Dozens of protesters yelling “shame” gathered across the street from Cipriani on East 42nd Street early Saturday where President Trump was to attend a breakfast fundraiser.
“New York hates Trump,” several protesters shouted.
“I believe it’s time to stop lining the pockets of the rich and stealing from the poor,” said John Eng, a 54-year-old real estate agent from Manhattan who was holding a sign declaring, “The poor will have to eat the rich.”
The protesters were particularly enraged by the Senate’s early-morning passage of a $1.2 trillion tax reform bill supported by Trump. A few shouted “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.”
“That tax plan is an abomination,” said Melissa Carpenter, a 51-year-old lawyer from Bayside who wore a Guy Fawkes mask for the occasion. “He has some balls to come here.”
Police set up barriers to keep the growing group of protesters on the sidewalk across from Cipriani. Drums beat as they yelled. Seven large sanitation trucks were also parked nearby for security.
Trump is expected to deliver remarks during a “victory finance breakfast” at Cipriani around 11:20 a.m., according to his schedule. He will attend two other fundraisers in the city on Saturday.