Politics & Government

Liberals hope their Tax Day anti-Trump protest will overwhelm the nation

A group of protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington.
A group of protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington. AP

Twenty-seven progressive groups said in a Thursday news release provided to McClatchy that they would join a planned Tax Day protest of President Donald Trump, as liberal activists prepare for what might be the biggest demonstration against the White House occupant since the Women’s March on Washington in January.

The April 15 march – which organizers say will take place in more than 100 cities with tens of thousands of participants – was initially designed to protest Trump’s decision not to release his tax returns.

Participants now say they’re also planning to demand changes to the country’s economic system, which they think favors the rich at the expense of the poor.

“Our current tax system plays a central role in putting more and more wealth and power in the hands of Wall Street and billionaires, while starving our nation’s ability to invest in our people and our future,” said Heather McGhee, president of Demos, one of the liberal groups joining the protest.

“Now Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are trying to make matters worse with even bigger tax cuts in favor of the wealthiest Americans,” McGhee said. “We demand that our leaders build a tax system that ensures that corporations and the wealthy finally pay their fair share and that generates the revenues necessary for our nation to thrive by investing in our shared public structures and in our people.”

In addition to the think tank Demos, Change.org, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and 23 other groups are joining the April 15 march. Organizers say the main protest, in Washington, will start at the U.S. Capitol, head to the nearby Trump hotel and make its way to the Internal Revenue Service.

Mass protests have become a feature of Trump’s presidency, spearheaded by liberal activists who deeply oppose the president’s policies. The most notable of these, the Women’s March on Washington, occurred a day after Trump’s inauguration.

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