The NAACP is encouraging protests against President Donald Trump outside Monday’s college football national championship game in Atlanta, which Trump is expected to attend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Trump has made a terrible decision and is disrupting [the game] with his presence,” the NAACP’s Atlanta chapter declared in a Sunday Facebook post. “We respect those who choose to [protest], and we fully expect some groups who will be protesting outside the game.”
“We are presently working with a number of civil rights/social justice organizations and we will share additional plans as appropriate,” the group added.
Although the Atlanta NAACP claimed it will not officially participate in any protest outside the game, it vowed, “We will not let the president’s visit go without a response.”
The group encouraged supporters attending the game to bring white towels to wave while Trump is in the stadium. The effect is intended to simulate a blizzard.
“Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm,” the group declared on Twitter.
The Atlanta NAACP also plans to create a “Twitter storm” starting around 6 p.m. and continuing through the end of the game. They say they will use the hashtag #AllTrumpsLies to point out what they claim are lies Trump has told.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported the group Refuse Fascism ATL promised to “take a knee against Trump” outside CNN’s world headquarters just before kickoff in a show of support for all the athletes who have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Trump’s decision to attend Monday’s national title game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium led to changes in security plans, with Atlanta police working with the Secret Service to craft a security strategy.
Police said they will set up several designated protest areas and won’t interfere unless protesters break the law, according to the AP.
Trump’s trip to the game also forced him to postpone his “Fake News Awards,” which he initially said he would reveal Monday night.