Saying she felt somewhat helpless and lost, artist Cat Palmer decided to organize a protest Sunday on the south lawn of the Utah Capitol ahead of President Donald Trump’s Monday visit, hoping to provide an outlet for people who feel their voices aren’t being represented by the nation’s leaders.
Her message: “Go Home Trump,” spelled out by 113 protesters dressed in white jumpsuits.
Palmer said she organized the rally after encouragement from Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City.
“We don’t have somebody representing our voices right now, right? That’s a problem. Sometimes when we feel helpless we make art hoping our voices will be heard,” Palmer said. “It’s an outlet for people. It’s therapeutic ... because we are feeling lost right now.”
Palmer’s protest comes a day after thousands of Utahns gathered at the state Capitol in support of Bears Ears and Grand Escalante national monuments, both of which face drastic reductions by the Trump administration.