Robert de Niro, other A-Listers Join Pre-Inauguration Demonstrations in NYC

Robert de Niro waving at the crowd

Actors Robert de Niro, Mark Ruffalo and Alec Baldwin, filmmaker Michael Moore,  and many other celebrities were spotted at the anti-Trump rally held on the eve of his Inauguration Day outside his luxury hotel in New York City. The stars galvanized a crowd of thousands of protesters with speeches and performances designed to protest the inauguration.

This is the beginning of the 100 days of resistance,

Moore told the crowd.

The filmmaker was in the company of de Niro, Rosie Perez, and mayor Bill de Blasio outside the Trump International Hotel next to Columbus Circle. During the protest rally, a series of A-listers, city officials, and activists joined the crowd to protest Trump.

‘New Yorkers Never Lay Down’

According to reports, Cher, Sally Field, Julianne Moore, retail workers president Stuart Appelbaum, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, were also present. De Niro addressed the crowd reading an imaginary salvo of tweets Trump would be sending later that night to criticize the rally. De Niro added that he and his “over-rated” friends gathered there to tell Trump he was setting a bad example of the nation and the city.

In addition, Moore said there are more Americans who voted against the real estate tycoon than those who voted for him. “We are the majority,” the filmmaker continued. Alec Baldwin took to the stage to impersonate Trump and call the new Cabinet “a disgrace.” He added the billionaire and the vice president-elect Mike Pence think Americans would just lay down about the Cabinet picks. Yet they don’t know “New Yorkers never lay down,” the actor said.

Many protesters that gathered at the event spoke to the press but declined to give their names. When a reporter asked one of them what they were afraid of, the woman joked about “paranoia” linked to the new administration. The woman also thinks the president-elect is too insecure about criticism.

Other rally-goers said they were there to protest an “illegitimate” president they don’t resonate with. A teacher said she joined the protests because of many concerns coming from her immigrant students. She said students live under constant fear someone may bully them after the president-elect says something about them on the news.

Mayor De Blasio Call to Action

Another teacher agreed. She said that America has an entire generation of people whom Trump’s comments and proposals had directly targeted over the last year. De Blasio, however, pledged to protect New Yorkers against Trump’s “hate” and called people to arms for “100 days of action”. The NYC mayor was especially concerned about the billionaire’s campaign promise to deport millions of illegal aliens.

On the other hand, not everyone in the audience shared the general enthusiasm. Some New Yorkers wondered whether such events were of any use.

I just feel like I can’t do nothing.

a protester said about the new presidency.

Another protester, who also declined to provide her full name, said her “moral compass” was the No. 1 reason she went out in the cold to protest. She wanted to feel at peace with herself that she hasn’t gone into “the abyss” without having done anything to prevent it.
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