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Protesters Flood the Streets, Head to Trump Tower

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By Natasha Roy and Jemima McEvoy

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Shouts of “this is what democracy looks like” could be heard from Union Square to 56th street as thousands of New Yorkers marched on Wednesday night to protest Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States. Protesters of all ages carried signs and chanted for the nearly one-hour walk to the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue.

The protest was organized by Socialist Alternative, who, according to their website, is a national organization fighting against the injustices and exploitation that people face everyday.

Daniel Kroop is a member of SA and helped organize the rally. He said that the the event was planned in the early hours of the morning, and other branches of SA have planned similar events.

“We called for marches and rallies and protests across the country to show the need to unite and fight against Trump’s hateful agenda,” Kroop said. “In general, we’re just trying to collect forces of working people and other people to fight back against this terrible Trump presidency.”

The protesters blocked traffic as they swarmed the streets, causing NYPD to threaten to arrest anyone obstructing traffic. This prompted the group to begin chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets.”

Protesters from NYU said they felt a duty to protest the election’s outcome.

“I went to the rally because I feel increasingly compelled to move, to be active, to actively take part in the change I want to see,” CAS freshman Allie Monck said. “I think those of us who have the time and energy to do something have an obligation to do so.”

When the rally arrived outside the Trump Tower, chants began to focus more on controversial topics from Trump’s campaign such as his stance on refugees, past comments about women and his perspective on religious and racial equality. The chant “Sí se puede” deafened onlookers for almost a minute straight.

Steinhardt freshman Tina Zhou said that although she isn’t from the United States, she has been following the election very closely and was upset by the result last night. She felt that to be around other like-minded people would soften the blow of this surprising decision for her.

“As horrible as I felt, I imagined my American friends must have felt much, much worse,” Zhou said. “I felt that going to the rally with my friends was the least I could do to offer some support.”

Zhou said that she is completely appalled by Trump and can’t comprehend how he was even qualified to be considered a presidential candidate in the first place.

“He was barely a successful businessman with no political experience. At least Clinton is a properly qualified candidate, with almost 40 years of a political career,” Zhou said. “[Trump’s] scandals are literally uncountable: sexual assault, blatant racism, refusing to pay his workers, you name it — normally one piece of such news would suffice to destroy a candidate, yet such a large majority of the country is still willing to vote this man to lead their nation.”

CAS freshman Jordan Hirn said that although he was disappointed in the election’s result, he found solidarity by going to the protest.

“It was cool to be around everyone who felt the same way,” Hirn said. “The vibe was really cool, and it was pretty fun to walk in the street and have taxi cabs honk because they agree or have people scream ‘fuck you’ because they disagree.”

In a last-ditch effort, protesters hope that the backlash against Trump’s victory can potentially change the outcome of the election.

“The electoral votes aren’t official until around December 19,” Hirn said. “So big rallies like this and the ones that are across the country right now do have an impact and can, even though it’s a small probability, sway the election and get Trump out of the White House, because he doesn’t deserve to be there.”

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Natasha Roy, Managing Editor-at-Large
Natasha is a CAS sophomore studying journalism and public policy, and she’s an editor-at-large at WSN this semester. Originally from a small town outside Dallas, Texas, she moved to an even smaller town outside Atlanta, Georgia when she was nine (and she’ll absolutely force country music on you if you give her an inch). She’s...
Jemima McEvoy, Editor-in-Chief
Jemima McEvoy is the Editor-in-Chief for the Washington Square News, as well as a sophomore studying something to do with politics and law in CAS. She’s originally from England, but has been desperately trying to hold on to her accent for the past few years that she has spent living in the USA. During the...
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Bobby Wagner is the Managing Editor for the Washington Square News. He’s from Philly, much like his icon, Meek Mill. You can catch him yelling abhorrent things about Mets opponents into his grainy dorm room TV or queuing up a sandwich from the Palladium Deli. Clearly, he enjoys the finer things in life. Once, former Assistant...
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3 Responses to “Protesters Flood the Streets, Head to Trump Tower”

  1. Rhonda Powell on November 10th, 2016 9:02 am

    Trump’s past (a multitude of things) clearly shows that he is not an upstanding citizen. He is a bully, a hate monger, and he has absolutely no political intelligence or background. This is an atrocity to allow this poor excuse for a leader take control of our sacred nation, he has no clue how it should be handled. He has proven many times over that he is a molester of women (this came from his own mouth) and that he has a very low level of emotional intelligence when dealing with adversity. Who’s to say that his quick trigger won’t set off a world war while he’s in office.

    PLEASE someone with the power, get this poor excuse of a MAN out of our way and put someone who knows what America is about and has the expertise to run this country, our country, the most important office in our nation.

  2. Anna on November 10th, 2016 11:25 am

    Whilst I do not think the outcome of the election will change, it is still important to send a message to Trump that his his perspective on women, religious and racial equality are unacceptable.

  3. Daniel on November 14th, 2016 11:53 am

    The U.S.A. is a democracy. Trump was elected democratically. SA zombies are protesting against democracy. They are traitors to the U.S.A. The young Buonaparte rammed grapeshot down the throats of street anarchist (SA) zombies in Paris, and he went on to make his Nation great. Here’s hoping auspicious history will be repeated here on U.S.A. streets in grapeshot down treasonous throats.

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