Hundreds of protesters and their supporters bearing signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Love, Tolerance, Unity” marched through New Hope toward the Delaware River and nearby Lambertville, N.J., beginning around 6 p.m. Saturday.
The marchers, who appeared to number around 150, proceeded across the New Hope-Lambertville Free Bridge to Main Street in Lambertville, N.J., where they were again met by supporters lining the streets.
“It was a very spur of the moment event,” explained organizer Sarah Bergenfield of New Hope. “I was just feeling so miserable about the result, and I thought I might feel better if I marched. So I posted the idea on Facebook and within a couple of hours people shared the event and responded very positively.
“My husband and kids were involved,” she continued. “They made posters and led the walk. We’re all shocked and saddened by what happened. It’s easy for people to simplify it by saying we’re sore losers, but it’s not about that.”
New Hope police were on scene, and helped keep traffic disruption to a minimum during what was a peaceful and orderly demonstration.
“We were notified through social media that this event was planned two days before it took place,” said a spokesperson for the New Hope Police Department. “The Solebury Police, New Hope Borough Police, New Jersey State Police and Lambertville City Police all worked in concert to provide for the safety of those individuals involved in the procession.”
The march began at the Giant Food Store, 6542 Logan Square on U.S. Route 202 in Solebury, and headed north on Route 202 until reaching Route 179 (West Bridge Street), police confirmed.
“The eastbound lane through New Hope Borough was closed, and the procession used this part of the roadway,” said New Hope police. “At the Free Bridge, the procession was asked to move to the walkway so the bridge could remain open. The people involved in the procession were orderly, obeyed our wishes as to staying in the lane designated, and moved at a quick pace.
“The intersection of Bridge and Main [streets] was closed for maybe five minutes as the procession moved from the street to the walkway across the bridge,” added the police official. “There were no incidents to report as a result of this event.”
“It felt good to march on Saturday in opposition to the things Trump has stood for throughout his campaign,” said participant Corey Glaser of Lambertville. “I have always believed in putting love before fear and hatred, so the message of the march resonated deeply with me”
A witness said that at one point traffic was backed up from Main Street in New Hope to the McDonald’s restaurant at Sugan Road and West Bridge Street.