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Protesters Got Trump An Unusual Birthday Present

by Kate Ryan

June 16, 2017
Image via Flickr/Gage Skidmore

For President Trump’s 71st birthday on Wednesday, hundreds of protesters showed up outside Trump Tower in New York to deliver the president a special gift: a one-way ticket to Russia. According to Newsweek, the grassroots group Rise and Resist came up with the idea to crash Trump’s special day. The group, which formed shortly after Trump won the election in November, has been hosting weekly meetings to “organize actions, develop our strategy, and form a community.”

The group took Trump’s birthday as an opportunity to shine a light on the FBI investigation into his possible involvement with Russia. As one protester holding a jumbo-sized plane ticket said to Ruptly TV on Wednesday: “We want it to be an un-birthday. We want all of his dreams not to come true.”

Rise and Resist member Andy Ratto echoed that point, telling Newsweek, “Donald Trump is proposing policy after policy that will be destructive for America. While he is in D.C. blowing out the candles on his cake, we’ll be out in the streets saying we hope none of his wishes come true.”

In previous years, Trump has hosted lavish birthday parties at Trump Tower. On his birthday this year, news broke that the special counsel appointed to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia is now looking into possible obstruction of justice following Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

Amid the political scandals and legal woes that have characterized the first six months of his presidency, that ticket to Russia might sound pretty appealing right about now. 

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Protesters Got Trump An Unusual Birthday Present