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Mark Ruffalo And Michael Moore Team Up To Protest At Trump Tower

Mark Ruffalo And Michael Moore Team Up To Protest At Trump Tower
Updated 9 months ago

Michael Moore's Broadway engagement, The Terms of My Surrender, had an unforgettable epilogue after Tuesday night's performance.

Moore encouraged audience members to participate in a protest against Trump's about-face comments on Charlottesville by providing a chartered bus directly from the Belasco Theater to Trump Tower in New York city.

The post-show event was co-hosted by Mark Ruffalo, who said, "It's a little field trip!" to the willing crowd, who included Harvey Weinstein, his wife Georgina Chapman, Marisa Tomei, and Fisher Stevens.

Two hundred guests of Moore's one-man show climbed aboard the city's Double Decker buses, while others were encouraged to walk the few short city blocks to Trump's residence, where he was staying for his brief visit to New York.

The protest also served to memorialize Heather Heyer, who was killed during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville when an alleged neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

Once everyone gathered at Trump Tower, Mark Ruffalo started things off with a speech. "We're here today to commemorate a life of an American that was killed by a Nazi on American soil," he said. "Let's say her name so Donald Trump can hear what's happened here — he's allowed these people, he's allowed fascism, he's allowed the KKK, he's allowed Nazis to show their ugly face, and we're here to remind him there's a cost for that. Americans have died because of that. Say her name: Heather Heyer!"

Actress Olivia Wilde, who is currently starring in the Broadway play "1984" next door to Moore's show, joined the protest following her own performance and led the crowd in an impassioned chant:  

"Stand up for justice! Stand up for America! Trump is not a legitimate president! Trump is not America!"

At the top of his one-man show, Moore addressed the audience by sharing his thoughts on Trump's support of the Charlottesville rally. "None of us can remember when an American president defended white nationalists.... After it was over, I had tears in my eyes, because it really showed me that this guy is not just crazy — he has an agenda, and he's mad that he said what they made him say, and he walked it all back." 

At the rally, Ruffalo told the crowd, "If you're losing hope, you're not doing enough."

Though impromptu field trips to Trump Tower are not guaranteed to follow each performance, audiences are sure to appreciate the firebrand host's comments on the tumultuous state of our country in a rousing, and oft-times, hilarious show. You can give in to "The Terms of My Surrender" through October 22.