There was a bout of silence among the protesters when a man shouted “Go Trump” as he passed by. Exclaiming a meagre whoop, he scurried away from the crowd not noticing that one of them had given him the finger as he went.
Feet shuffled and scarves were adjusted against the blistering breeze before the group turned their attention back to their speaker. Raw, pink fingers clutched handmade signs that read ‘Resist Trump, resist racism.’
TD Richard Boyd Barrett had been addressing the crowd outside the US embassy since six o’clock. Megaphone in hand, he shouted above the passerby and continued his speech, ignoring the interruption.
“Donald Trump is not just a threat to America,” he said, “he is a threat to all Muslims. He is a threat to every member of the LGBT community, every woman, every minority. He is a threat to the entire world.”
Approximately fifty people came to the US embassy on Thursday evening to protest Trump’s recent win in the Presidential election.
Americans and Irish alike arrived in their twos and threes wielding banners, posters, and bodhráns. The drums banged to the beat of chants like “Donald Trump, go away. Racist, sexist, anti-gay,” and “The American people are under attack, stand up and fight back.”
A couple of black cocker spaniels lay side by side on the grass, unperturbed by the excitement unfolding above them. Every few minutes their owner would tuck her sign under her arm to bend over and scratch the underside of their bellies.
Barrett was joined by other members of People Before Profit, the United Against Racism Campaign, and the ROSA group. They clustered around him hopping from foot to foot in the cold, waiting for their turn on the megaphone.
“We stand with every woman in protest of Trump’s election,” said ROSA’s Laura Fitzgerald.
She told the crowd that Trump’s proposal to overturn Roe v. Wade, the monumental Supreme Court case that legalised abortion in the US, meant that every woman in America was in danger. Fitzgerald likened the potential criminalisation of American women who have abortions to Ireland’s current reproductive laws.
“We stand in solidarity with these women. Trump is the one that should be locked up.”
Her words were met with roaring applause that led to another chant. “The people united will never be divided” carried all the way to the Embassy Grill across the road. Those waiting on bags of chips peered out through the fogged up glass to see what was happening on the other side of the street.
A car stuck in traffic beside the rally began beeping loudly. One by one, the crowd turned to see what the commotion was about, maybe expecting to see another Trump supporter shouting from inside the vehicle.
The wind whipped their frozen faces as they watched a young boy fist pumping from the backseat. Smiles broke out on chapped lips as they realised that he was chanting alongside them.