An increasingly unpopular man, especially in the fairly progressive bastion of Manhattan, returned to his hometown yesterday for the first time since his inauguration in January. He was greeted by thousands of outraged protesters, assembled outside his gilded 5th Avenue fortress. An inflatable caricature of him as a giant rat, bobbed in the breeze.
In anticipation of his arrival, protesters took to the streets, chanting “Shame! Shame! Shame!,” “Lock Him Up!,” “New York Hates You,” and “No KKK, No Fascist USA, No Trump!” Another nearby group staged a “die-in” and a funeral for American values prior to joining the mass demonstration.
Most are furious over his dismal handling of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, particularly his nearly 48 hour delay in addressing the root cause of the carnage – the white supremacists who staged the “Unit the Right” rally. Trump has been denounced from both sides of the political spectrum for failing to call out the perpetrators directly. At first blaming the violence, “on many sides… on many sides.”
He finally condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists in a brief statement Monday. For many, it was too little, too late.
Similar anti-Trump, anti-white supremacy marches and protests sprung up in cities nationwide Sunday and Monday. A rally was even held in the small town of Maumee, Ohio, home to the driver accused of intentionally plowing into counter-protesters, killing one and seriously injuring 19 more, James Alex Fields Jr.
It’s fitting that the biggest protest happened outside Trump Tower. The building has housed and hosted celebrity (Michael Jackson) and despot (Haitian dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier) alike. The building’s owner is a combination of the two.