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Rosie O’Donnell and Hamilton Stars Sing Show Tunes Outside White House to Protest Donald Trump


With Pennsylvania Avenue as their stage and lit-up “TREASON” signs as props, Rosie O’Donnell and more than 55 Broadway stars from Hamilton, Wicked and Les Miserables led anti-Trump protestors in song in front of the White House on Monday night — firing up the crowd as the demonstrations reached their 22nd day.

The renowned musicians and singers arrived to Washington, D.C., from New York at around 7:30 p.m., wearing matching shirts that read: “Now showing TRUTH.”

O’Donnell kicked off the evening with a fiery speech.

“Let your voice be heard. Let the president know in no uncertain terms that we are alive, awake and we are woke. We are not going away,” she told protestors.

The Broadway crew, acoustic instruments in tow, carefully chose their presidential serenades — belting out “America the Beautiful,” The Wiz’s “Everybody Rejoice,” The Sound of Music‘s “Climb Every Mountain,” Lis Miserables‘ “Do You Hear The People Sing?” and ending with HAIR’s “Let the Sunshine In.”

Here comes Broadway! #KremlinAnnex pic.twitter.com/bfNNFnIjCc

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 6, 2018

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When O’Donnell and her crew were not leading protestors in musical numbers, they listened to activists who took to the podium and joined in on chants like “Kids Need Parents,” referring to the migrant child crisis resulting from Trump’s immigration policy.

Less than an hour after arriving, the Broadway artists packed up to drive five hours back to New York City.

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The star-studded visit to Pennsylvania Avenue, a spot south of Lafayette Park dubbed the “Kremlin Annex” by protestors, was organized by the host and producer of Sirius XM’s “On Broadway,” Seth Rudestky and James Wesley, the Associated Press reported. The singers made their way to the White House together on a bus, warming up their vocals with The Sound of Music‘s “Climb Every Mountain,” a video tweeted by O’Donnell shows.

on our way 2 the white house …@KremlinAnnex #broadway #PROTESTtrump pic.twitter.com/ly8DmQ9mAr

— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 6, 2018

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The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Monday night’s performance is one of many organized by White House protestors over the last three weeks.

Now on its 22nd day, the ongoing protest began with a single tweet as Trump was flying back to Washington, D.C., from his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin — a trip that had even normally pro-Trump allies crying foul.

Former top Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines tweeted: “If someone flew home from Helsinki they’d get back to DC around 9 p.m.. You know what I’d hate if I just got back & needed sleep? A bunch of people outside my home with bullhorns & air horns. I’ve never started a protest. How does one do that @MoveOn?”

That evening, hundreds of protestors gathered to “welcome” Trump home with pots, pans, air horns and whistles. In the weeks since that first tweet, the protest has developed into a musical movement seeking to oust Trump from …read more

Source:: People.com

      

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