'New York Hates You!': Protests Swell as Trump Makes First Hometown Visit
"This village doesn't want its idiot back"
New Yorkers turned out in droves to protest President Donald Trump's first post-election visit to his home city on Thursday, where he arrived later than scheduled after the U.S. House passed the reviled American Healthcare Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare.
Thousands of people gathered throughout Manhattan, at Trump Tower, and near the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum where the president met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Many banged pots and pans to "drown out" Trump's planned speech, while others hoisted signs, banners, and puppets. The protests were tracked on Twitter with the hashtag #NoTrumpNYC.
"New York hates you!" they shouted at his motorcade.
Among the protesters were members of the New York State Nurses Association, who chanted, "What do we want? Healthcare! When do we want it? Now!"
Others yelled, "Not my president!"
Trump received 36.5 percent of the vote in the November election to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's 59 percent.
"He doesn't represent this city," one protester, 30-year-old Steve McCasland of Queens, told AMNY. McCasland held a sign that read, "This village doesn't want its idiot back."
Others gathered on the West Side Highway near the floating Intrepid museum. "He's orange, he's gross, he lost the popular vote!" they chanted. On the water, members of Greenpeace rafted by with signs that read simply, "Resist" and "Resiste."
— NY Working Families (@NYWFP) May 4, 2017
— Resist Here (@ResistHere) May 4, 2017
— Joanna Oltman Smith (@jooltman) May 4, 2017
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) May 5, 2017
— Michele in NYC (@RebelWheelsNYC) May 4, 2017
Melvyn Stevens, 74, a geriatric nurse from Greenwich Village, carried a puppet depicting White House chief strategist Steve Bannon "pulling the strings" for Trump.
"As far as I'm concerned, he's not my president, and I want to see him impeached. I hope he sees this from the boat," Stevens told AMNY.
Following his dinner with Turnbull—during which he praised Australia's single-payer healthcare system—Trump headed to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend, where he was also met with protests.