It will likely be a patriotic and historic affair: On Thursday President Trump journeys to the mighty USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in lower Manhattan. Accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr. Trump will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Angry protesters will be waiting for him, however. Lots of them. Thousands may show up at a demonstration titled “Rise and Resist” if online participant response records prove correct.
“Donald Trump is coming to New York City for the first time since his inauguration. Join Rise and Resist to show the so-called-president how unpopular and unwelcome he is in his hometown. We condemn Trump and his regime of hatred and discrimination,” advise the event organizers, who plan to gather right across the street for yet another 1960s-style spectacle, costumes included.
“We’re bringing 100 signs and Lady Liberty crowns and torches: please feel free to bring your own signs, costumes, noisemakers, food, water,” they add, advising demonstrators that text alerts will go out when Mr. Trump arrives to board the vessel.
But wait, there’s more. There are many hosts for this protest, along with other assorted rallies against the president, organized by a coalition of groups that include Working Families Party, Women’s March, Common Defense, #VetsVsHate, Million Hoodies, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Mijente, United We Dream, Strong Economy for All Coalition, New York Communities for Change, Make the Road NY, Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group and the Resistance Media Collective.
Protesters are also advised to wear white if they choose and bring pots and pans to bang upon.
“We’ll drown out Trump and show that Trump and his policies are not welcome in New York,” the coalition says.
Meanwhile, will New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio be on board the USS Intrepid when the time comes? Hard to tell. He has launched a multitude of critical tweets protesting Mr. Trump’s immigration and law enforcement policies. But here’s what Mr. DeBlasio said at a recent town hall that aired on cable channel NY1:
“The White House organized that event. If they invite me in my role as mayor, I would respect that. Even though I have real differences with the president, he’s still president of the United States, and I would respect that. I don’t have any illusion that reaching out to him is going to achieve something immediate. But if it’s the kind of situation that’s a civic event, if you will, and something that is about more universal values — of course, I would participate.”
THEY WATCHED IT ANYWAY
CNN may have rejected President Trump’s new video highlighting his first 100 days in office. Much of the public, however, has not.
“The American people have fought back against CNN’s censorship. We’ve received a tremendous response over the last 24 hours from people across the country viewing our ad online. We’ve broken through a media barricade and helped spread President Trump’s message,” says Michael S. Glassner, executive director of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., which produced the ad.
“Between Facebook and YouTube alone, the ad highlighting the president’s first 100 days in office has received over 1.5 million views. The ad even became the No. 6 trending video on YouTube. We couldn’t be happier to see this type of response to CNN’s boycott of our ad. It really shows that the American people will not sit idly by and let the mainstream media act as a puppet master,” concludes Mr. Glassner. Find the video here
THE TRUST FACTOR
“For the first time since George W. Bush’s presidency, Republicans (28 percent) are more likely than Democrats (15 percent) to say they can trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time. The share of Democrats expressing trust in government is among the lowest levels for members of the party dating back nearly six decades,” says a new Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday. “The overall level of trust in government remains near historic lows; just 20 percent say they trust the government to do what’s right always or most of the time. Far more say they trust the government only some of the time (68 percent); 11 percent volunteer that they never trust the government to do what’s right.”
See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.
THE MARCH FOR LIFE PUSHES BACK
On Tuesday House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had some insight for The Washington Post on abortion.
“It’s kind of fading as an issue. It really is,” she told the news organization.
On Wednesday the March for Life — which draws many thousands of pro-life activists to the nation’s capital each January — had a response.
“It is hard to believe that abortion is ‘kind of a fading issue’ when the Democratic Party took such a radical stance on it in their 2016 presidential election platform,” says Jeanne Mancini, president of the organization. “In doing so, the party not only stepped out of line with mainstream America, but alienated many pro-life Democrats and independents — a significant portion of their base. Abortion is both a human rights issue and a social justice issue that is as prominent as ever, and the Democratic Party would be well served to rethink their extreme position.”
Fox News Channel has signed Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov as a regular contributor, offering political commentary and analysis for both Fox News and the Fox Business Network. Ms. Tarlov is a canny presence in a complicated marketplace. She is also senior director of research and consumer insight for Bustle Digital Group, which produces websites of primary interest to women. Her primary task: surveying the readership and “millennial women nationwide.”
One more thing: She has two master’s degrees and a doctorate in political science and government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
POLL DU JOUR
• 68 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do what’s right “some of the time”; 16 percent trust it “most of the time.”
• 11 percent “never” trust the federal government to do what’s right, 4 percent “always” trust it.
• 55 percent are frustrated with the federal government; 22 percent are angry at it, 19 percent are “basically content” with the government.
• 41 percent have a lot of confidence in the future of the U.S.
• 30 percent have “some” confidence.
• 20 percent have “very little confidence,” 8 percent have none at all.
Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,501 U.S. adults conducted April 5-11 and released Wednesday.
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