Chicago Democrats gather outside Trump Tower to denounce Trump

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A group of Chicago Democrats including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and labor movement members gathered outside Trump Tower to denounce Republican candidate Donald Trump. (WLS)

In the shadow of Donald Trump's towering hotel and condo building bearing his name over the Chicago River, a group of Chicago Democrats gathered on the sidewalk to publicly express their disgust with the Republican presidential nominee.

The public demonstration was part of the Stronger Together Bus Tour making its way through 20 states ahead of the election. Chicago representatives including Jan Shakowsky, Susana Mendoza, Kim Foxx, Brad Schneider and Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood with members of organized labor and spoke about how they've felt the need to shield their children from television and the hatred of the campaign in the last few days.

Each denounced Trump's words and accused actions of unwanted sexual advances toward women, and Mayor Emanuel spoke personally about his time in the White House while Trump accused the media of spreading lies.

"I don't think there is a woman in this country who hasn't experienced some sort of predatory action by me, but that is certainly not the person they want to be President of the United States of America," Shakowsky said.

"In the Oval Office, it's not easy versus hard decisions, they're bad versus worse, and you've got to have the judgement, the intellect, the ability to actually ask tough questions," Emanuel said.

"I will not lie to you, these false attacks are absolutely hurtful. To be lied about, to be slandered, to be smeared so publicly and before your family that you love is very painful. What is going on is egregious. It's reprehensible beyond description. It's totally corrupt," Trump told supporters at a rally.

A sign that stood outside Trump's riverfront building that called the area "Honorary Trump Plaza" is now gone. Mayor Emanuel said the sign was stolen, though the City Council just passed action to remove it.

A Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman said of the missing sign, "We can confirm the sign is missing but we don't know who took it. We do not condone the theft of city signs, even if the subject of the honorary sign is not honorable."
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