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Trump elected, Casar rallies

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

City Council Member Greg Casar is not taking the election of Donald Trump to the White House sitting down. Early Wednesday afternoon, hours after Trump’s shocking upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton had settled in, Casar blasted out a statement of defiance against the racist rhetoric and demeanor of the Republican president-elect. “We’re going to fight back,” Casar said. “We’re going to fight back against any and all of Trump’s policies and politics of fear and hate and division in our city. We’re going to take care of one another. We’re not going to stand by and let Donald Trump harm any of our families — any of them.” To put action behind his words, Casar appeared at an impromptu protest march that snaked from the University of Texas campus to downtown Austin and back. Hundreds of mostly young people tramped down Lavaca Street and Congress Avenue, filling the urban canyons with derisive chants aimed at Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric. “In Austin, we’re not just going to resist through protest. We’re also going to resist by being a powerful example of effective government,” Casar said in his statement. “Trump will not bring solutions to our community. We will.”

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