Socialist Workers Party plans anti-Trump protests

Protests in Glasgow are being planned following Donald Trump’s win in Tuesday’s US election.


Protests in Glasgow are being planned following Donald Trump’s win in Tuesday’s US election.

The protests were announced at the Glasgow branch of the Socialist Workers Party meeting last night.

SWP set up the event to gather those against the Republican president to discuss how to protest his win.

At the event, ‘Why did Trump win?’, Glaswegians expressed their outrage at the results of the US election.

Sean Cumming, one of the organisers of the meeting, said the party put on the event for members and non-members because it is a “global political issue that affects people in Scotland too.”

He added: “The situation has been terrible for a lot of people in America and it is only going to get worse.

“In Scotland we can delegitimise Trump by protesting against him. These protests will probably take place over the next few weeks.

“The decision has a direct impact worldwide. It emboldens racism in Scotland as well by giving people here confidence and acceptance of their racist ideas.”

Stephen Rankin from Glasgow has been organising Trump protests since the beginning of the election process, including one at George Square on Sunday with Scottish comedian Janey Godley.

He thinks the failing of Obama is a big part of why Trump won the election.

He said: “People wanted to vote against the establishment.”

“America is a global superpower meaning Trump’s win has a significant impact on the rest of the world, especially Scotland.”

“The things Trump has done in Scotland already like sending people off their land to build golf courses are terrible, and it’s only going to get worse as he gets more power.”

Scots for Trump believe the Glasgow protests will have no impact.

A spokesman said: “These protests are pointless because Trump has already been elected.

“I don’t think shouting about it on the streets will be very effective.”

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