As President-elect Donald Trump spent his first night in Washington ahead of his inauguration, New Yorkers descended on Trump Tower to protest his presidency and his message.
Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, Mark Ruffalo, Cher and Julianne Moore were only a handful of the celebrities and activists who spoke to the thousands assembled — but it was Alec Baldwin who set the crowd on fire with his Trump impression.
Baldwin’s jokes included veiled references to the unsubstantiated and vehemently denied salacious claims published in a Buzzfeed report last week.
“I have to go to the bathroom. I have to pee. But I’m holding it in, I’m holding it in, I’m not gonna pee. I’m going to a function at the Russian consulate tonight, I’m gonna hold it in ’til I get there,” Baldwin joked.
While Baldwin helped bring levity to a serious night, many of the protesters expressed concern for America’s future.
New York City resident Doug Degroat attended the rally to protest what he called Trump’s “backwards policies” in education.
Peeved with the recent confirmation hearing of the president-elect’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Besty DeVos, Degroat took to the protest with a message for the incoming president.
“Today is the first day of the resistance,” he said, before paraphrasing the film “Independence Day.”
“We will not go silently into the night.”
Another protester, Phaedra Paolicelli, travelled from upstate New York to attend the rally with friends.
“When you become the president, you take on the role of the civil servant,” Paolicelli said. “You’re not our lord, you’re not our dictator, you’re not our queen or king.”
“He works for us, we don’t work for him and he needs to understand that,” she stated.