Not In Trump’s America

"They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”

The GOP front-runner for the presidential nomination has built a campaign around declaring which kinds of people won’t be welcome in his regime. We’re traveling the country listening to the stories of those who won’t be pushed out. Hear them below, in their own words.
April 15, New York, NY
April 4, Janesville, WI
March 11, Chicago, IL
Rana Ahvaz
20, Student

"The hateful rhetoric that the GOP is spreading is affecting marginalized groups in our everyday lives. It’s already very hard for me as a Muslim woman in the United States. If he becomes president, then I’ll lose all of my best friends, who may or may not be here undocumented; many refugees will go home. ... This country has a lot of tension, and the rhetoric that not only Donald Trump is spreading ... It’s not going to get any better. And we need to recognize that we have a problem so that we can all coexist and move forward."

Elsa Waithe
27, Comedian

"I’m a black homosexual female. None of those things line up with anything that Trump is promoting, anything that the Republican Party is promoting. I’m an American citizen just like, you know, the next person, so I don’t want any extra rights, I just don’t want any fewer rights than what’s given to anyone else. So I think it’s important for me to be here today because if Trump is elected, me, my loved ones, will be greatly impacted. … Trump’s known to bring out ugly sides in people. That’s what he stands for."

Stephen McCarthy
56, Real Estate Investor

"I just think people need to be counted. Like, you know, take a look at me, I’m not the kind of guy who participates in a lot of protests, but there are a lot of folks like me who feel very strongly about what Mr. Trump stands for and want to protest and want to stand up and be counted for, and vote against him."

Kristoff Grizzelle
20, Fitness industry

"As a black man in America, I’ve seen racism. I’ve seen subtle racism … the racism that’s not necessarily white-robe racism. And it’s ingrained into this culture, like, way more than anyone can believe … And now we’re gonna have to come together and make sure this doesn’t happen, because we’re not gonna be respected as a country. This is very destructive. … I just — I hope, I pray that he doesn’t get power. I’ll do anything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen."

Sarah Braitbord
27, Educational development

"I mean, as a white, cisgendered female, I have the privilege of being sort of a protected class … But the fact of the matter is I love a lot of people who will be massively impacted by this. And it’s one of those things where, would it be better if he was elected and the whole system, like, crashed, and, like, stopped around him? Maybe? I don’t know, but, like, I also realize that that’s coming from a privileged position, to be able to say that. I think it will have massive consequences both here in the U.S. and globally, worldwide ..."

Shantel Walker
Food service industry

"At this point, we have young kids that are scared of Trump. And they scared of what they know of his policies and what he wants to do with this country. … And we don’t want our country to go down to the dogs. We can’t let Donald Trump become president. We need somebody in office that’s gonna respect Americans and respect people’s opinions and let us be a melting pot of what we are. We are New York. We have people from all walks of life, we have to welcome people. This is what America was built on. We have to keep America America."

Jennifer Garcia
19, Bakery employee

"It’s important to be here today to speak up for my family, because my mom’s not, she’s not legal here. So I just want to show that I’m here to support every immigrant out here trying to fight for a better life. I just hope Trump doesn’t get elected and that he can go, like, fuck himself."

Jane Orendain
60, Administrative Assistant

"To tell you the truth, as far as I’m concerned, if not for the immigrants in New York, New York would collapse. Because we’re very hard workers. ... The other thing is that, in fact, all the immigrants in this country would happily go home to their countries if the U.S. stopped screwing all of our countries! Like now, whether we want it or not, Americans are back on our soils because of the problem with the South China Sea. New York is a leading economy and a leading city, and so if Trump is elected ... then we’re gonna be all in trouble."

Daniel Flores
15, Student

"My closest friends are Muslim. And some illegal ... And my godparents are illegal immigrants. They’ve been some of the best people my entire life … They’re some of the best human beings in the world — if I see them go because of this closed-minded bigot I’ll be pretty upset. So I’ll be psychologically affected if he becomes president. If Trump gets elected to be president — he will not be president, because guess what, the people will override him. We will get out. We will protest. We will go out, we will occupy, we will be civilly disobedient."

Wilhemina Perry
81, Retired Social Work Faculty

"Trump has created in the country an atmosphere of hate and negativity, and while I know that those currents exist, he has made it all right, he has made it appropriate to be hostile, and I think that’s wrong. Oh my god, if I were young I’d probably leave the country! I think what we’re gonna see is reduced social welfare programs, I think we’re gonna see a general cutback in terms of any liberal and progressive philosophy and policies, and that’s gonna be bad. And I think people want to in some way express that Trump does not represent America."

