Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting heat from New York residents for a Thursday evening anti-Trump protest that caused traffic mayhem.
De Blasio’s protest caused quite a disruption and left many New Yorkers upset about the whole spectacle that unfolded in Columbus Circle on the eve of the inauguration.
The New York Post reports that nearly 20,000 people gathered for the “star-studded event” that included celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Cher, Mark Ruffalo, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rosie Perez, Shailene Woodley, Robert De Niro and Natalie Merchant.
The rally kicked off around 6 pm near the Trump International Hotel & Tower, which resulted in major traffic jams along the west side of Central Park West for many hours. It was a major disruption for residents who weren’t even involved in the protest.
To make matters worse, they also had “numerous jumbotrons and a giant stage located at 60th Street,” which only contributed to traffic and pedestrian gridlock near a major subway stop, says the report.
One outraged New Yorker told reporters as she was leaving work, “It’s terrible, I just want to go home.” She added, “They should’ve done it somewhere that doesn’t stop other people. It’s wasting time and disturbing other people.”
In regards to the city’s resources used to put on such an elaborate event, a local named Amir Shamli claimed de Blasio’s behavior was “irresponsible” and the money could have been better “spent on people in the city who are homeless, don’t have food … This protest isn’t going to affect anything. This protest is bulls–t.”
What reportedly fuelled local residents’ anger was that the event was obviously for attention-seeking purposes and for de Blasio’s own political gain to wage a massive protest against Trump.
Trump supporter Susan Miller said, “I am appalled at what’s happening here and I am angry at de Blasio.” She called the protest a “vanity project” and she also claimed the money could have been better spent on “housing, veterans, cleaning up the city, etc.”
H/T: New York Post
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