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Protesters to 'Occupy' Lafayette Park Against Trump for Third Night

"People are looking for a vehicle to voice their opposition,” an organizer told News4

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    Michael Avenatti addresses a crowd outside the White House in an anti-Trump protest Tuesday night.

    Protests dubbed #OccupyLafayettePark are set to occur outside the White House for a third night on Wednesday.

    Starting Monday, demonstrators decried President Donald Trump's comments on Russian meddling and U.S. elections. 

    The demonstrations just north of the White House were organized by Clinton political adviser Adam Parkhomenko and former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines, Parkhomenko told News4. 

    "People are looking for a vehicle to voice their opposition,” Parkhomenko said. “I think people are tired of this, and they’re coming out and making their voice heard.” 


    A 13-member mariachi band is expected to be at the protest Wednesday, which starts at 8 p.m. Parkhomenko said on Twitter that he spoke with someone by phone about the performance.

    "I just got off the phone with an individual who is the coordinator of Mariachi bands and his first question was…Your primary goal is volume right? Yep," he wrote.

    On Tuesday, protesters banged pots and pans, used bullhorns and carried signs that read “Don the Con, Putin’s Pawn.” Large orange letters with LED lights lit up the word “Liar," as demonstrators chanted “shame,” “traitor” and “lock him up.”

    Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer in a suit against the president, spoke at the protest. 

    “It has long been clear to many of us that this president lacks the intelligence, the compassion, the heart, the fortitude and the competence to be president of the United States,” Avenatti said at the protest, video shows. “But never before has that become more clear than it was [Monday] in Helsinki, standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin, one of the staunchest enemies of the United States, and choosing him and Russia over us.”

    Actress Alyssa Milano participated in the demonstration and urged the crowd to vote and volunteer in the midterm elections.

    “Wherever you’re from, you go and you volunteer in a campaign office. You volunteer in these districts. You turn this around for our country," she said on video. 

    At Monday's summit in Helsinki, Trump spoke highly of Putin and said he didn't see any reason that Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. 

    On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke. 

    "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia'" instead of "why it would," the president said. 

    It was this statement that sparked the protests, Parkhomenko said.

    Demonstration organizers are unclear on how long the protests could last.

    "There were a couple hundred people out last night," Parkhomenko said. "In Ukraine, it happened for months. Not knowing where this would go, we kind of decided to just do day one, day two and day three."

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