“Arrest Trump” Protest
Protesters gathered outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to protest the president’s State of the Union address
“Arrest Trump” took place at the time of the State of the Union Address
Protesters anticipated Trump’s speech to be propaganda riddled with lies
Protesters demanded actions of impeachment, indictment, and imprisonment of Trump
While much of the country was sitting at home watching the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, several dozen people were standing outside President Trump’s Fifth Avenue office building instead, calling for his arrest. Organized by the direct action group Rise and Resist, anti-Trump protesters, gathered and shouted slogans in front of Trump Tower with banners that read “Arrest Trump” and criticized the president’s address.
"We are objecting to his state of the union [speech], which is actually going to be very likely propaganda based upon bias, loose interpretation of the law, and complete misunderstanding of what bipartisanship really means," said Maryellen Novak, an administrative staff member at Columbia University and the spokesperson of the direct-action group Rise and Resist.
Set at the exact same time as the State of the Union address, protesters claimed to be demonstrating their rights to protest and to speak truth to power.
“Trump is unpredictable and also dangerous. His propaganda tonight is going to be riddled with lies, and that's actually the one thing that is predictable about him: his consistent lying," said Novak.
“We are also holding him and the complicit GOP accountable and demonstrating what we want — actions such as impeachment, indictment, and imprisonment.”
Protesters chanted slogans like “Kick Trump out of the White House,” “Trump lies, democracy dies” and “Asylum is a human right, not just for the rich and white.” An image of Stephen Miller, the author of Trump’s State of the Union speech, was held high above the crowd by a fellow protestor.
Mark Hannay, who says he has been protesting for 30 years, was among the many Rise and Resist members. "We believe that Trump has caused a lot of disunity in the country, and that's why we're here," said Hannay.
“He [Trump] might know about [the protest] because I’m sure he gets reports about anything that happens in front of Trump Tower.
“As for how it will affect him, probably not.”
This report was compiled by Julia Guo on February 25, 2019, and edited by Jamin Chen.