Hundreds of rain-soaked demonstrators, some with children on their shoulders, marched down Fourth Avenue South Saturday to advocate for undocumented immigrants while Donald Trump used violent imagery to characterize them as dangerous during an event at Rocketown.
While Trump addressed "anchor babies" and building a wall at the Mexican border, rally leaders beat on bucket drums while the crowd circled the building chanting, "Who are we? Tennessee" and "Racism has got to go."
The rally was organized by a coalition of social justice groups led by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Workers' Dignity. Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of TIRRC, said about 400 people attended.
While Teatro insisted the rally was aimed at combating the "ugly turn in the conversation about immigrants" for many of the presidential candidates, not just Trump, some of the demonstrators' signs specifically targeted him.
"In God we trust," one sign read, "Trump is a disgust."
Yeah I know these protesters are not exactly the GOP base, but they DO vote and they DO have a political presence.
And besides 400 protesters is nothing to sneeze at in Tennessee as it really does not get much more Republican than there.
Just imagine the reception Trump might receive in a state which is colored not quite such a dark shade of red.