January 19, 2017 6:51 pm
Updated: January 19, 2017 11:19 pm

Celebrities protest Donald Trump inauguration at Trump Tower

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NEW YORK – Robert De Niro, Sally Field and other celebrities joined the mayors of New York and Minneapolis at a rally  urging cities to chart their own course on health care, climate change and other issues during Donald Trump’s administration,

Organizers said the Thursday event outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park was meant to express concern about the president-elect’s plans.

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Director Michael Moore urged the crowd to regularly call their representatives in Congress, giving out a switchboard number.

The mayors of New York City and Minneapolis also joined the rally.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who portrays an exaggerated Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” briefly did his impression for the crowd. He says Americans wary of Trump’s policies should become more civically involved.

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“Cities and towns across the country have the power to protect people and the environment by joining together,” actor Mark Ruffalo said in a statement, adding that the rally would signal to Washington “that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies.”

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New Yorkers, however, are split on how Mayor Bill de Blasio should deal with Trump, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Forty-six per cent said the Democratic mayor should try to get along with the Republican president-elect, while 45 per cent said de Blasio should be a national leader in opposing the Trump administration’s policies, the poll of 1,005 voters found. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Trump left New York for Washington on Thursday morning.

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