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.”
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.