Activists Protest the President at Trump Tower After Charlottesville
Trump was greeted by protesters when making his return to NYC for the first time as president.
Following President Donald Trump’s failure to address the country regarding race-fueled marches in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, anti-Trump activists planned a protest at Trump Tower to welcome the president back to New York City.
The non-violent protest, which began at 5:30 p.m. ET, had more than 15,000 Facebook users expressing interest in the event. When the protest kicked off, the crowd of protesters covered two city blocks and police had blocked off the area.
The crowd gathered at the corner of 56th Street and 5th Avenue, many of them chanting, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA," with several of the signs taking on similar messaging. Sign slogans included "The Trump/Pence regime must go," "Love Trumps hate" and "You're not alone, united we stand."
"I am marching for human decency," one protester told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's really a nightmare, everything that's happening to this country. Everything that we believed in is just going to pieces.
"It's our time to stand up and say this is not American, it absolutely violates our core values and we have to stand up for what's right."
Earlier in the day, a large inflatable figure made to look like the president with rat-like teeth made its way down the street near the building.
This protest mimics similar events throughout the country following the fatal riots in Charlottesville and President Trump’s inability to make a defiant statement about the issue. He spoke generally this weekend regarding the terror in Virginia, denouncing the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," before condemning the hate groups in a follow-up statement, which was televised on Monday.
On Monday afternoon, Trump addressed the deadly protests that took place down south from The White House, condemning the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "criminals and thugs." This comes after immense criticism of the president and what he had chosen to say regarding the riots thus far.