Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hawaii Protesters Turn Out Against Trump Visit: 'No Aloha'

Hawaii Protesters Turn Out Against Trump Visit: 'No Aloha'

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Edward Idquino, center, who holds a Trump Make America Great Again sign confronts a anti-Trump crowd protesting at the capitol in Honolulu. (Craig T. Kojima/The Star-Advertiser via AP)
By    |   Saturday, 04 Nov 2017 08:19 
Residents in Hawaii protested President Donald Trump's visit Friday with signs blasting "Welcome to Kenya" — even sporting a full-sized cardboard figure of former President Barack Obama — to attack the Republican's "birtherism" campaign against his predecessor.
"I have no 'aloha' for him and I don’t think the state of Hawaii does either," Laura Margulies, a protester who held a sign that read "No Aloha 4 Trump," told The Washington Post.
She was among several hundred demonstrators who gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol as Trump arrived in the Aloha State before embarking on his tour of Asia, the Post reports.
He left Saturday for Tokyo after touring Pearl Harbor.
Protesters also bashed President Trump's anti-immigration efforts — and they called their rally "Hawaii 3-Trump 0," referring to the number of times courts in the state blocked Trump's travel ban orders.
"Hawaii is the most diverse state in the nation — and just a few days ago Trump literally said, 'Diversity sounds like a good thing, but it is not a good thing,'" State Democratic Rep. Kaniela Ing told Hawaii News Now.
"That statement alone undermines the values that make Hawaii, Hawaii," he said.
Another state Democrat Davey Strand, brought the Obama cut-out, which sported a University of Hawaii baseball cap, the Post reports.
Strand said his wife was born in the same hospital as Obama — and he slammed Trump's birtherism claims as "insulting."
"I'm really upset that Trump is on our island," demonstrator Kanani Ai told Hawaii News Now. "We don't like his brand of racism here and we want him to leave as soon as possible.
"I've stayed out of politics my whole life and it's not about Republican or Democrat," she said. "It's about human rights."

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