Ahead of former President Donald Trump’s appearance at the American Freedom Tour’s Austin stop, numerous far-left groups are planning protests that will march to the convention center where the event is taking place.
On May 14, Trump as well as a number of other conservative guest speakers will be making a stop on the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center.
One of these protests, called “Trump Ain’t Welcome in Austin,” tells protestors to show up to the convention center to tell Trump and event attendees that they, as the name suggests, “ain’t welcome in our city.”
“Two years after his failed coup attempt, Trump remains a free man, touring the country to drum up support for hatred, brutality, and his pathetic political career. The ‘American Freedom Tour’ is coming to the Austin Convention Center, May 14, 8:30AM-5PM. As it’s ending, come tell the parasitic treasonous moron and his addled fans that they ain’t welcome in our city,” the protests description states.
“Bring anti-Trump, anti-racist, anti-fascist, patriotic, pro-gay, pro-trans, pro-immigrant, and pro-choice banners and signs! Bring your friends! BYOG,” it adds, describing that the acronym means “bring your own guillotine.”
The protest’s Facebook page also features photo with the phrase “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum,” which comes from the Margaret Atwood novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
As Vanity Fair describes, “It’s a made-up phrase in mock Latin—a schoolboy’s joke, as it’s explained in both the novel and the series. If it were a real phrase, it would roughly translate to ‘don’t let the bastards grind you down.'”
Another protestor wrote on Twitter that while making signs for a “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest, she discovered that Trump would be in town the same day.
“Gotta double up on the protest signs,” she wrote.
The Bans Off Our Bodies protest is being put on by Planned Parenthood Texas, and will take place just blocks away from the Austin Convention Center where the American Freedom Tour is taking place.
“Planned Parenthood Texas Votes invites you to join these efforts during this moment of crisis. It is necessary to act now, all across the country, not only to demonstrate that people support abortion access, but to show that we won’t back down,” Planned Parenthood wrote.
The Planned Parenthood protest is part of a nationwide “day of action,” with a national event occurring in Washington DC, as well as smaller events in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and other US cities.
Planned Parenthood also states on their website that they are offering free bus rides from Dallas, Waco, Houston, and Fort Worth to Austin for those interested in coming for the protest.
Also occurring on Saturday within the Texas city is the “Rally for Reproductive Rights,” which will start just across the street from the Planned Parenthood protest, and march down East Cesar Chavez Street to the Austin Convention Center.
The protest is a joint effort between The Coalition Austin, a student-run “social justice group,” and TX4Abortion, a pro-abortion group.
“On May 14th, as others rise up for abortion rights across the country and Donald Trump and other vicious Republican fascists will be gathered at the Austin Convention Center – the same fascists fueling this patriarchal rampage on our rights – we will take our stand. Abortion on Demand Without Apology! We refuse to let the Supreme Court decimate our rights! Post Roe? Hell no!” the group wrote on Instagram.
“And these Republi-fascists need to GTFO!” they added.
Widespread protests have sparked off nationwide after Politico published a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that a majority of the court’s justices would vote to overturn Roe v Wade.