Huge inflatable Trump-rat erected ahead of the United States president's NYC visit
- Author: Adam Floyd Aug 16, 2017,
Aug 16, 2017, 15:18
President Donald Trump has a new inflatable parody ready to follow him around.
"Feels good to be home after seven months, but the White House is very special, there is no place like it. and the U.S.is really my home!" the president tweeted upon his trip to NY. Trump's visit is subject to further delays, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The occasion will mark Trump's first visit to NY in his role as the president of the United States. The president spent the majority of his August recess in New Jersey, as aides described his time there as a "working vacation" while the West Wing was getting renovated. Residents of Manhattan are no strangers to protest art, particularly when it comes to Trump, and many stopped by to behold (and take selfies with) the newest installation.
Trump arrived in New York City in the late evening, driving through the relatively empty streets of Manhattan under a heavy police presence. Trump spent almost his entire transition period in Trump Tower after winning the election, leaving only on rare occasions. "In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America", "Black Lives Matter", "No to the Trump-Pence regime", "Not my president" and "No to war", reports Efe news.
The protests come two days after clashes broke out Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, as counterprotesters met white nationalists and other right-wing groups at the site of the "Unite the Right" event. "His team wrote that speech for him, and we know where his heart is".
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Trumpy the Rat stands at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, a few blocks from Trump Tower.
Protesters gathered outside of Trump Tower, holding signs that read "White Silence Equals Death", as well as swastikas with a red line running through it to denounce the Nazi party.
The gallery owner, Karin Bravin, who installed the piece with her husband John Lee, claimed a representative from the police department helped them place Trump Rat on the sidewalk.
Josh Friedman, a 23-year-old activist who had co-organized the protest, said Trump's handling of the Charlottesville tragedy was a main focus.
Meanwhile, about two dozen Trump fans were in a separate pen near The Plaza, chanting "God bless President Trump" and carrying American flags.
"The murder and attempted murder of anti-racist demonstrators Saturday in Charlottesville, VA, by armed thugs marching under the banners of openly white supremacist anti-Semitic and homophobic organizations is not an isolated incident", the organizers of the demonstration said in a statement.