Donald Trump’s speech at the tony Plaza Hotel on Friday was interrupted several times by loud protesters, including a Jewish group that likened his policies to fascism.
The Republican presidential frontrunner, in his hometown to address the Pennsylvania GOP’s annual Commonwealth Club luncheon at the high-end Manhattan hotel he once owned, was first interrupted by a half-dozen protesters.
“Mama, mama tell us why, why our people gotta die? Donald Trump is trying to bring us down, attacking people black and brown,” the mini mob chanted.
Security quickly grabbed them and booted them from the ballroom affair, which was closed to the press. Video showed a humiliated woman being thrown on the floor before being tossed out the door.
In his speech, Trump repeatedly bashed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and claimed former Mayor Ed Koch was a supporter of his.
But George Arzt, Koch’s former press secretary and close friend, said the late mayor was a huge Hillary Clinton fan so almost certainly would have backed her in the race and thought Trump was “bombastic.”
About halfway through Trump’s talk, the demonstration against him began.
A few people stood up from their table and started quoting parts of “First They Came,” a poem by Martin Niemoller about the danger of keeping silent when other groups are being persecuted.
The haunting poem’s cadence was used in reference to Trump on the Daily News’ front page Wednesday, above a photo of him holding the Statue of Liberty’s head in one hand and a scimatar in the other.
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The second wave of protesters were with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and included Upper East Side resident Jordan Wouk, 67.
“This is dangerous,” Wouk said of Trump’s popularity. “I’m very upset about what I see. It’s creeping fascism from this part of the GOP.”
Another protester, Marjory Fine, 62, said she felt compelled to interrupt because Trump’s language reminds her of the Nazis.
“What he (Trump) said about ‘make America good again’ ... it sounds like fascism,” she said.
She said it particularly bothered her as a Jewish woman whose family escaped the Holocaust by coming to the United States.
“If we weren’t allowed to come here as immigrants, we would have been in trouble,” she said.
The Donald took all of the protests in stride, saying the demonstrations showed he was “winning,” according to one attendee.He also cracked, “Wow, this is a tougher room than I thought.”
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Meanwhile, the gloves are finally off between Trump and rival Ted Cruz, even if Cruz would rather have kept them on.
After the Texas senator got caught on tape criticizing Trump’s “judgment” at a private fund-raiser, the divisive billionaire took aim at the man he said just a few weeks ago could be his vice presidential pick.
“Looks like @tedcruz is getting ready to attack. I am leading by so much he must. I hope so, he will fall like all others. Will be easy!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Cruz has assiduously worked not to offend Trump throughout the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, seeking to keep a detente going and positioning himself to pick up some of the inflammatory mogul’s voters. But in a closed-door meeting, he questioned Trump’s judgment and readiness to be commander-in-chief, after admitting that he’s looked to “bear hug” Trump and Ben Carson during the race.
Trump is even stirring up even more controversy in Dubai, where his image and name were removed from a golf course and housing development amid uproar over his comments about banning Muslim travelers from the United States.
The disappearance of Trump’s branding from the multibillion-dollar development on the outskirts of Dubai comes as concerns over his comments grow in the Middle East, a region in which the businessman long has sought money-making opportunities.
Some of his deals appear to be in jeopardy, with the company behind the Trump Towers in Istanbul now saying it is assessing its partnership with the Republican.
In Dubai, Trump had a deal with Damac Properties to license his name and image for a housing project and two golf courses for an undisclosed sum.
A billboard once showing Trump golfing had been at Damac’s Akoya development, as well as an image of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
On Friday, all that remained was the board’s brown background, though another billboard declaring the development “The Beverly Hills of Dubai” still stood nearby.
Damac Properties has declined to comment on the removal of Trump’s name and billboard from the property.
Back home, the website for Trump Towers, Trump’s glitzy signature skyscraper in Manhattan, went offline for at least an hour Friday after activist hacking group Anonymous denounced the real-estate mogul for his anti-Muslim comments.
The website for the 68-story Trump Towers, which Trump often uses for his campaign, was down after a tweet from an account associated with the hacking collective that said: “Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred.”