CHICAGO (CBS) — About 200 women gathered outside Trump International Hotel and Tower on Tuesday to protest Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on his own Chicago turf.
Chanting “GOP, hands off me,” the protesters said they don’t like the way Trump treats women, and made it clear their voices would be heard here and now, and at the voting booth in November.
Many protesters held up graphic signs referencing Trump’s infamous comments in a 2005 interview, in which he bragged about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.
“When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” Trump said in a conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
Some of the signs held up at the protest included an acronym for “Chicago United, Never Trump,” “My V has a vendetta against the GOP,” “A Sexual Predator Cannot Be President,” and “P—- Grabs Back.”
“I’m a woman. I count. You’re not entitled to any piece of me, especially my body, and I’m going to show you that at the polls on November 8th,” protest organizer Alicia Swiz said.
Across the street from the protesters, the message was very different. A handful of Trump supporters shouted out what they want for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, chanting “lock her up.”
“Hillary Clinton steals to win this election. She’s trying to steal this election from Donald Trump, and it won’t work. We’re out here to show that there’s support, even in Chicago,” Suzanne Monk said.
Some of the Trump supporters also took aim at Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and others held up signs claiming Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.