Today, as Donald Trump prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, Floridians from Tampa to Miami joined NextGen Climate and For Florida’s Future to send a simple message: “Dump Trump.”
The events held today in downtown Tampa, at Miami’s Freedom Tower, at Trump’s Doral Golf Course and Trump’s Sunny Isle Palace and International properties, were part of a nationwide day of action joining thousands of Americans and dozens of simultaneous events across the country to stand against the looming nominee’s dangerous and hate-filled agenda.
“Going backwards is unacceptable. Donald Trump wants to drag us back to a past when racial injustice and bigotry were commonplace and acceptable,” said NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer. “But we believe our democracy is best powered by inclusion, not division. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we work together to promote a grassroots democracy and stop Trump.”
NextGen Climate Florida Super PAC is run by Steyer, the California-based former hedge fund manager named 352nd on the Forbes magazine list of richest Americans. The group was increasingly active during the 2014 Florida election cycle, raising millions to oppose the re-election of Gov. Rick Scott.
Thursday’s day of action was among several protests held across the country, including one in Iowa, where a group of about 20 people gathered to chant slogans such as, “No more coal, no more oil, keep your carbon in the soil.”
One of the goals of the Iowa rally was to boost voter registration, with several volunteers on hand to register citizens.
A volunteer at the Iowa protest, Iowa City resident Ben Craighton, told the Daily Iowan that although many people he knew were apolitical: those “supportive of Trump because they aren’t aware of his policies or ideology.”