PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphians are using the city’s latest sports mascot to protest a visit by President Donald Trump.
About 100 protesters gathered Tuesday outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center where Trump addressed the National Electrical Contractors Convention. Several carried homemade signs of the Flyers’ new mascot Gritty, a bearded orange monster.
Gritty drew mixed reactions when he was introduced last week, drawing comparisons to ZZ Top, Muppets and horror movies.
The Penguins Twitter account couldn’t resist getting in on the “Gritty” action.
lol ok https://t.co/3sSJcbLSfF
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 24, 2018
Many of the signs Tuesday included expletives telling Trump to leave. One said Philadelphia only has room for one orange monster.
Philadelphia hasn’t had a warm and fuzzy relationship with Trump.
Trump’s administration has regularly clashed with city officials including Mayor Jim Kenney.
In June, Trump canceled a White House celebration of the Eagles’ Super Bowl win after it became apparent many players wouldn’t attend.
(TM and © Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)