They say you can never go home.
Welp, President Donald Trump certainly came home to that rude awakening when he returned to his posh Manhattan skyscraper and was met with chaos: a huge group of anti-Unite the Right protesters yelling, “Not my president!”
Trump was under fire over the weekend for what many felt was a tepid response to the terror attack in Charlottesville.
While Trump did eventually directly scold white supremacists groups by calling them “criminals and thugs” and saying, “racism is evil,” for many, it was too little too late. Trump was criticized for not stepping up immediately and folks even criticized his use of a teleprompter when he finally did speak.
Trump had to use a teleprompter to give a statement that would've rolled off the tongue for any decent American, let alone president— zak ali (@_zakali) August 14, 2017Everything came to a head when it was announced that he'd be returning to his Manhattan Trump Tower and everyone suspected that he would be returning to angry protesters. Thanks to many early birds, it was assured that he would be returning to just that.
Protest starting in front of Trump Tower, hours before POTUS arrives pic.twitter.com/EDZTlLl0qR— Lauren Prince (@LaurenEPrince) August 14, 2017Joy-Ann Reid posted footage of protesters heading down 6th Avenue with Trump Tower as their final destination:
Thousands of protesters far and wide gathered around Trump Tower, condemning the president:
Thousands at anti-Trump protest in NYC, packed in at every corner around Trump Tower, stretching out for blocks. pic.twitter.com/ZssrJGd2px— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) August 14, 2017
Panorama: Thousands at anti-Trump protest at Trump Tower. pic.twitter.com/vKnsd9Q0mJ— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) August 14, 2017
Crowds protest the president at Trump Tower demanding peace, love and the downfall of white supremacy pic.twitter.com/fpTAiJaGGd— Rebecca Cohen (@beccamcohen) August 14, 2017It's all about anti-hate, and folks ain't here to play!
Oh, and just in case you thought white supremacists could steal our joy? Think again!
With Trump en route, it's protest, part lit dance party a block from Trump Tower in NYC pic.twitter.com/VMjfNKoxxn— Scott Heins (@scottheins) August 14, 2017