WASHINGTON — With attendees of the Women’s March on Washington packed onto the National Mall and the original march route along Independence Avenue, some protesters made their way to Pennsylvania Avenue in order to march past Trump International Hotel toward the White House.
As the marchers made their way uptown Saturday afternoon, they broke out in chants like “Thanks, Obama” and “Yes we can!”
Carole Shapiro, who came to the march from Long Island, New York, with her daughter, told TPM as she walked toward Trump International Hotel that she felt it was “time to take a stand” and that she was “thrilled” to be part of the march.
“This is a black cloud hanging over our country,” she said of Trump’s election.
The crowd grew especially loud as they passed the luxury hotel. Marchers began yelling chants like “Shame,” “Lock him up” and “We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter.”
Jenna Pendleton, 24, came up from Pennsylvania with two of her co-workers, and she ended up stopped in front of the hotel.
“We really came down to let the nation and the government know that we’re not happy with Donald Trump and everything he stands for,” she told TPM.
Protesters appeared to have to turn around as they approached the White House, and so attendees began to head uptown instead. Attendees blocked traffic far from the march’s point of origin, leaving some drivers stuck as they navigated through downtown D.C.