Donald Trump returned to New York Monday night. There to greet him – thousands of angry people who rallied, chanted, and marched in mid-town Manhattan and the vicinity of Trump Tower. Two popular chants – “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA”; “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go!”. People made their feelings clear in another chant directed at Trump – “New York hates you”. Many people joined in when Refuse Fascism changed that and took it to another level: “the whole world hates you”.
The protest went on for hours. People were angry. Sunsara Taylor put the blame for the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville squarely on Trump, and said people need to live like her. Sunsara said people are going to have to do more than they think they can do, and that this is a time for courage. Travis Morales said that “we have to make the nightmare of the Trump/Pence regime go, and you need to be part of it. Refuse Fascism has a plan, and November 4 is when we take to the streets until this regime is driven from power”. Sunsara was quoted in the newspaper AM New York saying “We’re going to mobilize masses and masses and masses of people. In this city, there are millions of people who detest what he stands for.’”
Several times New York police moved aggressively to pen and push back the protesters. But, as one Refuse Fascism member said to us, “We said, let’s march. We were blocked off. We rallied across the street from Trump Tower. There were about 200 of us. At a certain point police told us we had to leave. We wouldn’t leave. We pushed the barricades to the curb. But the cops split us, pushed aggressively to get us back. We literally couldn’t move. Then we got pushed out, but we marched to another street.”
Many people were recruited to the Refuse Fascism crew on the spot – to carry the its banner, to leaflet, to sign up others to be part of Refuse Fascism. People in Refuse Fascism said there was a notable change in the mood of people since Charlottesville. Many people brought home made signs denouncing Trump as a fascist. One Refuse Fascism organizer summed up how he saw the mood of many people: “it was angry and defiant. People want this regime to go”.