An Elizabeth Street Window into Trump’s Character and Integrity (or Lack Thereof)

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 at 5:18 am by

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Photo: Time of the Sign

This Christmas, a new type of light…

While the Donald Trump protest banner we first reported on has been deposed from the fire escape at 224 Elizabeth Street, its creator is now supplying other residents with a new type of protest sign. One that literally sheds light on the topic of Donald Trump’s chief flaws – character and integrity.

As of last Sunday, Elizabeth Street’s friendly neighborhood protest sign-maker transformed two different windows on the block into illuminated Trump protest signs, which, although smaller than a banner, are deceptively impactful and visible at night.

First, two apartment windows near the fire escape where the banner once hung, are now lightboxes with the protest slogan: CHARACTER MATTERS. Beneath the bold type, a photo captures a younger Donald Trump with his gaping mouth about to devour a hot dog.

A few days later, the third-floor window of a building across the street, suddenly lit up with the message: DEAR DONALD … INTEGRITY MATTERS. Referring to Trump by his first name only, the signage denies the TRUMP brand and reads like a direct message from one New Yorker to another.

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While the creator of these window signs wishes to remain anonymous, we learned their motivations for the first banner, as well as the aspirations for these new Christmas decorations. Feelings of “powerlessness” and “voicelessness” were the motivators behind the banner, the sign-maker immediately explained, recalling the shock of Trump’s win on election night.

“I wanted to create something in response to this visceral sense that the immediate switch to normalizing his win, and “giving him a chance” — had to be challenged.

After a fire escape spot was secured to hang the banner, the local protestor went to work without any prior experience with sign making or hanging banners.

Two days after the election, the six-foot long Trump protest banner quickly caught the attention of pedestrians and motorists alike, many of whom stopped to point and smile or take pictures. Tourists seemed especially eager to grab a selfie with a banner in the background calling Trump out as a “loser.”

“Trump’s loss of the popular vote made the language of the banner more relevant,” the sign-maker said, diminishing Trump’s electoral win.

Through word-of-mouth, residents of Elizabeth Street began to seek out the anonymous sign-maker to request their own custom made fire escape protest banner.

“I thought it would be really inspiring to send a message, as a community.”

But faced with the price concern of large scale banners and fearing interference from landlords, the crafty sign-maker came up with the idea of turning windows into illuminated protest signs, hoping to make it easier for other residents on the block with street-facing windows to join in as part of a community protest.

The sign-maker went on to explain that: “A sense of community is difficult to develop in some New York City neighborhoods. There are so many turnovers, especially in this part of town. But you start to recognize your neighbors, the locals who are embedded, and you build community.”

“I’m descended from Puerto Rican, Russian Jewish, and Irish immigrants,” the sign-maker proudly explained when asked how a Trump’s presidency would affect New Yorkers.

“New York is where immigrants came to make a great life. I respect that ambition, and (I) feel its greater significance in the face of much of the language embedded in Trump’s campaign.”

The sign-maker is offering to help facilitate free-speech by assisting in the making and hanging of window signs – big or small. People can get in touch at timeofthesign@gmail.com and they will print signs for them, or design signs and direct them to where they can have them printed. Suggestions are welcome.

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