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Thousands of Americans celebrate President’s Day with ‘Not My President’s Day’

Protests across the country

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NEW YORK, U.S. - Thousands took to the streets on Monday across the United States in a President's Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day as part of the latest round of demonstrations against Donald's Trump's policies and pronouncements.> BNN

Protests and rallies were held in 28 cities, including New York, Florida, Michigan, Utah and Chicago, on a day Trump tweeted "HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY - MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" 

A large number of demonstrators gathered in Los Angeles chanting “Love, not hate, makes America great,” CBSLA reported. 

The protesters carried signs reading “Trump is treason” and “the art of the liar.”

One protester, Mike Stutz of Los Angeles reportedly painted his face orange and sported “Orange Fever” placards.

He said, “Fear is contagious. It can really destroy what we believe in as the American dream. Don’t catch the orange fever. Embrace your fellow man, don’t reject your fellow man.”

In Chicago, protesters collected in the downtown area with signs reading “Dump Trump” and “Repeal and replace Trump, not Obamacare!”

The demonstrations centered around the Trump International Hotel & Tower that has witnessed several large protesters since Trump’s inauguration.

The most popular sign in protests here slammed Trump as the “jabberwocky terrorist who combats reason with babble & blather.”

Miami, Atlanta and Philadelphia too witnessed protests. 

A Facebook group by protesters in Atlanta, called ‘ImPEACH Now” march showed that 600 protesters were expected to participate in the rally - while in Philadelphia - protesters were marching in a "Counter the Executive Orders" rally, the group's Facebook page said.

In Michigan’s Ann Arbor, 600 protesters participated in a “Bad Hombres and Nasty Women” event on Monday night. The event was to reportedly feature “uncensored performances” and benefitted Planned Parenthood.

“I’m upset ... I am very concerned and I would like to see a return to rational reasonable policies based on fact, facts that are not up for debate,” said protester Chris Webber.

Another concerned protester remarked, “I don’t want to see the country sold to the highest bidder. I want to see a system, something like a change in the system that Martin Luther King talked about, that we change the country, the system, that people are treated fairly no matter what station is in life.”

Portland in Oregon, meanwhile, witnessed some unruly scenes with some people blocking traffic, following which a handful of protesters were arrested.

The Portland Police tweeted, “Several arrests during unpermitted street march on Monday in Downtown Portland.”

In New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta, thousands turned up chanting slogans liked “No ban, no wall. The Trump regime has got to fall”, and held signs that read “Uphold the Constitution Now” and “Impeach the Liar.”

Protesters in New York gathered near Columbus Circle post-noon, even as police continued to block the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is in the vicinity. 

Meanwhile, opposite the hotel, at the southwest corner of Central Park, thousands of protesters chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go!” 

One protester held a sign that read, “I don’t pay taxes to fund a golf weekend,” while another read, “Just say no to fascist pigs” and yet another, “NO! We refuse to accept a fascist America.”

"I think he's got a mean personality," said protester Edith Cresmer, a 78-year-old urban planner. 

"But the worst thing about him is how he incited peoples' fears and pits them against each other."

In the crowds, television crews, photographers and reporters spotted a lone Trump supporter, who sported a red baseball cap, with Trump’s signature phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ and he immediately got involved in some heated and other light-hearted conversation with protesters. 

"Donald Trump is literally our president, but figuratively, he has attacked every value New Yorkers embody and does not represent our interests," organizers of a protest march said on Facebook.

Ever since Trump's inauguration, the country has witnessed repeated demonstrations against some of his actions, particularly his hardline stance against immigrants, his controversial travel ban currently put on hold by the courts, his proposed cuts in federal spending and construction of a wall along the border with Mexico.

President’s Day is a holiday to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th U.S. presidents, respectively.

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