A Massachusetts man is on a 48-day crusade to persuade Americans across 48 states to vote for someone other than Donald Trump.
“The experts have already weighed in and said he’s totally unfit, that he’s a clear and present danger to the country,” Charlie Adler told KTVX during his two-hour stop at the Utah state capitol building in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
Adler began his campaign on Sept. 22 after watching a documentary about an American minister and his wife, who helped people flee Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Adler wrote on his website, that the programme made him concerned that Trump could impose Nazi-like “authoritarian measures” if elected.
“I thought of how the candidacy of Donald Trump puts our country at risk of going horribly wrong,” he posted. “My goal is to travel to as many state capitals as I can between now and Election Day to express my deep concern about what could happen under a Trump presidency.”
Adler is carrying out his mission armed with just a sign featuring a photo of Donald Trump and a quote: “For our country’s sake, don’t hire this man.”
“I felt like if an ordinary person also started echoing that opinion, maybe that would help to make more people take notice and think twice about who they’re going vote for,” he told KTVX.
Adler will make his 26th stop in 26 days when he arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Monday. Later this week, Adler will visit Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.
Adler said he used Google Maps to chart his 21,000-kilometre route, which will see him finish in Connecticut on Nov. 8.
Adler budgeted himself US $100 a day to complete his journey, accounting for food, gas, tolls, and accommodation.
Adler says he has generally received positive reaction during his cross-country protest, but has experienced some hostility from Trump supporters along the way.
“I try to treat those people with kid gloves,” Alder said told USA Today. “In general I’m more interested in the ‘why’s’ of people who say they’re supporting Trump than I am of people who are supporting Hillary Clinton.”