This is What Democracy Looks Like

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Thousands of protestors marched down Fifth Avenue today, marking it the fourth day of continuous anti-Trump protests in New York.

Across the boroughs, New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for Clinton (almost 80% in Brooklyn,  close to 90% on Manhattan and Bronx).

Given these numbers it’s understandably that Trump’s surprising success left many New Yorkers looking for ways to show their anger. Or just a place to meet likeminded people.

“This makes me so happy,” said one woman in her twenties looking around the march. All around, there was a tremendous amount of positive energy, and the march didn’t only serve as an expression of free speech and political will, it also was like a big therapy session.

It was the first time many New Yorkers felt okay again all week.

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The peaceful protest was a wild mix of ages, genders and races, and so where the causes they were promoting in their signs and chants.

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My body, my choice. Her body, her choice.

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I object the president elect.

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Love trumps hate. 

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No hate. No fear. 

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This is what democracy looks like.

Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away.

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We are the popular vote.

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Climate change is real. Protect the EPA. 

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Black lives matter.

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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.

Trump Tower Door Man Supports His Boss

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Gonzalez word in the lobby of the Fifth Avenue Trump Tower in Manhattan. Mr. Trump’s private residence, his offices and his campaign HQ are all in the building.


Name:
Johnny Gonzalez
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Donald Trump

“All of us are pretty excited. I will vote for him. Everybody here, we all love Trump. We know the real Trump.”

“I have never really been interested in politics before. Now I am, because of Mr. Trump.”

“I love how he fights a lot for Americans.”

“A lot of police officers stop by here, they love the support he has for them. He always has, it’s not just a thing he is bringing up now. I think all these views he has, he has always felt them.”

“It has always been very busy, even before he announced. Now that he has announced, we get a lot more people who just wanna see the building. If he becomes president, they wanna be able to say, we were in his building, see how nice it was.”

If You Want to Understand Donald Trump, Go to Trump Tower

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Back in November, I went to Trump Tower for the first time. I was intrigued to find that the Fifth Avenue skyscraper had become a place of pilgrimage for Trump supporters and Democrats alike. So I kept coming back.

Over the last couple of months, I interviewed countless of visitors, and started to realize how much of Donald Trump is in that building. And how much you can understand about Donald Trump and his campaign by simply walking through the lobby.

I describe all this and more in a feature that was published by Quartz today: We visited Trump Tower, and it perfectly epitomizes its eccentric, contradictory owner. Check it out.