Sunday 28 May 2017

Clinton supporters outraged at having to vote in 'Trump Place'

Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24, 2013 in New York City. Photo: Getty
Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24, 2013 in New York City. Photo: Getty

Kevin Doyle in New York

It was the final insult for hundreds of Hillary Clinton voters - having to cast their ballot in a Donald Trump building.

In fact residents in a Clinton stronghold feel so aggrieved by having their polling station located in ‘Trump Place’ that they have started a petition to change the name.

Some residents of the tower block in Manhattan’s Upper West Side have long disliked the location but the presidential campaign has brought it to a head.

Maryann Ford was one of those who has signed the petition calling for a name change.

She spent election day with her nine-year-old son selling homemade ‘Hillary’ fridge magnets for $10 and ‘Trump a lemon’ cake for $2 just over 100 yards from the entrance to the polling station.

They’ve given 25 per cent of the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.

“I would vote for her no matter who she was running against. But it is appalling to me that this is even a contest in this country,” she told Independent.ie

Ms Ford said she “unfortunately” voted earlier in the day in the building which has a massive ‘Trump Place’ sign over the entrance.

The Republican developed the apartments in partnership with investors from Hong Kong in the 1990s.

Several hundred people have now signed the petition trying to get the name changed.

“Somebody who lives in the building put petitions underneath everybody’s door. It’s a much more liberal side of the city to live in, most Clinton supporters,” Ms Ford said.

Asked about whether she believes Clinton will be able to heal the wounds of a vicious campaign, she said: “The hard part is that she has a life-long reputation for working across the aisle.

She is someone who works well with Republicans, Independents and Democrats. People know that about her.

“There’s such vitrole that the only thing she is going to be able to do is to promise to be the president for everybody. Her actions will speak louder than words,” Ms Forde said.

The petition said residents want to “dump” the Trump name because of his “appalling treatment of women, his history of racism, his attacks on immigrants, his mockery of the disabled, his tax avoidance [and] his outright lying”.

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