At 5pm the anti-Trump crowd formed outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The hotel is located next to Grand Central Station. It is a very busy train station used by hundreds of thousands of people at rush hour. By 6pm the streets were jammed with commuters, cops, and approximately one-thousand anti-Trump protesters.
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By 6:30pm the scene was chaotic. The anti-Trump crowd was roaring. The protesters consisted of whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians, men, women, young people and old people. The noise was deafening.
The anti-Trump signs were many. TRUMP IS HITLER; DUMP TRUMP; F_CK TRUMP; TRUMP IS A RACIST; COMMUNISM RULES; I HATE WHITE PEOPLE; STOP WHITE RACISM; and BLACK LIVES MATTER.
A few pro-Trump supporters stood tall, but they were overshadowed by the haters. One man — a white guy in his mid-thirties — stood alone holding a sign in favor of the 2nd Amendment. When he walked through the crowd, the Black Lives Matter supporters hit him in the head with fists and elbows.
One of the Black Lives Matter members got so rowdy that he lost his footing and fell off the stage area where speakers lined up to spew anti-Trump rhetoric. He fell to the sidewalk, cracked his head wide open, and began foaming at the mouth. Despite seeing him motionless on the ground, the Trump haters carried on with the speeches. Paramedics made their way to the young man and eventually carried him away in an ambulance.
Across the street from the protesters was an entirely different scene. Men and women in formal dress lined up outside the security booth which acted as a gateway to the black-tie GOP event where Trump was set to speak. As security men frisked each person, a group of protesters raided the Grand Hyatt. Somehow they got past security undetected. Once inside the lobby, they began chanting anti-Trump slurs until a parade of police came in and arrested each one of them.
I came away fearing that the anti-Trump movement is gaining momentum. There is no question this protest was much larger, and far more organized, than the protest I attended in NYC two weeks ago across from Trump Towers.
Tonight, the rally consisted of many groups — all of them appearing to be unified — all of them hating Trump. This includes a group that stayed a block away. It was a group of gay people chanting, “Get on the homo train, make America gay again.”
You can’t make this stuff up.
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