Theresa Curry
47, Receptionist

"He is sexist, he is racist, he is discriminatory. He’s looking out for only himself and the one percent, the top corporations, and that is not what America is. America is great because we are diverse. America is already great because we care about each other. We are people about people, we are not about a bottom line."

Jon Jette
58, Special Ed Teacher

"There needs to be more awareness and more opposition against people that preach hatred and racism and separatism and sexism in this country. If he gets into power, he’s talkin’ about doing some incredibly radical things that are reversing many of the civil rights that women have fought over for years, decades; minorities have fought over; immigrants have — this country was based on immigrants, and he’s anti-immigrant? He’s anti-everything, for that matter."

Jasmine Jette
19, Student

"Yeah, so I’m here with my dad, he just came down — he was originally supposed to come down to visit, and I said, “Oh, there’s a Trump rally — an anti-Trump rally, do you want to come?” And he said, “Yeah, absolutely!” We’ve been to a few rallies before, we’ve been to a Black Lives Matter rally and the People’s Climate March together. I have a lot of friends who are gay, and I have family members who are gay, and I’m gay myself; the Republicans are not really too friendly about them."

Joshua Lopez

"I like what I’m seeing here today. I’m seeing a lot of unity. I’m seeing a lot of all types of ethnicity and I’m seeing all types of different people: black, Latino, white, women, men, Muslim — everybody. All type of religion, all type of different type of people, walks of life. We can’t accept somebody like Donald Trump to run as president and win the GOP, because Donald Trump promotes hate. We need to stand up against that."

Anne Pruden
67, Social Worker

"How will I be affected if Trump wins? I may have to leave the country. I’ve been an activist since the ‘60s. I grew up in the South and went to a segregated all-white school for most of my years, and so maybe I feel even a little more strongly against the racism of his regime. I wish I could lock him up for his bigotry, or have rules against it. I’m sorry he gets any attention whatsoever. Solidarity is strengthening to all of us, and this will not be our last time to come out against injustice."

Cerxio Guerrero Noguez
18, Student

"When he entered the election, there’s so many people that went behind him, and that just shows the underlying bigotry and racism that still exists in America. And it’s honestly just terrifying for people of color, people of different religions, like Muslims — it’s just bad. And I feel like people still need to feel like there’s many people that are still against him, and he doesn’t represent America as a whole. Because at this point, he’s just embarrassing. At this point, I honestly don’t even know what to think of him or what he thinks."

Nathan Bates

"I mean, I shouldn’t have to say what he’d be saying if everybody’s watching the same thing I’m watching. I mean, it’s right here in front of our face. I mean, if we ain’t gonna stand up against him, then we ain’t gonna be nothing. I’m a person that came from the bottom. I’m trying to get to the top. And people like him is interfering for me to do that. We all out here supporting each other, I mean, if you look, this is the only time that people come together, so … it's a fucked-up situation that it’s like this, but this — it is what it is."

Holden Timblin
24, Student

"Donald Trump is creating hate. He’s creating problems within the communities, and that’s not right. I feel like if he wins the election, I feel like people really have made a big mistake. You know? I’m a person, I have little brothers, I have sisters, I have a family. You know? Just like you have a family. And I don’t believe Donald Trump is doing the right thing. I feel like he’s just doing this for the publicity. You know, to be in the limelight, because, I mean, other than that, who is Donald Trump? He was just a billionaire, you know?"

Nadir Carlson
23, Student

"If Trump wins, I want to be seen on the side against what he’s promoting, and that what he’s doing is more than just political talk. So political talk is about ideas and trying to promote what you think is best for the country, but what Trump is doing is trying to say that these people are to blame for our problems. And I just wanted to show to everyone that I’m against that. I’m from the Beloit area, right down by Janesville, and I feel like coming to Janesville is like coming to Beloit, and I want to just show this isn’t cool where I’m from."

Terry Sebero

"He’s a very smart man as far as making money. But as far as politics and the running of the country, I don’t think he has a clue. I think he thinks that he can buy his way through everything. And I don’t think he can do that. He has things that he wants to do away with that are basics for working people. He keeps saying that he supports working people. He’s very racially motivated — he says he’s not, but he is. He always has been, and he doesn’t always tell the truth. And you gotta base a lot of it on truth."

Ketzia Valadez
16, student

"I’m a Donald Trump protester. Like, I believe that no matter where we come from, we can all make America great. No matter where we came from, there’s no illegal immigrants. Yeah, my whole family, they were not born here, but they came for a good cause — to raise us and have a good education and to have good-paying jobs and everything. He says that we need to build a wall — like, there’s no need to build a wall. Like, we came here for a good cause, not to make America bad. You know?"

