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Anti-Trump protesters form 'wall' to keep out intolerance

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:12

Protesters draped in fabric resembling bricks march on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention, mocking Republican nominee Donald Trump's call for a wall on the border with Mexico. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: About 150 protesters marched hand-in-hand on Wednesday (July 20) near the venues housing the four-day Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, forming a wall of people draped in canvass decorated to look like bricks. The protesters called on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop his idea to temporarily ban the entry of Muslims into the United States and to build a border wall with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants. Protesters sang and chanted, "Wall off Trump," as they moved toward Cleveland's Public Square. "We've heard Donald Trump call for a wall to separate families, to double down on racist policies, about the border and about locking more people of color up across the country. And we're here. He asked for a wall, we'll give him a wall. But we'll give him a wall that stops racism, stops bigotry, stands against Islamaphobia, stands against transphobia and fear of queer people. We'll build a wall, but we'll build a wall that contains bigotry and hatred and stands for love and justice," said Pete Woiwode, who traveled from California to protest. "I'm supporting a wall against hatred, against violence. I'm supporting a wall against torture, I'm supporting a wall against injustice. And I'm trying to say, and the people that I'm with are trying to say that we're supporting a vision of the world that includes love, peace, justice, human rights, systemic transformation, right?" said Cleveland native Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez. Trump kicked off his campaign last year saying Mexico was sending rapists and drug dealers across the U.S. border, and he proposed building a wall to stop them. He has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants to shore up national security and suggested an Indiana-born federal judge was unable to hear a lawsuit against his Trump University venture because the judge is of Mexican descent. The New York businessman's positions have angered minority groups, liberals, Democrats, and even some Republicans, who have called them racist, divisive and callous. A veteran of the U.S. war in Vietnam, Elliott Adams, and a handful of his fellow veterans also participated in the march. "He's just profiteering off of hate and fear, rather than believing in a strong nation -- the strong nation that we are, a nation where we care about each other, people can work together," Adams said of Trump. Among black, Hispanic and Asian voters polled in the first 15 days of July, 70 percent supported Clinton while 9 percent supported Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Over that time, 45 percent of all likely voters supported Clinton and 34 percent supported Trump. Trump became his party's official nominee to the presidency on Tuesday (July 19) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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Anti-Trump protesters form 'wall' to keep out intolerance

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:12