The protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration was led by a star-studded cast of dissenters including Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, and Cher in New York City on Thursday. There were certainly far more stars and even more people in the audience at the Trump protest than at the Trump welcome ceremonies in Washington.
Calling for unity around the protest of a sexist, racist, xenophobic candidate who sparked national outcry for his incendiary words and actions throughout the campaign, the celebrities rallied thousands of protesters into cheers and chants. The stars spoke of saving the Affordable Care Act, fighting institutional racism, and strengthening unions.
Michael Moore began the speeches by calling for peaceful and non-violent protest in what he called “a dangerous moment” with “a malignant narcissist and a psychopath” at the helm. The award-winning documentarian and outspoken liberal has been leading protests at Trump Towers in New York City since shortly after Trump was elected in November.
Fiza Ali, founder of the Democratic Club of New York City and one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington scheduled for Saturday, called for the crowd to stand with those of Islamic faith like her as they fight against the xenophobia stoked by Trump on the campaign trail.
The crowd took an oath, just as Trump will tomorrow:
‘I will faithfully execute my role as an American, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’
Perhaps no single moment sparked more applause and welcome laughter than actor and recent SNL star Alec Baldwin, the man responsible for a Donald Trump impersonation that irked Trump so badly he felt the need to call out Baldwin by name on social media.
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Baldwin turned serious during his speech at the protest, imploring those in attendance to fight back against Trump.
‘Donald Trump and Steve Bannon and Mike Pence and all these people that are a part of Trump’s administration think you’re going to lay down. The one thing they don’t realize is New Yorkers never lay down.’
The crowd cheered and laughed in a moment of brevity, however, when Baldwin revived his Trump impersonation for the crowd.
See video of Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump for the protesters below:
Alec Baldwin mocks President-elect Donald Trump during a protest rally in New York pic.twitter.com/SNwV9Fi1dE
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