Jonée Avendanño

"I have family born not in America and I’m concerned; I don’t want to lose them. I don’t want my family to be deported. I don’t support hate, and I feel Trump supports hate and violence, and I’m just not for that. It’s a little bit scary to see all the people in line in support of him. I’m from Madison, so we don’t see this very often. People are more Bernie Sanders supporters in Madison. So I’m really not used to this dynamic, but it’s intimidating. I live in the lower class, and I just feel like Trump would kind of 'Trump' all of us out!"

Nick Kappos
35, Writer

"Two police officers came onto the bus, stopped the whole city bus with about eight people on it, asked everyone for their IDs, asked if they were going to the protest, because that bus line was going along here. They ran everyone’s IDs, they searched everyone’s bags, I guess my name came up as a likely protester. They pulled me off the bus, started interrogating me, started trying to — I don’t know if gaslighting’s the word, but they were saying, 'Are you irritated that we pulled you off the bus?' I was like, 'No, but I’m pretty surprised.' "

Sohaan Goss

"Let me ask somebody. To your viewers at home, to people watching this, how long do you think white supremacy can protect you? How long do you think your privilege can protect you? I’m standing, sir, I’m just talking.

How long do you think you can be protected? Your leader don’t give a fuck about you. Trump does not care about you. He only cares about himself. Period! He’s just dealin’ with minorities first.

Think about it. If I could put a fist up, I would right now."

Pamela Johnson
63, retired registered nurse

"It was important for me to come out tonight because I wanted to show everyone that this is Illinois, not Alabama. And even Alabama isn’t like this anymore, with a person who’s running to be leader of the free world who cannot unequivocally denounce David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan. I’m originally born and raised in Tunica, Mississippi; I lived it, OK? I lived it. So in 2016, for someone who’s running for president of the United States, leader of the free world, you can’t denounce David Duke and white supremacists — you kind of said “I disavow ‘em” with a wink and a nod — uh-uh. Not in this city, not in this state. ..."

Maria Hernandez
25, community organizer

"Well, I’m black and Mexican, so I’m trying to figure out which country Trump wants to deport me to. If Trump took the presidency, realistically, too many of my relatives would be in grave, like, physical danger. So I, I think the most immediate effect would be fear, would be even more terrible policing, would be even more inequity, probably the deportation of some of my cousins! And — I don’t think he’s gonna take it. I’ve seen a crowd of Trump supporters who are very upset at my black pride, but I’ve seen way more people who I organize with every day in Chicago, and who are fighting for justice. And they see that that fight happens right here."

Mark Haddad
18, student

"He says a lot of vulgar things, a lot of very racist things. And it really makes me question, like, what is it to be an American? I’ve seen a lot of people that just seem to support him, like, blindly. Blindly follow him. It’s just like — it’s almost, like, frightening. Being of Middle Eastern descent. Because I feel like they don’t want me here, I feel like they want me deported. I feel like I don’t belong here. In America. Even though this is the land of the free. And he doesn’t really portray that anymore. It kind of changes the American value."

Jenny Lawson
27, former Chicago Public Schools teacher

"Donald Trump is just going to abuse his power. With the immigration policies he has and how he deals with the Black Lives Matter protesters, and how he literally lets public television videotape him having his supporters beat them up, beat black people up, and, and he applauds those supporters who beat up the black people. So I think that’s just a small taste of something that, like — preview, I guess you could say, a preview of what would be happening if he’s gonna be president. Donald is a hateful person, and I do not want a hateful person in my city."

Steven Philip
26, Marine Corps veteran and student

"... people don’t know who you’re voting for. So you’ll stand right next to them in line, talking to somebody, laughing and joking, not knowing, you know — they make a Bernie or Hillary or, you know, a Trump joke, and they look at you funny. But it kind of shows, you know, even if you want to be, in your mind, focused on one person, they’re all the same. I’m still in — I still have one more year left in the Marine Corps, which is why, the reason that I came out is because whoever’s elected president is my next commander-in-chief, and I kind of want to know where they’re heading, where they’re taking us."

Kyra Harris
19, student

"Trump represents a lot of people in America. I think he cannot change anything, because America’s always been this way. Just a heartless place. And because of the people here who are unwilling to change. I just deal with it. Just — some good days, some bad days."

Petra Ford
36, photographer

"Trump is an embarrassment and a hazard to not only our country but the world, and I wanted to express my non-support of him. I think that strength in numbers is really the only way you can voice it, is by being here. A world where Trump is president, I can’t even wrap my head around that. I think it’s — our whole world would be in trouble. It’s just — I mean, he is everything that I stand against, too. Women’s rights, I’m worried about what he would do with that; immigration — I can’t imagine that he would do anything positive at all, and I think that any good relations we have with the rest of the world would be extinguished pretty quickly, so."

