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.
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.
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.”
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.