Last month, 83% of U.S. protests were against Trump
One of the professor of political science, has collaborated with Erica Chenoweth from the University of Denver to create a tally that has given us a useful pool of information to better understand political mobilization in the United States. With 834 protests, demonstrations, strikes, marches, sit-ins and rallies in the United States tallied for August, and hundreds of thousands participants, Pressman’s data shows that the month saw a notable increase in people protesting compared with July.
Nevertheless, we think our tally gives us a useful pool of information to better understand political mobilization in the United States — particularly how reports of crowds change from month to month. In this case, we estimate that August 2017 saw a notable increase in people protesting compared with July, during which we observed between 85,837 and 108,344 people participating in crowds.
Who demonstrated against and for what in August?
Charlottesville and its aftermath
The most prominent August protests were the events at Charlottesville on Aug. 11 and 12, sparked by the city’s efforts to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. On Aug. 12, one person drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Before the attack, the man identified by police as the car’s driver had been marching with Vanguard America.
The opposition to Trump
Resistance against the Trump administration continued to drive most protests. We estimate that 82.7 percent of the events we recorded were opposing Trump’s policies, a higher percentage of events than in July. About 62 percent overall were explicitly anti-Trump while another 21 percent overall took stances on issues that contradict those of the president.
The support for Trump
About 10.6 percent of the events we recorded were rallies supporting the president and his policies, either directly or indirectly. As a share of events, last month’s total increased almost four percentage points over July.
Neither for nor against Trump
The final 6.6 percent of the crowds were involved in actions directed at other politicians or about issues that were neither pro- nor anti-Trump.
How many people were arrested and/or injured in political crowds?
The numbers of people arrested dropped from 585 in July to 251 in August, with at least 130 (about 53 percent) of those August arrests coming in 11 cases of nonviolent civil disobedience. In addition to the death of Heyer on Aug. 12, we counted 111 injuries.