On the eve of President Donald Trump's inauguration, thousands of New Yorkers surrounded Trump International Hotel near Central Park to protest the incoming administration. Led by prominent liberals like Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Bill de Blasio, Mark Ruffalo and Robert De Niro, the turnout for the anti-Trump rally greatly outnumbered Trump's inauguration concert last night that was headlined by 3 Doors Down.
HUGE crowd for protest in NYC against Trump's un-American and divisive rhetoric. Looks like we have more than DJT's concert. #inauguration pic.twitter.com/dkV01mVBXV
— Joseph Amodeo (@josephamodeo) January 19, 2017
After De Niro said some nice words about New York City, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio kicked off the protest by reminding people in attendance that liberal cities like New York can help combat Trump's extreme policies.
"Donald Trump likes to say he built a movement. Now it's time for us to build a movement," deBlasio said.
Michael Moore, who hosted the rally after warning Americans for months about the real threat Trump posed, took the stage after Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. He called on the rally-goers to pledge they would protect their Mexican and Muslim neighbors who may be vulnerable under a Trump presidency. For the most part, Moore struck a positive tone about the resistence, saying the Trump presidency will likely be cut short anyways.
"He will not last the four years. He will break the law and that's when he will go down," Moore said.
After Alec Baldwin did his popular Trump impression, the actor spoke about the importance of educating young children, suggesting it was never to early to teach them about democracy.
Alec Baldwin brought his Trump impression to last night's protest in New York https://t.co/CQLT1p1EXF pic.twitter.com/FGnjkNpgdG — Colin Jones (@colinjones) January 20, 2017
The display of unified dissent in New York on Thursday night commenced a "100 days of resistance." Moore asked the crowd and people watching on live stream to keep up the pressure, instructing them to phone their senators and representatives in order to voice their displeasure with Trump.
Watch a recording of the anti-Trump protest rally here: