Recently I wrote about an organized effort of anti-Trump activists to protest on a nightly basis outside the White House, in Lafayette Park. Hillary Clinton loyalist Philippe Reines and Adam Parkhomenko, former national field director for the DNC, are leading the effort. Now Trump antagonist Rosie O’Donnell and her Broadway pals have joined in the protests.
Known as #OccupyLafayette Park, the idea is to protest outside the White House every night in the most attention-grabbing way, whether it is with a Mariachi band or with the preferred method of Reines – bullhorns and whistles. Rosie and her Broadway buddies sang songs and held up signs spelling out TREASON. It was a sing-along protest.
The trip was organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the host and producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway.”
The performers included current and former Broadway cast members from “Wicked,” ”Hamilton,” ”Phantom of the Opera” and other shows.
The actress told the crowd it was important to make sure their voices were heard so that Mr. Trump would know that they were not going away. Mr. Trump, however, is spending time at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey on a working vacation.
Actress, comedian and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, who has had a decade-long feud with Trump, joined about 30 singers and musicians in rousing renditions of stage staples including “Everybody Rejoice,” from “The Wiz,” and songs from “Les Miserables” and other productions.
The presence of Emmy Award winner O’Donnell, 56, lent star quality to the series of protests outside the mansion’s gates, where resisters to Trump’s presidency have gathered for more than three straight weeks of rowdy nightly demonstrations.
“We are so thrilled to finally be here at the ‘Kremlin annex’ on night 22,” O’Donnell told the crowd, which responded with a cheer.
“Let the president know in no uncertain terms that we are alive, awake, and we are woke. We are not going away!”
O’Donnell was interviewed on CNN and told host Chris Cuomo that “Trump is loathed in America.” She’s excited about the prospect of Democrats taking back control of the House and beginning impeachment proceedings. She thinks it will all happen unless Trump benefits from the mid-term elections as he did in the presidential election of 2016 due to Russia “fixing it.”
The funny thing is that these nightly protests began as Trump flew back to Washington from Helsinki. Reines decided that it would be a good idea to protest just outside the White House to interrupt the sleep of the president. The joke is on him, though. I don’t see much of an indication that Trump sleeps very much anyway. He’s like the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going and that is the very best way to respond to these protests.