On the Ground with New Yorkers Volunteering for Clinton, Trump and Sanders

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After months of preparation and a three-week spree of intense campaigning, a radiant Hillary Clinton took to the stage in the ballroom of the Sheraton on Times Square. “There’s no place like home,” she told an energized crowd that repeatedly interrupted her with chants of “Hil-la-ry, Hil-la-ry.” In her New York primary victory speech, Clinton thanked all “the volunteers who have worked their hearts out” and encouraged others to sign up: “Be part of this campaign.”

Any presidential campaign needs volunteers, tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters who give up their free time (and often their money) to champion their candidates. That’s no different in New York, where volunteers scoured the state going from door to door, making phone calls or organizing events.

And yet, volunteering varies — as a look at the Clinton, Trump and the suspended Sanders campaigns shows. Clinton’s volunteers are the most experienced and the most loyal, they are also closely tied to the offical campaign; Sanders’ were highly motivated, but loudly and vehemently demanded their independence, and Trump’s are few, and just as as outspoken and spur of the moment as the real estate mogul himself (shouting matches between volunteers and staffers included).

In that sense, the volunteers are a reflection of the candidates themselves.

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Wanna See the Trump Campaign HQ?

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Not many journalists (or people for that matter) have ever had the chance to go and see the Trump Campaign headquarters at the luxurious Trump Tower.

If you want to be one of the lucky(?) ones, the Trump campaign is raffling off a tour and lunch with Eric Trump for every donation over $3.

Creative Protest: A Hut Shaped Like Trump’s Hair

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Wandering around New York City, you are prone to stumble across a Donald Trump protest these days. There is the Donald dino who lets you beat him, there are homeless men asking for $1 or they will vote Trump – and now there is the Trump Hut.

I saw the “luxury protesting hut in the shape of Donald Trump’s hair” outside the Trump Hotel on Columbus Circle, a favorite spot for protestors.

The hut was made by a Mexican artist and consists of 96 hula skirts  – which most closely resembles the texture of the GOP nominee’s hair. Despite looking like Donald Trump, the hut is actually quiet comfortable and can house up to two people.

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Positioned just outside the over the top Trump Hotel, the hut was meant to show income disparity. Another interpretation is the dystopian future all of us will be living in, if Trump becomes president.

If you are interested in supporting this prime real estate project, the group behind it has started a Kickstarter campaign, where you can buy shares.

It might not protect you if Donald Trump becomes commander in chief, but it sure as hell looks like a nuclear fallout shelter.

New Yorker is First Republican to Endorse Clinton

Drumroll please … the first Republican has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Plenty of GOP-lers have been plenty discontent with their nominee. Then former Republican Michael Bloomberg attacked Trump while speaking at the Democratic convention.

But so far their disapproval against Trump has not turned into support for Clinton. Until today.

Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York, wrote an op-ed in his hometown paper, where he publicly explained why he will vote for Hillary Clinton – and why others should follow him.

“For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his [Trump’s] comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.

Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women’s health care.

While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”