NEW YORK CITY — Approximately 40 women and a handful of men came together Wednesday to protest Donald Trump.
“You are either with Donald Trump or either with women,” said one woman as she addressed the crowd gathered in the shadows of the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
After the now infamous bus video that emerged last Friday, in which the GOP presidential candidate’s vulgarity and lack of respect for women was captured on camera, the nonprofit group National Organization for Women decided to organize a demonstration.
The theme was simply equality on all levels.
For Nancy Deschamps, who has marched on behalf of women’s rights for decades, the thought of demonstrating this close to Election Day as a result of one candidate’s words in describing women would have been unfathomable if the scenario was presented to her at the start of year.
“I would have been astonished to think that would happen,” Deschamps said.
While the demonstration attracted international media attention from Colombia as well as Japan, it also captured the attention of three men, all standing side-by-side with women chanting in support.
“I honestly didn’t know this was going to be here to be honest. It’s nice to see some men here. I think it would be great to see more men in the cause. I think more men should be speaking up against Donald Trump’s comments,” said one man in a suit who did not want his name revealed.
Meanwhile, Trump Tower did have a small number of supporters protesting Hillary Clinton, but it was the naked cowboy who garnered the most attention when he stopped for a brief visit during the lunch hour.