For the fourth straight day, the streets of New York City were filled with people protesting Donald Trump's election yesterday afternoon.
Chanting slogans like "Black lives matter," "Climate change is real," "My body my choice" and "New York City hates you," yesterday's march began at Union Square and took the now-familiar route up Fifth Avenue to the base of Trump Tower.
The numbers of estimated attendees varied between media reports, from 2,000 to 3,000 to 5,000, but attendees also estimated that the crowd was as large as 10,000 to 15,000 people. Police reported that there were 2 arrests before midnight.
"We have to push back," said Jim, a 62-year-old man from Connecticut who declined to give his last name. "Just because Trump was elected does not mean we roll over."
The NYPD adopted a hands-off approach to crowd control, with only a few officers scattered along the march's uptown route. By 2 p.m. thousands were already pressed against the barricade at 56th Street, where a phalanx of officers stood in what the NYPD referred to as a "frozen zone." Dozens of the department's protest-busting Strategic Response Group marshaled at 56th Street, with one of their military-grade LRAD noise canons in tow to remind protesters to stay off the barricades.
"I see this as a processing of grief and a sort of uniting among our community to feel strength," John Paredes, a West Village resident marching with his boyfriend said. "But I hope that these protests send a message to the future administration that we're not going to stand down. We are watching him, we're going to be organized, and we are going to fight for everything that, in his campaign, Donald Trump said he was going to undermine."
Beyond the Trump supporter who was taken away by police for pretending to hump women who marched, another Trump supporter was in the crowd allegedly with a message of peace of unity. A man who identified himself as Joey Salads stood in the crowd offering flags and hugs.
"I'm a Trump supporter and I'm out here today making a video for social media to try to get everyone to unite because we're all Americans and politics is dividing us," he said.
Some may know Salads as the man who was revealed to have filmed a hoax video that allegedly showed black people destroying a Trump supporter's car. Salads also filmed himself on Twitter saying that if protesters didn't like Trump they could leave the country, questioning why people were out protesting instead of at work (on a Saturday) and doing an Alex Jones impression.
Some protesters also chanted "We all have jobs," as they marched.
"I don't want to wake up some morning and see my neighbors are being deported," said Nancy, 62, a NYC resident. "Did you see what he tweeted yesterday? These protests are getting to him. We have to stay in his face and monitor him and talk to him like a child."
Additional reporting by John Del Signore, Emma Whitford, Rebecca Fishbein and Scott Heins.