Julia Lopez
60, student

"I don’t think he’s going to be president ever. No. I’m sure of that. People are smarter than, you know, than Donald Trump thinks. You know, people that’s not going to vote for him. He has — he has some followers, but he’s not going to be president. I know that for sure. I’m here to raise my voice against racism. I don’t want people like Trump being president."

John Turn
36, truck driver

"I feel Trump’s prejudiced. Against all. Won’t be a good world if he comes in the White House. Oh, I think everyone’d be affected. He already — most of his rallies he’s been in, he already showed us he’s racial, you know, and just living-wise, he wants to send these peoples back over here, these people back over this way. Nothing positive about this dude. Nothing. There’s nothing positive about him. Take a look around, like, he’s — I just don’t — it’s not good for him, at all. To get in the White House. At all."

LaShonda Lewis
22, staffing agency employee

"Trump doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would sympathize with the minorities. As for myself, I’m a lower — I would dare to say almost poor African-American female, and I don’t think that he’d see too kindly to that. We shouldn’t be supporting a man who wants to put up a wall and border people from coming into a country they have the legal right to be in. Refugees and everyone, they deserve to be here."

Christian Agbabiaka
19, student

"I feel like it was important just to see Trump for what he is, just, like, to experience it. Because it’s one thing seeing it on the news, and one thing hearing about it, but I feel like seeing it in person and being in the atmosphere is really important as well. Even now, with Trump just running, a lot of people are being able to express their negative attitudes towards people of color and minorities, and that itself is pretty scary, because he hasn’t even been elected. He hasn’t even won the primaries yet. It’s just, people are seeing him as a representative for all of their ideas, and they’re following him and doing whatever they feel is best."

Christian Bedolla
13, student

"I don’t like him at all. I’m Mexican myself, and I think he’s very racist towards the Mexican people, with his wanting to build a wall to close us in, and I don’t think that’s right."

Marla Stamps
19, student

"Today it was important for me to come here, because I’m against Trump and what he believes in. Trump is against legalization of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and I don’t think that’s right. Everyone should be legal, everyone is equal. And I think he’s preaching moreso hate than he is of peace and equality. So far I’ve seen a lot of people who are against Trump and a lot of people who are actually for him, and the people that are against him are really dedicated and are very, like, just driven, just to stop him and stop what he’s doing."

Michael Childers
35, salesperson

"... I’m not surprised, I’m not surprised at all. You know, I’m really happy about this. Like, this is great. He’s weak! And I think that maybe he doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. You know, I think that he’s got a perspective from a certain demographic, but he doesn’t necessarily have a holistic perspective of what it means to represent America in totality. To me, this is his rhetoric, and his tones and his dog whistles are so easy to detect. I don’t really understand how he’s garnering so much support from so many people."

Amira Daoud
30, student

"Donald Trump does nothing except incite violence and bigotry. I am a Muslim; I wear a headscarf; and I know that I probably wouldn’t be safe walking down the street knowing that he’s president, saying that he hates Muslims and Islam hates America. I was born and raised here, I am a Muslim, and I love my country. And I don’t want to feel unsafe walking down the street. His slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but he is doing nothing except bringing out the worst in people and just making our country bad, is what he’s doing."

Mark Anderson
57, retired attorney

"Trump is not what America is about. Because America’s about inclusion, diversity, and — and love. And, you know, we need more people from the rest of the world, I mean, people from Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, that’s what made America great, and if we stop letting in immigrants, then we’re not America anymore, and we’re not great anymore. Well, I used to be active in politics, but I haven’t for the last several years, but this was just too important to stay home. Because we can’t go down the road to fascism. That’s a real, a real risk in America, and we just, we’ve got to stop this guy. Honestly, I think he’s an opportunist who doesn’t believe this stuff, but he’s unleashed a dark force in America, and he can’t control it. The darker side of America — anti-immigrant, racial hostility, things like that. There’s a bigger world out there than me and my family and my friends, and all Americans are in this together."

Josue Pasillas
20, student

"My opinion of Donald Trump hasn’t changed since the first day he announced. He will not be our president, he shouldn’t be our president. I think we needed to show Donald Trump and his supporters what Chicago’s all about. We’re not xenophobes, we’re not homophobes, we’re not racists. This — this is what Chicago is. We told Donald Trump, “You’re not welcome here.” He is a racist xenophobe, a homophobe that doesn’t belong in the White House. People are being mobilized. Donald Trump mobilizing minorities, young voters — I think we’re gonna make sure that he’s not president."