An anti-Trump bar has opened in New York City where the owner has pledged 100 percent of the profits to organizations facing defunding by Trump’s presidency, or those opposing his policies.
Ravi DeRossi, owner of some of the most well-known bars in New York City, decided to open Coup following the Trump’s election. According to DeRossi, the resistance-themed bar is intended to create a community and “turn our angst and despair about our current administration into something more positive.”
DeRossi, who contends that he was not involved in politics before Trump’s victory, explained that “People feel so much anger, despair—and even happiness—about what’s going on. People all of a sudden are addicted to reading the news and wanting to be more involved. But for me, it’s never been anything I’ve really considered before.”
“I feel like everyone should have a fair chance at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that’s what this country is based on. I feel like the current administration is doing its best to actually work in the opposite direction.”
“This is what I know how to do, I open bars,” DeRossi said. “Everyone wants to do something, and they can find something in their profession or hobbies. For me, this is what I know: drinking and complaining.”
DiRossi opened Coup on April 14 and intends to run it until Trump leaves the White House. The small space is decorated with messages taken from popular protest signs such as “The power of the people is stronger than the people in power,” “No, you cannot take my rights, I’m still using them” and “The pilgrims were undocumented.”
After a customer pays for a drink at Coup, they are given a small wooden token that can be placed in one of several jars located throughout the bar, labeled with the names of different organizations—Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Natural Resources Defense Council, ASPCA, and Human Rights Watch, among others. At the end of each night, tokens are counted and a percentage of profits are donated based on the number of tokens in each jar.
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