Counter-protests will take place in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, across the street from where President Donald Trump is holding a “BIG rally” to mark his 100th day in office.
Trump will speak at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex on the same night as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C.—a corporate media event Trump previously said he was boycotting due to unfavorable treatment by the press.
But he won’t be able to avoid negative attention altogether, with two protests set to highlight and denounce what one group called Trump’s “racist Wall St. agenda.” Organizers told the Washington Post they expect the two events to attract upwards of 600 people.
“Trump’s first 100 days have done incredible harm,” said Michael Morrill of Keystone Progress, part of a coalition that’s organizing a march from downtown Harrisburg to the Farm Show Complex. “We are proud to be a part of the vibrant resistance to Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, the LGBT community, and workers and their unions. We are marching in a united front against these attacks.”
Meanwhile, the state Democratic Party is holding a separate rally at a sports field across from the complex, featuring elected officials and speakers that represent interests ranging from labor to women’s health to the environment.
“Less than a year ago on his campaign of disrespect and made-up statistics, Trump compared Harrisburg to a ‘war zone’ and insulted the hard-working people of the city,” the Pennsylvania Democrats said in their call-to-action. Indeed, Trump drew fire last summer after saying that Pennsylvania’s capital city “looked like a war zone” when he saw it from his airplane window.
“Now, he has the gall to come back to Harrisburg to mark his first 100 days in office from the Farm Show Complex,” the Democrats continued. “Well, the people of Pennsylvania don’t have such short memories, and we will stand up to Trump and remind the country what those 100 days were really like: filled with alternative facts, incompetence, and international scandal.”
Over the last week, a wide array of progressive advocacy groups have released assessments of Trump’s first 100 days in office. Their general consensus: Not good.