bin) seems a fitting place for a #DumpTrump sign.
Interested in politics?
Pin this blog post!