Protesters on Fifth Ave. in New York City shouted "Shame! Shame! Shame!" as President Donald Trump returned to Trump Tower Monday night for the first time since he took office in January. Thousands of people—and an inflatable rat designed to resemble Trump—filled the streets of Midtown letting the president know "New York hates you!"
Panorama: NYC Trump Tower Protest has swelled even larger. Thousands. pic.twitter.com/X2QScvRadl
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) August 14, 2017
No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA! with marching band. NYC Trump Tower Protest. pic.twitter.com/lpeSX3mvzZ
— rosannemiller (@freedomgirl2011) August 15, 2017
A giant rat effigy with blond hair stands at Columbus Circle, the scene of a protest on the eve of Donald Trump's arrival at Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/xv0Ow8wHMy
— WNYC (@WNYC) August 15, 2017
Trump critics also staged a "die-in" near the president's tower, reportedly saying: "We started this rally to highlight all the ways Trump is killing us. From our housing, to DACA, to literally killing us!"
"We started this rally to highlight all the ways Trump is killing us. From our housing, to DACA, to literally killing us!" pic.twitter.com/BDL9Rvtydu
— Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) August 14, 2017
— NOW-NYC (@NOW_NYC) August 14, 2017
Before returning home to the protests at Trump Tower, the president finally explicitly denounced white supremacists and neo-Nazis for their deadly "Unite the Right" riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. His speech on Monday came in response to immense criticism from the public and lawmakers for his evasive comments about the racist demonstrations over the weekend. Several protesters carried signs that decried Trump's initial response to the events in Charlottesville.
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— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 14, 2017
Protest occurring now outside Trump Tower. Fifth Ave closed except to busses. pic.twitter.com/MoP0vs5oXA
— Farai Chideya (@farai) August 14, 2017
— WorkingFamiliesParty (@WorkingFamilies) August 14, 2017
Supporters of the president were also on the scene last night, and shouted racially-charged remarks at the protesters, according to a New York Daily News report:
A small group of roughly 16 pro-Trump supporters, penned in by police near the rat caricature, taunted demonstrators by shouting "Make America white again" and waving flags. Demonstrators also had to stay inside police pens in front of Trump Tower.
"Security was heavy around the skyscraper" for the president's arrival, News 4 New York reported. "Streets were closed in the area, and massive sanitation trucks were lined up outside Trump Tower. Metal barricades were set up across the street."
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 14, 2017
Trump is expected to encounter more hometown opposition until his Wednesday depature, with another official protest planned for 5pm Tuesday.