A Fourth of July “teach-in” at Trump Tower became more of a shouting match between attendees and counter protesters on Tuesday, according to AM New York.
The event was held in the fifth-floor garden of Trump Tower by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), and its focus was immigration reform. A handful of Trump supporters attended as well.
Dozens of attendees shared their personal stories and struggles. One of them, “William,” said he arrived in New York last November, a Jewish man seeking asylum from his home country of Iran:
I share the same pain as many other refugees. I came here to pursue a better life, like many others who are running from wars and massacres. I came here because I was running from a regime that does not recognize my Jewish identity.
Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, the chapter director of the central New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he was at Trump Tower to “celebrate what truly makes America great”:
It is unfortunate that we have to stand here today on the birthday of our country to talk about hatred and bigotry in order to overcome the challenges that we’ve historically endured as a nation. But it won’t stop today—our ability to have resolve won’t stop today.
Later, about two dozen protesters marched up to the building’s entrance on Fifth Avenue, yelling anti-fascist chants. A few Trump supporters, already stationed outside, quickly confronted them. Happily, there were no physical altercations.
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