FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hundreds gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of the old Historic Courthouse here this afternoon, part of an event called the Hunterdon Emergency Rally to Oppose President Trump’s #MuslimBan.

Many passersby on busy Main Street honked their horns and gave signs of thumbs-up in support, although a few Trump supporters carrying banners were also part of the crowd.

The crowd shouted chants including, “This is what democracy looks like” and, “We are the popular vote.”

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The event was organized by a group called Progressive Hunterdon Democrats. The protest follows President Trump’s  Executive Order banning entry for 90 days from seven majority-Muslim countries, his suspension of the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, and the suspension of the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.

A brief introduction by resident Joey Novick was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, recognition of the military veterans in attendance, and a reading of the Langston Hughes poem Let America be America, recited by Flemington resident Audrey Jackson.

Other scheduled speakers included Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker; Alexa Offenhauer of the Hunterdon Anti-Racism Coalition; Alexi Velez of the state chapter of the ACLU; Emam Yaser Elmenshawy of the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County; county teacher’s union vice president Marie Corfield; and Kevin Leach, who is the Hunterdon Central High School senior class president.

There were no indications of violence or threats. Police monitored the event from a distance, frequently passing the crowd in a patrol car.