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They want Trump gone. Dozens are hoping Marco Rubio will lead the way

Protesters belonging to 'RISE UP AMERICA' and 'MOVEON.ORG' demonstrate in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Doral office on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. They want Rubio to stand up to Trump on his cabinet picks and Trump’s recent order denying entry into the United States from people coming from seven Muslim counties.
Protesters belonging to 'RISE UP AMERICA' and 'MOVEON.ORG' demonstrate in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Doral office on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. They want Rubio to stand up to Trump on his cabinet picks and Trump’s recent order denying entry into the United States from people coming from seven Muslim counties. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

With posters that read “Remove the POTUS,” dozens of protesters gathered outside U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral Tuesday and chanted “Stop Trump’s Swamp Cabinet,” as cars honked along Northwest 36th Street.

“To see a person of such little intellect in a leadership role and failing badly makes me sick; it makes us all fail,” said Palmetto Bay’s John Taylor, 73. “I am asking that Rubio make moves to remove [Trump]. Somebody has to step up and save this nation, save this democracy.”

Some posters read “How about appointees that actually qualified?” while others sported signs with the names “Rick Perry, Steve Mnuchin, Jeff Sessions, Scott Pruitt and Betsy DeVos” with a giant “X” crossed through them. All were nominated for cabinet positions by Trump.

Other signs said #NoWall #NoBan.

“We are here to hold our senator accountable, and to call him out to vote for his conscience before party and his personal interests,” said organizer Roberta Alba, who volunteers with the local community organization, Move Forward South Florida.

Rubio’s press secretary, Matt Wolking, emailed a statement to a Herald reporter later in the day: “The leftwing [sic] extremists at Move.On org and their paid protestors are entitled to express their opinions, and like all presidents, Trump is entitled to nominate his cabinet.’’

The next day, Alba fired back in an email to the Herald in response to the senator’s statement: “None of us is a “paid” protester. That is a lie, perpetrated by right wing extremists to de-legitimize any effort by volunteers who have jobs, careers and businesses, to stand up for what we hold dear in our increasingly fragile democracy.”

Also at the protest were about five Trump supporters.

“I am hoping to remind our senator to support our president and whatever endeavors he may have, to not become an obstructionist like the rest, for him to put our priorities in line,” said Alida Rivero of Miami. “Let’s get on with things.”

Alba said protesters will meet outside Rubio’s office every Tuesday “until we are able to meet and speak with the Senator face to face.”

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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