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For once, don’t blame The Donald!
Mayor Bill de Blasio caused traffic mayhem for his own political gains Thursday night as he headed a massive anti-Trump protest in Columbus Circle.
De Blasio speaks at the rally.Getty Images
Sand trucks lined the streets around the Trump International Hotel & Tower starting at 6 p.m. — blocking all northbound vehicular traffic along Central Park West for hours — as an estimated 20,000 people turned out for the star-studded event.
Numerous jumbotrons and a giant stage located at 60th Street didn’t help matters, either, and ultimately sparked pedestrian gridlock in and around the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway stop. “It’s terrible, I just want to go home,” fumed Mary Aliaj, a 30-year-old Staten Islander who works at the nearby Valery Joseph Salon. “It is worse [than Trump],” she said. “This is disturbing. I don’t think [the mayor] is going to solve anything. They should’ve done it somewhere that doesn’t stop other people. It’s wasting time and disturbing other people.” Many residents who weren’t involved in the protest — which was attended by Alec Baldwin, Cher, Mark Ruffalo, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rosie Perez, Shailene Woodley, Robert De Niro and Natalie Merchant — were outraged by de Blasio and how the traffic-snarling protest seemed to be fueled by his quest for the political spotlight and anger toward the president-elect. “I’m appalled at what’s happening here and I am angry at de Blasio,” said Susan Miller, a local Trump supporter. “[The protest] is a vanity project. The money could be used on housing, veterans, cleaning up the city, etc.” Amir Shamli, a 39-year-old stylist at nearby Valery #makeamericagreatagain #donaldtrump #BLM #georgesoros #blacklivesmatter #RiggedElection #trumpprotest #inauguration #potus #lgtbq #americawasnevergreat #donalddrumpf #cnn #newyear #dumptrump #2017 #corruption #election #heretostay #notmypresident #nevertrump #fucktrump #systemicracism #immigration #undocumented #mainstreammedia #trump #college #university #occupydemocrats