Hundreds of protesters lined up Thursday along Manhattan’s West Side Highway to jeer President Trump’s motorcade as he made his first trip home to New York since his inauguration. Trump sped by just before 7pm on his way to attend a dinner with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now a museum. The crowd booed and chanted “New York hates you!” over drums and tambourines,the AP reports. Protesters in several tightly-controlled pens of demonstrators near the Intrepid held signs saying “Dump Trump.” Some passing cars honked in support.
“We want him to know the resistance remains, even in his hometown,” said Ruthie Adler, 30, a Manhattan waitress. Some demonstrators yelled “shame!” at people dressed in tuxedos and gowns who appeared to be headed to the dinner, which was being held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a World War II naval battle. A small group of Trump supporters also gathered along the roadway, holding signs that said, “Thank God for Trump” and “Deport illegal aliens.” “We’ve got his back,” said Grace Vasquez, a New York City native. Reuters reports that after the dinner, Trump was expected to go to his golf club in Bedminister, NJ for the weekend.