HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With Donald Trump poised to accept the nomination for President, activists on many issues around the country called for a ‘National Anti-Trump day of Action.’
Many heard the call on social media overnight and gathered on the street outside Connecticut GOP headquarters to give out “kisses” to everyone on the busy sidewalk. It may not be all hugs and kisses among Republicans for Donald Trump, but kisses were flowing in downtown Hartford.
It was a team of veteran protesters that feel Donald Trump and the National Republican Party are just wrong on several issues, like Win Heimer of West Hartford.
“Whether it’s countering his stance on sexism and on racism and denying climate change, all of these things are not good for this country and that’s why I’m here,” said Heimer.
“Trump wishes to derail all of the efforts against global warming so far,” said Philip Dooley of NexGen Climate.
They chose the downtown Hartford street corner just outside the State Republican Party headquarters because they feel that state GOP delegates in Cleveland voting for the national party platform are out of step with Connecticut voters, including many rank and file Republicans.
“After three days of hatred in Cleveland, it was time for people to stand up and begin to hold people accountable for the message that was coming out,” said Tom Swan of the Connecticut Citizens Action Group.
“Love Trumps Hate” was reinforced by the peaceful handing out of “Hershey’s Candy Kisses” with the message attached.
“Especially in this week where he has taken Pence onto his ticket I think for us, this cements the fact that this really is a ‘war on women’ from the Republican Party,” said Sarah Croucher of NARAL Pro-Choice CT.
Reporter’s note; I can tell you that several high-ranking Connecticut elected Republican officials have told me this week they can’t believe some of the positions taken in the national party platform.