As Donald Trump visited Kansas City, Missouri, today, he was greeted by protesters carrying signs like “Bogus POTUS”, “Trump is a traitor”, and “Lock Him Up“. President Trump was in Kansas City today to address a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to which some detractors of Trump might take exception, since Trump used five deferments (four for college and one for bone spurs) to avoid serving in Vietnam.

Increasingly, protests follow President Trump wherever he goes, both on his trips abroad, as we saw during Trump’s recent visit to the U.K., and here at home, as today’s Kansas City protests show. According to the Kansas City Star:

As the president prepared to speak at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, roughly 150 protesters rallied at 10th Street and Broadway. They jeered the president. Some shouted expletives; some ridiculed Trump for his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Kansas City police officers kept the protesters out of the street, so instead the crowd massed on the four corners. They held signs saying “Liar,” “Bogus POTUS,” “Lock him up” and “Trump is a traitor.” Several red flags with a sickle symbol could also be seen in the crowd, along with one protester wearing a red Antifa (antifascist) shirt. Johnda Boyce, 48, held a sign saying, “This is not normal! RESIST!” “I’m queer, I believe in immigrant rights, I’m a woman,” she said. “I think that our democracy is under threat. Not just women, not just immigrants. I think our whole system is crumbling.”

Here is footage from the first part of protests in Kansas City today from Jennifer Hayden, who tweeted, “Scenes from #KansasCity #RESIST to Donald Trump’s visit. There is another rally planned by local activists later in the day.”:

When Trump returns to the White House, he will not be escaping protesters, as this evening will be the ninth consecutive day of anti-Trump protests just outside the White House operating under the “Occupy Lafayette Park” protest campaign organized by Adam Parkhomenko. Parkhomenko, a former political advisor to Hillary Clinton, today also tweeted his support for the Kansas City protesters, writing, “Excellent job Kansas City!”

Daily protests outside the White House began last Monday following President Trump’s controversial performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Parkhomenko indicates the protests, which have featured loud music (at various points consisting of opera singers, a brass band, drummers, and a mariachi band) meant to jar Trump when he’s in the White House, will go on indefinitely. Today Parkhomenko commented on Trump’s bizarre tweet in which Trump claims Russia wants to intervene in the 2018 midterms on behalf of Democrats by tweeting, “This guy is ill. Protest at the Kremlin Annex starts again at 7:30 PM (EDT).” The “Kremlin Annex” is what the protesters are now calling the Trump White House.

Thankfully, we still have freedom of speech in this country. President Trump has shown an interest in punishing people for exercising their freedom of speech, however, now threatening to remove security clearances from several former Obama administration officials in response to their being critical of Trump. Punishing someone for exercising freedom of speech is of course contrary to one of the basic principles of democracy, but Trump is more interested in quashing criticism of him than in any principle of democracy, which is a big part of why there are so many protests against him.

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