Protest Over Republican 'Trojan Horse' Tax Bill Comes Downtown

Protestors follow a "Trojan horse" down Broadway on their way to a rally on Wall Street. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Dec. 04, 2017

While President Trump was Uptown on Saturday, courting donors and drawing protestors at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street, Downtown was the scene of its own show of anger at Trump and the Republican tax bill, passed by the Senate the night before.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Foley Square to denounce what they and many critics are calling a tax “scam” that favors the wealthy over “ordinary Americans.” Led by a wooden “Trojan horse,” as the demonstrators depict the bill, the protesters marched and chanted down Broadway sidewalks, escorted by a phalanx of motorcycle cops, and over to Wall Street for speeches by Mayor Bill de Blasio, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and other representatives from political, labor and social service groups.

“We have a chance to stop it,” de Blasio shouted to the crowd. “And we are ready to stop it, right?” A hopeful cheer rose from the crowd.

Below, scenes and sounds from the demonstration. Photos by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib