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wake of Saturday's demonstrations and violent actions by white
nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., over the planned removal
of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. A 32-year-old woman died
after authorities say a 20-year-old Ohio man rammed his car into
a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville.
At Trump Tower, where the president was expected at his New York
City home, protesters and heavy security gathered to greet the
president as he returned for the first time since his
inauguration in January.
More than 1,000 demonstrators were in pens police erected across
the street from Trump Tower by early Monday evening, hours
before his expected arrival.
An inflatable caricature of Trump rose above pedestrians on a
nearby block. On Twitter, a photo surfaced of protesters who
made it past security pressing signs against a window in the
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Police stationed sand-filled sanitation trucks as barriers
around the tower and layers of metal police barricades around
the main entrance.
Amid shouts of "New York hates you" and "Black Lives Matter,"
project manager Cody Hart held up a sign that read "Dump Trump"
as he stood Monday night with hundreds of other protesters about
a block from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
"I am here to protest the person that is supposedly our
president," said Hart, 42, of Manhattan, as the chants turned
into a simple one-word expletive beginning with the letter "a."
Hart said the president's response to the weekend violence
given earlier in a speech at the White House was "despicable."
"It is not even human ... his lack of response," Hart said.
In his remarks, Trump condemned white supremacists.
"Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are
criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white
supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to
everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said.
New York University sophomore Marc Licciardi said he was at
Monday night's protest outside Trump Tower because he blames the
president for spreading rhetoric that he believes encourages the
sort of violence that happened in Virginia.
"He has implied in the past that it's OK to use violence against
peaceful protesters," said Licciardi, 20, who is studying
politics and journalism.
The student said Trump has made incendiary comments encouraging
violence by law enforcement while in office and on the campaign
"I'm out here because I'm just outraged," he said.
Henry Lancaster, a tech industry worker who lives in Brooklyn,
held up a sign that read, "I'm moving to Europe" as the crowd of
hundreds outside Trump Tower swelled as hours passed.
When asked what brought him to Monday's protest, the 30-year-old
said, "There's a lot of reasons socialized medicine being one,
education, jobs, lack of a workers' movement in this country.
Lancaster responded to a question about his sign with a chuckle
and, "Why not?"
In Washington, Metro D.C. Police said demonstrators were
marching from Lafayette Park across from the White House up
Pennsylvania Avenue toward Trump International Hotel and the
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left wing gangs attacking political opposition.