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A few days after the election, Michael Moore called for a nation-wide movement to oppose Donald Trump's presidency:
The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don't tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority.
It's been exactly a week since the election, and I've covered half-a-dozen protests against Trump in the DC area - mostly organized by college students and labor unions. But today's protest was something different. It's exactly along the lines of what Michael Moore was calling for.
It was high school and middle school students - upwards of 6,000 by one organizer's estimate - who flooded the streets of the nation's capital today, storming down Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall after walking out of class at noon. The energy was relentless. It took a lot of running to keep up - my pedometer clocked 6 miles of marching by the end.
"People will say we did this just to skip school - no, we walked almost 4 hours," one of the protesters said by the time the walkout concluded at the White House. They marched past the Trump Hotel, Capitol, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, all the while barely losing people among their ranks, and cheered on by bystanders, tourists, and even Capitol Hill staffers on the balcony of the Cannon House Office Building.
The energy only appears to keep growing. Word on the street is that Washington could see record-setting crowds on Inauguration Day - but it's the protests which could be the record setters this time.
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