Protesters lined broad street in the city’s Fairmount section, making their voices loud and clear.
“We want to know who’s in there…we want to know so we can expose them. They’re a bunch of traitors to our community,” said Assa Khalif, a leader of the Philadelphia Black Lives Matter movement.
Folks gathered at Broad and Brown Streets after hearing Donald Trump met behind closed doors with some officials in the Philadelphia African American community at the View Banquet Hall.
“What he’s doing is not outreach to black people. What he’s doing is continued outreach to his same small group of pools supporters that he used to win the primaries,” said Malcolm Kenyatta.
Kenyatta was a delegate for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
“He didn’t come do a rally at the Liacouras Center or come to one of our other big venues because he knows that it would be shut down and he knows that he will be called out for his rhetoric,” he said.
But others, like Paula Peebles had strong words for the leaders who agreed to meet with Trump.
“How much did he pay them?…he’s using their banquet hall…how much did he pay them?”
Inside the meeting, leaders thought the session with the republican nominee was eventful.
“We talked about how Mr. Trump wants to become the President of the United States of America and ‘Make America Great Again,'” said James Jones, a Republican running for PA’s Second Congressional District.
Ryan Sanders was another one of the fourteen leaders in attendance.
He told us Trump spoke in favor of increased opportunities for African American business ownership.
“When you look at African American unemployment…right now I feel as though we’ve been left behind at least in this past Obama Administration and if individuals have their own businesses, then they’ll be able to hire individuals from their own local communities,” he said.
After nearly two hours of meetings at the View, Trump left in his motorcade, and was greeted by chanting protesters. He gave them a wave and a smile as his car continued through.