Protests break out around Trump Tower as president arrives

Protests break out around Trump Tower as president arrives

Protests break out around Trump Tower as president arrives

Donald Trump arrived in New York City on Monday morning for a number of high-profile meetings-but his homecoming wasn't exactly the celebration most presidents receive upon returning to their local districts.

Bill Lipton, state director of the progressive Working Families Party, which has organized and participated in numerous counter-Trump demonstrations, remembered pre-politician Trump less favorably. Nearby, an inflatable, rat-like caricature of Trump stood by The Plaza hotel.

Yet for numerous protesters, Trump's remarks were too late, overshadowed by his statement on Saturday that "many sides" were responsible for the Charlottesville violence and his initial failure to name white supremacist groups as aggressors.

From Aug. 13-Aug. 16, streets around Trump Tower will be locked down to traffic.

Many held up yellow signs that said "Resign!"

Trump did not recognize the protestors gathered outside his building, but political supporters addressed the crowd via Twitter, but former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called the crowd of anti-fascists and peaceful protesters a "left-wing mob" which he believed had "given up thinking for yelling".

The president landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport about 8:15 p.m. Monday night.

Joel Graham, 59, a former Marine who is now a photographer, said that Trump "let his cards slip" when he gave that speech.

"Even though Donald Trump is not per se the cause of that, he is related to that", Friedman said, adding, "He really is enabling white nationalists, white surpremacists, the KKK, armed militias".

"He is a risky, unsafe man", said one demonstrator outside Trump Tower.

Mr Frazier, who is African American, said in a tweet on Monday that the country's leaders must "honour our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy". He likely will not be moving around much on street level, but mayor said if the president chooses to do so, the NYPD is ready.

The White House hasn't divulged specifics on his NY stay.

An inflatable Trump-rat also showed up for the protest.

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Some focused on showing support for the people whom white supremacists condemn. "He's gotta go", said Graham.

The Charlottesville rally culminated with a vehicle ramming into a group of anti-right wing protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was remembered by a number of the protesters. A 20-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder, failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death, and malicious wounding.

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