Picketers against President Donald Trump stretched yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday in front of his branded hotel near Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, chanting: “Kick Trump out of the White House,” and “Liar! Thief! Predator in chief!”
The demonstration was timed to the United Nations General Assembly, where the president’s speech about his success drew laughter earlier in the day.
The two dozen picketers affiliated with the anti-Trump group Rise and Resist marched around the building, the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. The group was met by several pro-Trump passers-by. One muttered “MAGA” — Trump’s signature slogan — and kept walking. A woman wearing a “Keep America Great” hat waved a banner for Trump’s 2020 reelection.
“He’s already embarrassed this country,” Trump foe Sean Stefanic, 34, of Jackson Heights, Queens, told the woman, who declined to give her name to a reporter.
Later, in an interview, Stefanic, a freelance artist and warehouse supervisor, said of Trump: “He’s made us look like real buffoons. He’s made us all look like monsters. We’re not monsters.”
Stefanic said he said he’s never supported a Republican and doesn’t share Republican values.
Jackie Goldenberg, 74, a writer who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, said Trump’s continued support for his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is “disgusting,” and Kavanaugh is “awful” and “disgusting.”
A California psychologist has accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and attempting to remove her clothing during what she says was an attempted rape during the early 1980s when he was 17 and she was 15. A Yale classmate of Kavanaugh has accused him of exposing himself while both were intoxicated. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
Republican leaders have questioned the allegations, noting that neither woman told anyone for three decades about them, they are not corroborated by contemporaneous evidence and the women can’t remember key details.
“He has possible crimes in his past that haven’t been investigated that are coming out now,” Goldenberg said, adding: “I don’t see it as being like a court of law, where you’re presumed innocent particularly.”
Trae Thomas, 18, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology who lives in Chelsea, said of Kavanaugh: “This is a huge thing. He’s going to be in there the rest of his life.”
Bill Monaghan, 68, an auditor in the bridges and tunnels division of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, holding up a sign: “Boycott Trump Busine$$” and “Trump/GOP are corrupting our country!!!” argued with a Trump security guard who tried to kick him off the Central Park West sidewalk. Monaghan insisted the street was a public space. The guard gave up when a reporter began filming the encounter.
Monaghan, who said later that he’d been arrested at a Trump Tower protest, said he’s particularly alarmed by the president’s laissez-faire policies toward regulating the environment.
“He thinks he’s running a business,” Monaghan, of the Upper East Side, said. “And he thinks it’s his business.”