After a visit to Long Island to double down on his "violent animals" rhetoric, President Donald Trump swung through New York City last night for a quick fundraiser at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in Midtown. About a hundred protesters were waiting outside the swank hotel to let the Queens native know that he was not welcome back.
It was a small but energized demonstration, filling up most of the sidewalk across from the hotel on the corner of Madison and 50th Street. The idea, organizers Rise and Resist said, was to "drum Trump out of town" by making as much noise as possible.
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There was whistle blowing and banging on pans, screaming for hours (“Unstable! Unfit! Donald Trump is full of shit!”) and, much to the delight of everyone in attendance, a full mariachi band—the same group that plagued the home of "racist lawyer" Aaron Schlossberg the other night—blaring out La Cucaracha at the American leader.
Not that anyone actually saw Trump arrive at the Lotte. Legions of NYPD officers, Secret Service agents, and a wall of DSNY vehicles blocked the notoriously thin-skinned President from the insults hurled his way. Protester Jenny from Manhattan was not surprised. “I expect to see garbage trucks filled with sand,” she said at the start of the action, “blocking 45 from the people’s he’s screwing.”
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Former Mayor of 9/11 Town Rudy Giuliani, on the other hand, made sure he was seen, walking slowly along the protest line, blowing kisses and taking iPhone shots as the crowd pelted him with cries of "Fuck you!" and "Tell the truth about 9/11!"
But not everyone was outraged at Trump and his cronies. “Leave the guy alone,” said the guy out sweeping the sidewalk for Saks Fifth Avenue. “He’s trying to do his job.”