Protesters marched from the Inner Harbor to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday to voice their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, who was set to appear at the game. (Video by Kim Hairston)
Nearly two hundred people marched around M&T Bank Stadium Saturday to protest the appearance of President-elect Donald Trump at the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore.
Demonstrators denounced the Republican's positions and rhetoric on immigration and minorities. Trump campaigned on promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the Southwest Border and bar Muslims from entering the country.
The marchers chanted "No Hate. No Fear. Immigrants are Welcome Here." and "We reject the president-elect." They wielded signs that read "Dump Trump," "Resist" and "Make Fascists Hide Again."
They said they wanted to remind people that many remain disappointed by Trump's election — and perhaps even to send a message to the Electoral College.
Trump cannot become president until the Electoral College casts its votes on Dec. 19. After a divisive campaign in which Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.7 million votes, some Electoral College members — mostly Democrats — have said they will vote for candidates other than Trump to deny him the 270 electoral votes he needs to assume office.
Demonstrators returned to McKeldin Square and dispersed by 1:30 p.m. — about the time Trump left Trump Tower in New York.
Trump boarded a plane at La Guardia International Airport shortly before 2 p.m. with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for national security advisor, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, his choice for White House strategist, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump's visit is his first public appearance in Maryland since the election.
His last public visit came in September, when he spoke at the annual conference of the National Guard Association of the United States at the Baltimore Convention Center. A relatively small group protested that visit at the time.
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As in past presidential election years, Maryland voted overwhelmingly for the Democratic candidate. Clinton received just over 60 percent of the state's vote, one of her strongest showings anywhere in the nation.