Protesters aim to target GOP lawmakers as they leave Philly

Protesters gather at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on Jan. 27, 2017.

Protesters aimed to target lawmakers as they left the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia on Friday, demonstrating at 30th Street Station but ultimately not confronting any legislators.

A contingent of demonstrators gathered at the transit hub aiming to give the lawmakers "a good-old-Philadelphia sendoff" from the retreat. The legislators had been meeting at the Loews hotel on Market Street for three days; protests filled the streets Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday, when President Trump addressed the group.

A couple hundred protesters gathered inside the station for the late-morning protest, which was starting to disperse by about noon.

"We'll show Trump and the Republicans exactly what Philadelphia's going to do every time he comes here," a woman yelled into a megaphone.

The legislators, however, were believed to be leaving Philadelphia without entering the center of the station and crossing paths with the protesters. 

"Everything this week is a sign these people don't want to talk to the people whose lives they make decisions about," said Arielle Klagsbrun, 27, one of the organizers.

She called on protesters to call the office of Sen. Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.) and speak out against Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary.

"We in Philly know how disastrous she will be for our children," she said.

Maddox, 8, Jaxon, 7, and Alexa Rosenblatt, 4, all of Lafayette Hill, attend their first political protest. They got to choose their sign messages. DAVID MURRELL / Staff

Amanda Kindler, 36, of Philadelphia, said she was protesting a "big conglomeration of issues" at the event.

"Our president is unacceptable," she said.