PALM BEACH GARDENS — Aspiring to be the liberal answer to the tea party movement, dozens of demonstrators showed up outside Sen. Marco Rubio‘s office this morning to protest President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet picks and his executive order halting travel from seven nations.
About 60 people were waving signs along PGA Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. Some of them met with a Rubio staffer to express their concerns.
Their signs targeted at least six of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, White House senior adviser Steve Bannon and Trump’s executive order halting refugee admissions to the U.S. and visits from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Robb Allan, an investor from Palm Beach, helped organize the event as part of a group called Indivisibles. Amanda Kopacz of Boynton Beach also helped organize through a group called Florida Action Network, which she said recently changed its name from Rise Up because other groups were already using that name.
Both described this morning’s demonstration as part of a national effort put together by MoveOn.org and other groups.
“These groups are starting everywhere spontaneously and we’re all just beginning to discover each other and participate,” said Allan.
“All of this for us is an outgrowth of a handbook that was written by a group of congressional staffers right after the election about how to be the left-wing tea party,” Allan said.