Hundreds plan to moon Trump Tower in protest
Hundreds have responded to a Facebook “Chicago moons Trump Tower” event, during which protesters plan to drop their trousers in front of Trump Tower Chicago.
According to the Facebook page for the event titled “Operation “Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes,” the goal of the protest is to get President Trump to release his tax returns.
“In 2006, a Maryland state circuit court determined that mooning is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment as a form of speech,” the event page says. “Donald Trump doesn’t think the American people want to see his tax returns, so let’s show him that we do in the classiest way possible!”
Protestors will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Trump Tower Chicago, and plan to moon the building for 10 seconds starting at 4 p.m. in what event organizers call “a powerful message to Washington elites.”
More than 1,000 people on the event page say they’re interested in going. Just about 400 have RSVP’d saying they would attend the protest.
The event is organized by a comedy group titled “S#!TSHOW.”
Trump shattered decades of precedent during the 2016 campaign by refusing to release his personal tax returns. At a news conference earlier this month, the president said that he had no intention of ever doing so, and argued that journalists were the only ones that wanted him to release the documents.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway reaffirmed that the president would not release the returns, saying the “people didn’t care.”
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” she said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him.”
Following Trump’s election, a petition was launched on WhiteHouse.gov demanding Trump release his personal income tax returns. The petition has since broke the website’s record with hundreds of thousands of signatures.